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Here Are the New Laws That Go Into Effect in 2022 That Could Impact Travelers

While hundreds of new laws go into effect on January 1 this year, only a handful have the potential to affect travelers.
One thing that’s certain to change in the course of 2022 will be rules governing vaccine passports and what the requirements will be for adults as well as for children to enter restaurants, cafés, fitness centers, theaters, and cinemas, among other indoor establishments.
The rules range from the very strict …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Dec. 14: California Issues Statewide Mask Mandate

Coronavirus News Briefing – Dec. 14: California Issues Statewide Mask Mandate

California issued a statewide indoor mask mandate, days after New York State did the same.  The state will require that all residents – regardless of vaccination status – don face masks indoors.  The mandate goes into effect on Wednesday and will remain in place until at least January 15.
The Broadway show “Freestyle Love Supreme” and off-Broadway’s “Little Shop of Horrors” cancelled some of their weekend performances due to exposure of …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Dec. 12: Austria Ends Lockdown for Vaccinated Individuals

Coronavirus News Briefing – Dec. 12: Austria Ends Lockdown for Vaccinated Individuals

 
Austria officially ended its three-week lockdown for vaccinated individuals, although a full lockdown continues for non-vaccinated people.
Since the start of the lockdown, the number of new cases in the Alpine nation has plummeted.  On Friday, health officials there  reported 367.5 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants, down from 1,102.4, the figure on the first day of the lockdown in November.
Meanwhile, the omicron variant has been found in wastewater in both California …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Dec. 5: Thousands Protest in Vienna Against New Strict Pandemic Measures

Coronavirus News Briefing – Dec. 5: Thousands Protest in Vienna Against New Strict Pandemic Measures

Over 40,000 people took to the streets of Vienna to protest a tough new national lockdown and comprehensive vaccine mandate for all adults in an attempt to stem a sharp increase in new infections and deaths there.  The Landespolizeidirektion Wien said in a tweet confirmed the number in tweet, adding that 1,500 people staged counterprotests.
The far-right Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs, the third largest group in Parliament, has led the fight against …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Dec. 3: More Omicron Cases in the U.S., Oslo Party Source of World’s Largest Outbreak

Coronavirus News Briefing – Dec. 3: More Omicron Cases in the U.S., Oslo Party Source of World’s Largest Outbreak

 
The new omicron variant of the coronavirus, first identified in South Africa, is starting to appear in the United States, health officials there said.  Cases have been reported in California, Colorado, Hawaii, and Minnesota.
New York State confirmed its first five cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus, Governor Kathy Hochul and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced at a joint press conference.  “This is not a major …

Hawaiian Air to Ramp Up Holiday Service to Seattle and California

Hawaiian Air to Ramp Up Holiday Service to Seattle and California

Hawaiian Airlines announced plans to ramp up service linking the Aloha State with Seattle and multiple destinations in California.
Hawaii has enjoyed some of the lowest infection, hospitalization, and death rates in the nation throughout the pandemic although, more recently, the islands experienced a large surge of delta variant cases, causing the state’s governor, David Ige, to ask visitors to delay trips.  Governor Ige now says that the return to a …

American Airlines Transcon Flight Diverted After Passenger Attacks Flight Attendant Over Mask Rule

American Airlines Transcon Flight Diverted After Passenger Attacks Flight Attendant Over Mask Rule

A transcontinental American Airlines flight was diverted to Denver after a passenger assaulted a flight attendant over the face mask rule.
American Flight 976, which had departed New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport at 4:29 p.m. local time en route to John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, was diverted due to the incident.
The passenger was arrested at the gate upon arrival after landing at Denver International Airport at 6:30 …