California parks, playgrounds can reopen under COVID-19 rule

California playgrounds can now reopen statewide under all coronavirus risk tiers, according to new guidance released by the state.

The California Department of Public Health on Monday issued guidance explaining how outdoor playgrounds and other recreational facilities must be used during the COVID-19 emergency. The guidance does not cover indoor playgrounds or family entertainment centers, which must remain closed.

The new rules require that everyone 2 years of age and older wear a face covering, and that children remain under adult supervision to ensure that masks stay on.

The guidance also requires that playgrounds post a maximum capacity, and that different households maintain a distance of six feet from each other.

Eating and drinking is restricted, in order to ensure mask use, and visits should be limited to 30 minutes when others are present, under the new guidance.

The guidance comes nearly two weeks after a group of nearly two

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How Does A Resort Reopen Itself To The World Via Social Media Post Covid-19?

Once forced to close due to the coronavirus pandemic, vacation destinations now face two distinct challenges as they reopen in stages. They must determine all the protocols designed to manage the virus that must be installed. Then, they must let the world know they’re back in business.

Social media plays a huge role in those reopening announcements. We take a look at one brief case study taken from Villa del Palmar Beach Resort and Spa at the Islands of Loreto.

Like so many resorts on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula and around the world, the uncertainty and panic of the Covid-19 pandemic led to Villa Del Palmar’s closure. Once Mexico began its slow, staged reopening and the resort could begin the gradual process of welcoming travelers

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New York City says child care will be available for 100K children in the fall as schools partially reopen

New York City plans to provide child care for 100,000 children once its schools partially reopen in the fall with the goal of expanding that capacity even further during the school year, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday.

New York’s schools have preliminary plans for a “blended learning” approach for its 1.1 million students, relying on a combination of in-person and remote learning beginning in September. With the current hybrid plan, most students would be inside their physical schools just two or three days a week as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

The new child care capacity will be available to parents on the days that a child’s school is remote and “regardless of ability to pay,” de Blasio and other city officials said Thursday when announcing the plan.

“We’ve got to give more ability to parents who need to get back to work …child care will make all the difference

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Greece, Malta and Norway reopen to UK holidaymakers

Greece has reopened, but tourists remain few and far between - Getty
Greece has reopened, but tourists remain few and far between – Getty

Greece, Malta and Norway have reopened to UK holidaymakers, taking the number of countries Britons can visit without significant restrictions to 26. 

While Greece rebooted its vital tourism industry on July 1, a ban on direct flights from Britain was extended due to the UK’s relatively high infection rate. Flights can resume from today. 

Among the first airlines to return will be BA, which has availability on its 1150 departure to Athens tomorrow, and Wizz, which is offering flights to Athens and Crete from Thursday. Tui, Europe’s biggest tour operator, also plans to restart Greek holidays in the coming days. 

Arrivals in Greece must complete an online form. They may also be asked to undergo testing for coronavirus, but this is unlikely.

Malta reopened to tourists on July 1, but only those from selected countries including Germany and

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Push to Reopen U.S. Schools; New York Cases Steady: Virus Update

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U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said “the rule should be that kids go back to school this fall,” despite rising cases around the country. New York reported 677 new cases, in line with daily rises in the last week, and five deaths.

South Africa may reintroduce tighter regulations on the movement of people and curb sales of alcohol as coronavirus infections soar, the Sunday Times reported. Hungary is also restricting travel after spikes in neighboring countries. Infections in Germany increased by 377.

Thailand plans to start human trials for a locally developed, potential Covid-19 vaccine as early as September, making it among the first done outside high-income countries, after encouraging results in monkeys and mice.

Infections in Germany increased by 377.

Key Developments:

Global Tracker: Cases top 12.7 million; deaths surpass 565,000Aversion to mask-wearing holds back U.S. economyU.K. set to tighten rules on wearing face masksWall Street forges

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Palos Heights Pool To Reopen With COVID-19 Restrictions

PALOS HEIGHTS, IL — Palos Heights Parks and Recreation is planning to open the community pool Monday, July 13, as Illinois enters Phase 4 of the state’s reopening. The pool is limited to preregistration. Reserved public swim sessions will be offered through Aug.16. Face masks are required when not in the water, and patrons must practice social distancing.

Team and adult swim for persons 18 and older will be offered in 45-minute sessions with a capacity limit of 18 swimmers; the wading pool (16 persons, 90 minutes); and open swim (50 persons, 2-hour sessions).

Palos Heights residents will receive preference when preregistering for one of the pool options. The cost for adults is $4/$8 for residents/non-residents; wading pool $4/$8 residents/non-residents; and open swim $7/$12 (residents and non-residents. If the pool opens as scheduled, no refunds will be given, regardless of the reason for not keeping the reservation.

The parks and

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How spas will look when they reopen after lockdown

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Getty Images/iStockphoto

After months of lockdown spent juggling working from home with parenting, health concerns and financial woes, many of us have been left feeling anxious, fatigued and highly strung.

If there was ever a time for self-care it is now. The ultimate spa experience is something many of us are desperate to indulge in, with our sunlight-starved skin and poor posture longing to be pacified by the hands of a professional while surrounded by lavender scented spritzes and soft music.

Just like hairdressers and beauty salons, all spas have been closed since Boris Johnson imposed a nationwide lockdown on 23 March. Now, the government has announced that spas will be allowed to open as early as next week, with Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announcing on Thursday that beauty salons can resume business as of 13 July.

The date for the grand reopening of personal care establishments was subject to

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Boris needs to reopen gyms and spas for the health of the nation

Spa mask
Spa mask

Last weekend, the light at the end of the lockdown tunnel shone slightly brighter as the Prime Minister allowed more businesses in England to reopen in a Covid-secure way. Saturday, July 4 – dubbed “Super Saturday” – was the Independence Day the country had been waiting for: a taste of liberty after varying degrees of lockdown. A list that included effective ‘air corridors’ had been published, enabling summer holidays abroad, social distancing was reduced to one metre-plus, pubs poured pints and hairdressers fashioned the latest post-corona barnets.

Major sections of the hospitality and leisure industries reopened in what was the biggest return to freedom since the country went into full-scale lockdown on March 23. For many hotels across England this was excellent news, until the PM’s address on June 23 when he said: “‘Close proximity’ venues such as nightclubs, soft-play areas, indoor gyms, swimming pools, water parks, bowling

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Newark COVID Reopen Updates: Dining, Shopping And More

NEWARK, NJ — Recovering from the coronavirus shutdown has been a slow process, Newark. But there’s good news: the “new normal” is getting closer.

Newark’s restaurants, stores, businesses and other cultural institutions continue to reawaken from the COVID-19 shutdown that threw a devastating monkey wrench into New Jersey’s economy.

A new wave of adjustments will come when restaurants get the go-ahead to reopen for limited dining indoors on Thursday, July 2.

In addition, several entertainment venues and industries will be allowed to reopen at 25 percent capacity on July 2, including museums, bowling alleys and arcades.

Read More: Gov. Murphy: ‘Hard Dates’ In NJ Coronavirus Reopening Blueprint

In Newark, businesses and local attractions are being graded by color – green, yellow and red – according to their risk levels. See the city’s full reopening plan here.

Catch up on the latest updates in Newark below.


New Jersey restaurants and

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How the internet is rallying around Disney workers as parks reopen amid a rise in coronavirus cases

As coronavirus cases continue to increase, Disney workers and fans are expressing concern about the dangers that reopening the parks may pose. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
As coronavirus cases continue to increase, Disney workers and fans are expressing concern about the dangers that reopening the parks may pose. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Disney World and Disneyland are still scheduled to reopen in early July, despite a surge in COVID-19 cases in Florida and California, where the theme parks are located. And both employees and fans are concerned.

The Florida Department of Public Health revealed earlier this week that the state saw 3,289 new positive COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the state’s total number of COVID-19 cases to 103,506. In California, public health data revealed that the state saw a whopping 7,149 on Tuesday alone.

As of now, Disney plans to reopen the Downtown Disney District on July 9. After that, the Disneyland and California Adventure theme parks will reopen on July 17, followed by the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel on July

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