Day: September 16, 2020

Mayor Reviews 2020 Since Covid Shutdown

LAGUNA BEACH, CA — Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen delivered the State of the City Address Tuesday evening from his home over Zoom.

The online meetings are the new method of getting city business into the public eye since the coronavirus began. Since March, when Laguna Beach officials made swift, proactive decisions, coronavirus challenges have been vast to the city, county, state, country, and world.

“Nobody planned for COVID-19 to hit. While the lack of preparedness can’t be overlooked, it’s our response that matters,” he told the populace at large.

First, the city council made the impossible decision to implement a beach and business shutdown, among the first to do so in southern California. Second, they initiated the rapid plan and implementation of closing Promenade on Forest to cars, to keep restaurants and businesses going. At the same time, major town events were shut down for the summer, and more

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Airlines Seek Gate Checks for Virus to Revive Foreign Travel

(Bloomberg) — A coalition of international airline and aviation groups is calling on U.S. government leaders to help set Covid-19 testing protocols to assuage passenger concerns and boost severely depressed international travel.



a group of people standing in a room: A worker speaks with travelers at San Francisco International Airport on Aug. 31.


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A worker speaks with travelers at San Francisco International Airport on Aug. 31.

In a letter to three cabinet secretaries signed by 18 groups, they call on the government to set up “a globally accepted framework for testing protocols for international travel.” The plea comes as the U.S. and U.K. are discussing virus protections aimed at reopening travel between the two countries.

Traffic on most international routes has fallen dramatically since the pandemic emerged across the world in March.

“Coordinated and deliberate action must be taken to safely reopen the international travel market,” the letter said. “A collaborative approach between governments and industry will help to ensure the development of standardized measures that promote needed consistency

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Walktober In Maryland To Celebrate State’s Official Exercise

MARYLAND — The Maryland Department of Transportation is partnering with state and local agencies, nonprofits and communities across Maryland to host Walktober, a monthlong series of activities and virtual webinars in October promoting the state’s official exercise: walking. Maryland named walking as the official state exercise in October 2008.

Walktober includes the Oct. 7 celebration of the sixth annual Walk Maryland Day, as well as four webinars focusing on pedestrian safety, health and walking as a commuting option. The webinars – or “walkinars” – are being held online, rather than in-person events, to encourage safe practices as Maryland continues recovering from coronavirus. Residents are invited to sign up for the 90-minute walkinars, which feature local, state and national speakers.

“Walking is not only our state exercise, but it’s been an important strategy for Marylanders dealing with the challenges of COVID-19,” said Gov. Larry Hogan. “While many people have been teleworking

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