Summer

Contract workers for summer festivals look for job options amid COVID

CBS News is chronicling what has changed for the lives of residents across the nation in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Spring and summer in San Francisco are typically the busiest seasons of the year for Stephanie Mufson. 

Her small business, Parade Guys works with a group of 30 to 40 contractors to create floats and large displays for many of the parades in Northern California. A team of painters, builders, and sculptors would typically be producing floats for events like the San Francisco Pride parade or Fourth of July celebrations.

Stephanie Mufson's small business, Parade Guys, works with a group of 30 to 40 contractors to create floats and large displays for many of the parades in Northern California.
Stephanie Mufson’s small business, Parade Guys, works with a group of 30 to 40 contractors to create floats and large displays for many of the parades in Northern California.

Since large outdoor festivals are being cancelled and celebrations are moving to virtual formats, independent workers who rely heavily on seasonal events are now searching for new ways to make

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When, where and how will you be able to travel abroad in the summer of 2020?

Waiting game: passengers at Heathrow airport: Simon Calder
Waiting game: passengers at Heathrow airport: Simon Calder

UK holidaymakers will be able to travel abroad this summer – though it is not yet clear to which destinations.

At present a “double lock” effectively prevents most overseas travel. The Foreign Office advises against all but essential journeys abroad, while anyone returning to the UK faces two weeks of self-isolation.

The measures have already triggered the cancellation of millions of trips and stifled new outbound and inbound bookings.

But in the next few days the government will set out a list of countries for which both the Foreign Office warning and the quarantine requirement will be lifted.

These are the key questions and answers.

What is changing?

On Wednesday, 1 July, the government is expected to say that the current rules will be relaxed on 6 July for a range of destinations.

Simultaneously, the Foreign Office no-go warning and the need

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30 Money Mistakes You’re Probably Making This Summer

Summer is usually a time to cut loose and have fun, and while you may not be traveling as much this year, there are still ways to enjoy the season. If you’re not careful, though, fun can lead to overspending and a multitude of other money mistakes.

You certainly don’t want to pay for those mistakes the rest of the year. So, to maintain your financial well-being while still enjoying summer, avoid making these money mistakes.

1. Overspending on Summer Fun Rather Than Saving

While there may not be as much to do outside this summer, there are still plenty of ways to have a good time, especially as things open up. It’s important to keep an eye on your health and your budget though.

“For whatever reason, people can’t prevent themselves from spending out of their limits during the summer,” said Michael Cirelli, a financial advisor with SAI Financial

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Everything You Need to Know About the NBA’s Big Plan to Return This Summer

It was a long, strange spring for sports fans. And you can only imagine how it felt for the athletes who were supposed to be focused on competing, training and/or negotiating new deals, and not a heck of a lot else. 

After the NBA abruptly suspended its season on March 11 when Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, with five weeks to go before the playoffs were supposed to begin, the dominoes fell quickly. Within a few weeks practically everything else in the wide world of sports was subsequently shut down or canceled, from March Madness and the Little League World Series to horse racing’s Triple Crown and the 2020 Summer Olympics, with just about every level of competition in between snuffed out as reported cases of the novel coronavirus started to multiply.

Suffice it to say, league officials, organizers and players from all over the world,

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Your options for holidays and weekends away in the UK this summer

New age: the old Trafford Park Hotel, west of Manchester: Simon Calder
New age: the old Trafford Park Hotel, west of Manchester: Simon Calder

As expected, the prime minister has said that hotels, B&Bs, caravan parks and campsites in England will be able to open from 4 July 2020. The “social-distancing” guidance has halved from two metres to one in England.

But Boris Johnson left out much of detail. In addition, other UK nations have very different policies.

The key questions are answered here.

What are the rules at present?

At present the UK government says: “No person should stay overnight away from their own home for a holiday.”

A few very specific exemptions are granted:

  • People unable to return to their main residence

  • “Those isolating themselves from others as required by law” (for example quarantinees, ie new arrivals from overseas who are required to self-isolate for 14 days)

  • “Any critical worker that is part of the effort to deal with coronavirus,

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your options for domestic holidays this summer

New age: the old Trafford Park Hotel, west of Manchester: Simon Calder
New age: the old Trafford Park Hotel, west of Manchester: Simon Calder

As expected, the prime minister has said that hotels, B&Bs, caravan parks and campsites in England will be able to open from 4 July 2020. The “social-distancing” guidance has halved from two metres to one in England.

But Boris Johnson left out much of detail. In addition, other UK nations have very different policies.

The key questions are answered here.

What are the rules at present?

At present the UK government says: “No person should stay overnight away from their own home for a holiday.”

A few very specific exemptions are granted:

  • People unable to return to their main residence

  • “Those isolating themselves from others as required by law” (for example quarantinees, ie new arrivals from overseas who are required to self-isolate for 14 days)

  • “Any critical worker that is part of the effort to deal with coronavirus,

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Is it safe to travel to Spain this summer? Latest Foreign Office advice and restrictions

Playa de Formentor, Mallorca, Spain: istock
Playa de Formentor, Mallorca, Spain: istock

As countries around the globe tentatively begin to relax restrictions on travel, the promise of tapas al fresco and long, lazy sun-filled days beside the sea come top of the travel wish-list for many tourists.

Spain has long topped the list as one of the UK’s favourite holiday destinations, with more than 18 million British tourists visiting in 2019 – a fifth of the country’s overall total of nearly 84 million visitors, according to figures from the National Institute of Statistics.

But can British holidaymakers get there? And will we be welcome if we do?

Here’s all the information you need to know.

Am I allowed to travel to Spain from the UK?

At the moment, the Foreign Office is advising against all non-essential international travel – including to Spain.

The ban was initially put in place to avoid Britons getting stuck abroad as

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10 tech gadgets to help make summer awesome

We made it to June! Yes, celebrations are hard right now – hard to pull off and sometimes difficult to enjoy – but we don’t want to forget about our amazing dads, equally awesome new grads and all the summer fun the best gadgets around can make even better. 

If pandemic times have taught us anything about our gadgets, it’s that we don’t need every new-fangled techy-toy to come along. Just the ones that help us stay healthy, connected, and having a blast, no matter what. Here at the 10 best gadgets you can still get in time to help with all of those goals.

Handheld UVC sterilizer Monos CleanPod ($90)
Handheld UVC sterilizer Monos CleanPod ($90)

Keep it clean

One of the hottest new gadgets around is a hairbrush-sized, cordless, handheld UVC sterilizer called the Monos CleanPod ($90). Charge it up, then pack it in a backpack, purse, or glove compartment, and you’re good to

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Everything you need to know about visiting Spain this summer

Playa de Formentor, Mallorca, Spain: istock
Playa de Formentor, Mallorca, Spain: istock

As countries around the globe tentatively begin to relax restrictions on travel, the promise of tapas al fresco and long, lazy sun-filled days beside the sea come top of the travel wish-list for many tourists.

Spain has long topped the list as one of the UK’s favourite holiday destinations, with more than 18 million British tourists visiting in 2019 – a fifth of the country’s overall total of nearly 84 million visitors, according to figures from the National Institute of Statistics.

But can British holidaymakers get there? And will we be welcome if we do?

Here’s all the information you need to know.

Am I allowed to travel to Spain from the UK?

At the moment, the Foreign Office is advising against all non-essential international travel – including to Spain.

The ban was initially put in place to avoid Britons getting stuck abroad as

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Traveling this summer? These 12 things will keep you safe and comfortable

12 things you need for safe travel during the coronavirus pandemic
12 things you need for safe travel during the coronavirus pandemic

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As states lift their stay-at-home orders after months of quarantine, more and more people are beginning to venture out. But they aren’t just heading to the grocery store or the gym—some people are starting to travel again, as well.

Whether it be for business or pleasure, traveling during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic isn’t the same as it was before all of this began. Not only are airports, airlines, and other public transportation companies instituting new rules and cleaning procedures, but travelers themselves must also be prepared with the right essentials to stay safe and prevent any further spread of the virus. 

If you have plans to travel in the near future, we’ve rounded up 12 things to help you stay

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