Day: June 13, 2020

What will holidays / travel look like after coronavirus lockdown?

Travel, the luxury most of us took for granted up until March, has never felt more needed, with many of us desperate to swap the four walls that kept us safe in isolation for the white-washed stone of a Spanish villa. But from self-cleaning hotel rooms to temperature checks at airports, what will holidays actually look like post-coronavirus lockdown?

The reality is that travel as we know it has changed for the foreseeable future. Gone are on a whim weekend breaks to European cities and nights in far-flung, cheap as chips hostels. As we all come to terms with lengthy quarantines, health checks and levels of accommodation hygiene that would put Queen of Clean Marie Kondo to shame, things are likely to look pretty different when it comes to your annual leave.

The good news is that the desire to travel hasn’t left us. Numerous surveys indicate most Brits can’t

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The online wine shops still delivering during lockdown

Whether you’re pairing a bottle with a nice dinner in the garden after being sat indoors working all day, or over a Zoom call for a catch up with friends, trying times often call for a glass of wine.

Wine isn’t counted as an essential item – although we all know the relaxing benefits of a glass or two, especially at this time – so we advise instead of making special trips out to buy wine, that you order online.

Not only is it a way to support smaller businesses who will have shut their shop doors, it means you’ll barely need to get off the sofa to receive it.

The Winchester wine festival, whose annual event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus spread, has compiled a detailed long list of vendors due to be at the festival who are accommodating with online orders instead.

Many are offering free

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Airbnb-NYC Settlement Means Hosts Will Have to Pay Taxes or Leave the Platform

Ending a years-long skirmish over complying with short-term rental regulations, Airbnb and New York City reached a settlement that requires Airbnb to provide the city with host information, including names, physical addresses, phone numbers and emails. If hosts don’t consent to the data transfer, they would be barred from listing their properties on the platform.

That Airbnb consented to such a settlement in one of its biggest global markets may have implications for other cities.

With some exceptions, such as for private and shared-room listings and properties that were listed for fewer than four nights in the previous quarter, New York hosts would be subject to paying state sales and use tax, New York City hotel occupancy taxes, and city and state nightly room fees.

“This information will only be provided for hosts who have consented — but hosts who do not consent will not be able to list their

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Will reopening more businesses bring serious new outbreaks?

Robert Hennie works out at a makeshift gym in a closed playground area at De Portola Park in Torrance on April 2. On Friday, L.A. County will allow fitness centers and gyms to reopen. <span class="copyright">(Christina House / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Robert Hennie works out at a makeshift gym in a closed playground area at De Portola Park in Torrance on April 2. On Friday, L.A. County will allow fitness centers and gyms to reopen. (Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles County is facing a critical new test in its battle against the coronavirus.

Officials are taking another major step in reopening the economy as a slew of additional businesses get the green light to begin accepting customers — and anxious health officials wait to see how much these new activities worsen the spread of the highly contagious virus.

On Friday, L.A. County will allow the reopening of gyms; venues such as museums, zoos and aquariums; campgrounds; and hotels for leisure travel. It will also greenlight the resumption of music, film and TV productions.

The reopening comes as the virus’s toll continues to grow. Officials Thursday reported 50 more

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the best face coverings to buy online

Ministers have announced that it will be mandatory to wear facial masks and coverings when using public transport from June 15.

That means if you use trains, tubes, trams, ferries, planes or buses, you must cover your nose and mouth to help contain the spread of coronavirus. Those without an adequate face covering could be refused travel on public transport and may even face a fine.

Many people have already been wearing masks for walks or to shop for groceries, but now it’s official – and there’s more choice than ever.

Not to be mistaken for clinical medical grade face masks (or PPE), which NHS staff and frontline workers still need to stay safe, facial masks and coverings are typically made from cloth and elastic and sometimes feature a removable filter so that you can change it to keep it working effectively.

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‘Feeling great, beautiful day!’ Yosemite National Park reopens with changes

Gary Egorov didn’t let not being able to get a day-use reservation stop him from getting into Yosemite National Park on Thursday.

The cyclist from Fresno parked in Oakhurst and rode his bicycle up Highway 41.

“Feeling great, beautiful day!” Egorov said after he passed through the park’s south gate around 8 a.m. He waited in a line of about 15 cars and a motorcyclist, who he joked with about switching bikes.

Egorov tried unsuccessfully to get a vehicle reservation online Tuesday, initially planning to bike to Glacier Point from Wawona within the park boundary.

Other visitors in the park either secured a newly-required $2 day-use reservation – needed in addition to normal entrance fees – or had overnight reservations in Yosemite and didn’t need a day-use ticket for admittance. Day-use reservations were sold for the first time Tuesday via recreation.gov, which had some website issues.

Yosemite announced Monday that

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Meet the man stranded on an island in the middle of lockdown

A Brit traveller has spoken of his experiences after becoming stranded on an island under strict lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic.

Daniel Worthington, 29, from Manchester was on a round the world trip, and had spent 18 months travelling the globe.

In March, he arrived on the Thai island of Phuket for a friend’s wedding and had checked into a nearby Marriott Hotel – but then the global COVID-19 outbreak kicked in.

According to Worthington, life on the island “became quieter”, before the ensuing lockdown “happened very quickly”.

A strict curfew came into place in Thailand – with rules enforced by law. (Daniel Worthington)

Management pushed a letter under the door of his room each morning saying of new restrictions in place.

The traveller, who runs an online business, told Yahoo News UK: “One day it said the beaches were closing, which is unheard of here.

“The next day,

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the online hustle to be everywhere

Dave Basulto had a good business going with sales of his iOgrapher iPhone case for filmmakers, selling thousands to schools across the country, based on in-person demos and meetings with teachers. 

Then the pandemic hit, and he couldn’t travel, thus eliminating a huge chunk of his income. 

So he was forced to get creative, hustling from home to create a new gig, online seminars, and he turned to all the usual tools to sell them. Not just one – as in Facebook or Twitter, but everything: Instagram, YouTube, the “free e-book,” lead generator, blogging, vlogging, LinkedIn, you name it. 

“I was very stressed when this started,” he says. “Our bread and butter are schools. I had to get the word out on something different.”

Dave Basulto, the creator of the iOgrapher mobile video case
Dave Basulto, the creator of the iOgrapher mobile video case

And with working at home eliminating in-person calls or appearing at trade shows as he’s done

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Brad Hoylman Defends State Senate Seat

GREENWICH VILLAGE, MANHATTAN — Democrats living in Manhattan’s 27th state senate district — which stretches from the Village to the Upper West Side — will head to the polls on June 23 to cast their ballot in this year’s primary race.

On the ballot will be incumbent state Sen. Brad Hoylman, who has held the seat since 2013, and Elizabeth Glass, a first-time challenger from the East Village.

The June election will be the first time Hoylman has faced a primary challenger since 2012, when he first ran for the 27th District after Sen. Thomas Duane retired.

Hoylman, who lives in Greenwich Village with his husband and two daughters, currently chairs the senate’s Judiciary Committee and is a member of the Finance, Health, Rules, Cities and Cultural Affairs, Tourism and Recreation committees. He previously served as a Democratic District Leader, chair of Manhattan Community Board 2 a board member of

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What do the new rules mean for my travel plans?

These are the key questions and answers about what the UK’s first blanket quarantine policy means for travellers.

What is happening – and why now?

Most travellers coming to the UK by air, sea or rail are required to self-isolate for 14 days from the day following the day of arrival.

The only exception is if they are leaving the country before the two weeks are up.

The obligation applies to returning holidaymakers as well as foreign visitors to the UK.

The home secretary, Priti Patel, justified the measure by saying: “We are taking these measures at the right time because we are serious about saving lives and controlling the virus.

“Now we are past the peak of this virus, we must take steps to guard against imported cases, triggering a resurgence of this deadly disease.

“As the transmission rate across the UK falls, and the number of travellers arriving

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