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From disc golf to patio dining, a safe fall vacation starts in Clarksville

Find a variety of socially distanced activities for the whole family in northern Tennessee.

From biking to breweries, there is plenty to do in Clarksville this fall. (Photo: Visit Clarksville)

After spending so much time at home this spring and summer, many people are craving a fall getaway. But finding the right destination — one that is safe with social distancing, mask wearing and disinfecting — isn’t always easy.

Smaller-sized cities like Clarksville, Tennessee, are the perfect option. Clarksville, with its gorgeous fall colors, moderate temperatures and plenty to do, offers something for everyone.

Clarksville is Tennessee’s fifth-largest city — big enough to experience nightlife and culture, but small and quaint enough to take in the area’s natural beauty. And a variety of outdoor attractions, as well as businesses that are doing their part to make the city a safe destination, mean Clarksville is the perfect place to visit during the pandemic.

Ready to get away? Here are six great reasons to visit Clarksville.

Hiking, biking and recreation

Clarksville bursts with fall color every fall — and one of the best ways to see it is by hiking, biking and visiting parks throughout the city.

The 9-mile-long Clarksville Greenway, a converted railroad, is perfect for walking, running, biking or skating. The trail takes visitors along creek and river views, fields, bluffs and hills. Rotary Park, which has an ADA-accessible playground, is perfect for families — and the park’s disc golf course is a favorite for people of all ages.

For those who prefer a faster-paced experience, the family-friendly North Ford Street Mountain Bike Trail provides exhilarating hills, jumps and tight switchbacks. People who want to experience everything from restaurants, a playground and public art should take a stroll along the Cumberland RiverWalk, which connects directly to downtown via the Upland Trail. And history buffs should consider driving along the African American Legacy Trail, which includes 22 historic sites and points of interest such as the Mount Olive Cemetery and the Wilma Rudolph exhibit at the Customs House Museum.

History

An important location during the Civil War, Clarksville is steeped in history with battlefields, cemeteries and memorials that can be found throughout the city.

Fort Defiance Civil War Park & Interpretive Center is located on a bluff 200 feet above where the Red and Cumberland rivers come together. During the Civil War, the fort housed Confederate troops who defended the river approach to Clarksville. Captured by Union forces, the fort became a place of refuge for runaway and freed slaves. Today, the fort and interpretive center offer a wide variety of events and exhibits.

Other historic sites include the Battle of Riggins Hill, the site of a major Civil War battle in the Clarksville area; and the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center, originally built in the late 19th century as a federal post office to accommodate the high volume of mail that resulted from the area’s tobacco

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A travel group report says flying is safe. The doctor whose research it cited says not so fast.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA), a global airline trade group representing 290 carriers in 120 countries, published a report this month aiming to reassure grounded travelers about the future of flying. The group collected medical journal data on in-flight coronavirus cases and used it to declare that commercial flights have a “low incidence of inflight COVID-19 transmission” when masks are worn.



(Illustration by Woody Harrington for The Washington Post)


(Illustration by Woody Harrington for The Washington Post)

Following an abundance of new research, the report says, only 44 cases of coronavirus have been linked to a flight, during a period when 1.2 billion passengers traveled.

But a doctor whose work was cited in the report says that the group is misrepresenting his findings by only counting proven flight-linked cases that were published in medical journals.

“IATA is taking it to an extreme saying there’s ‘little’ risk in flying,” says David Freedman, an infectious-disease specialist at the University of Alabama whose February 2020 study is cited in the IATA report. “What they want is to throw this number on the risk of flying … and we don’t know what that risk is yet. I’m not saying the risk is high, but there is some risk. It just looks like masks help a lot.”

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The bottom line, Freedman says, is that cases linked to air travel are very difficult to scientifically prove because passengers are not usually monitored after flying and therefore are not tallied if they become sick. It’s also nearly impossible to determine whether sick passengers picked up the virus on a plane as opposed to in an airport or on the way there, he says. “And if you can’t prove it, it doesn’t end up in a journal.”

A more recent study of Freedman’s, published in September 2020, says “the absence of large numbers of published in-flight transmissions of SARS-CoV-2 is not definitive evidence of safety.”

While an abundance of in-flight research on covid-19 has recently come to light, Freedman is not alone in his assessment that it’s unclear if flying is a low-risk endeavor amid the pandemic.

Brad Pollock, the associate dean of public health sciences at the University of California at Davis, agrees with Freedman’s assessment of IATA’s report, calling it an “overreach.” Studies do not account for unpredictable passengers who board planes every day, he says.

“There’s movement in the cabin to consider, but also so many people improperly wear a mask below their nostrils,” Pollock says. “That’s more of an issue than what kind of mask they’re wearing. If everyone wears their mask properly on the plane, we’re going to be much better off.”

In September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that nearly 11,000 people have been potentially exposed to the coronavirus on flights. The CDC told The Washington Post that of those in-flight exposures, “an absence of cases identified or reported is not evidence that there were no cases.” On Monday, it

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Canary Islands added to UK’s safe travel list

Playa De Las Teresitas in Tenerife
Playa De Las Teresitas in Tenerife

UK tourists seeking winter sun have been given a boost, after Spain’s Canary Islands and the Greek island of Mykonos were added to the government’s safe travel list.

It means visitors will no longer need to quarantine for 14 days on their return, with the Maldives and Denmark also deemed safe.

The changes apply to anyone arriving in the UK after 04:00 BST on Sunday.

But Lichtenstein has been taken off the list, meaning arrivals must isolate.

The changes apply to citizens from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. The Foreign Office still advises British nationals against all but essential international travel due to the pandemic.

Winter sun

The Canary Islands are popular with winter holidaymakers, being one of the few parts of Europe warm enough for beach holidays during that time.

However, the rest of Spain, including the Balearic Islands, remains exempt from the safe travel list amid a surge in infections.

Mykonos and the Maldives, the Indian Ocean, are also widely visited during autumn and winter.

But the Maldives will continue to require all visitors to prove they have had a negative Covid test within 96 hours of arrival.

Meanwhile, Denmark says anyone from the UK – which it deems high risk – must show they have a “worthy purpose” for visiting, such as work or study. Tourism is not permitted unless you have a second home in the country.

The Department for Transport said the new additions to the safe list had seen a decrease in confirmed cases of coronavirus.

However, it said there had been “a significant change in both the level and pace of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Liechtenstein” leading to it being removed from the current list of travel corridors.

Analysis box by Tom Burridge, transport correspondent
Analysis box by Tom Burridge, transport correspondent

After so much doom and gloom, travel companies can suddenly see the sunshine. The Canaries are a key destination for UK airlines and tour operators.

And it is not an exaggeration to say that the removal of the quarantine will help these companies make it through the winter.

The government has, in effect, dialled-up the tourism “on switch”.

However it will be a real test case for whether, in these uncertain Covid times, there is demand for travel.

With plenty of time for people to make winter bookings it’s a timely moment.

British Airways recently scheduled a direct flight to the Maldives, so maybe they knew something we didn’t.

Travel companies, which have seen demand slump due to the quarantine rules, welcomed the decision on the Canaries.

“The Canaries are a hugely important market for winter travel – representing over 50% of bookings for some tour operators – so this is very welcome news for the whole sector,” said industry body Airlines UK.

Andrew Flintham, managing director of TUI, said the holiday operator had not been able to take people on a holiday to the Canaries for 89 days.

“We’re therefore delighted that UK flights will now resume

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As we approach the holiday travel season, is it safe to travel yet?

Ron Williams wants to know if it’s safe to travel yet.

At 72, he’s in a high-risk group that makes him especially vulnerable to a coronavirus infection. But even if he weren’t, what kind of trip would it be?

“My wife and I like hanging out at the pool and visiting museums and shopping,” says Williams, a retired bank manager who lives in Ocala, Florida. “All of these activities are severely restricted or fraught with risk.”

He adds, “I’m not sure when we’ll travel again.”

Williams’ question is all too common. And it’s not the first time I’ve tried to answer it. This is the time of year when many Americans begin to think about holiday trips, spring break and maybe even next summer’s vacation. (For those of you who skipped this summer’s vacation, you have probably already started planning.)

Hit the road or plan a staycation

Bill McIntyre, a spokesperson for Global Rescue, a medical and security response service for travelers, says internal surveys of the organization’s members indicate a readiness to get back on the road. “Most travelers already have plans to go somewhere domestically by year’s end, and a majority say they’ll travel internationally sometime in 2021,” McIntyre says.

Talk to medical experts, and they will tell you to stay close to home. Manisha Juthani, an infectious-disease specialist at Yale University School of Medicine, says a person who wants to take one to two weeks off should make it a staycation or road trip, at least for now. “I personally do not recommend traveling far from home,” she says.

Juthani says the highly infectious nature of the novel coronavirus is to blame for her travel advisory. Outbreaks continue across the country, in part because people are traveling. One sign that it is safer to travel is if the test positivity rate at your destination is around 1%.

“If we can drive rates down everywhere in the country to around 1%, maybe we could travel with very low risk of bringing the virus elsewhere,” she says. “That’s the only way we will be able to travel again safely before a vaccine is available.”

The major benchmarks for travel safety

Of course, many Americans are already traveling, albeit cautiously.

“One of the trends we have already seen is increased travel by car and a real increase in people traveling in recreational vehicles with their families,” says Dale Bratzler, the University of Oklahoma’s chief COVID-19 officer.

But what about flying? “Airline travel is most certainly safer now than it was at the start of the pandemic,” Bratzler says. “However, transmission of the infection has clearly been documented during flights. If you are traveling by plane, you need to make sure you wear a mask from the time you arrive at the airport until you leave the airport at your destination.”

Despite these and other best practices for staying safe in transit, many travelers are unwilling to risk it until we reach one — or all — of the major benchmarks

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Infectious Disease Expert Contradicts Anthony Fauci, Reveals How Thanksgiving Travel Could Be Safe

While Dr. Anthony Fauci is warning against large family gatherings and travel for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S., another health expert is saying that those who utilize proper precautions should be okay to do some traveling over the holidays.

Speaking to WPTV, an NBC affiliate station, Dr. Kleper De Almeida, an infectious disease specialist with JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, Florida, said that he felt travel could take place over the holiday season, including Thanksgiving, so long as those choosing to travel did so in a smart and safe way.

“As long as people take the measures that we should be applying every day, it would be safe to travel,” he said. “We need to be very mindful of that while we travel to protect ourselves from exposure, and in doing so, minimizing the risk of bringing it back to our communities.”

De Almeida’s comments directly contradict ones made by Fauci, who is the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and has been seen as the face of COVID-19, as he repeatedly warns Americans of rising infection rates and encourages mask use and social distancing. However, while those measures can help slow the spread, he has warned against letting them be the sole means of protection when it comes to considering a larger gathering for Thanksgiving and even admitted that he was taking precautions by not spending the holiday with his own daughters.

“That is unfortunately a risk, when you have people coming from out of town, gathering together in an indoor setting,” Fauci said. It is unfortunate, because that’s such a sacred part of American tradition—the family gathering around Thanksgiving. But that is a risk.”

The CDC echoed Fauci’s concerns with their guidelines for the holiday season, and traditional events that draw large crowds, like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, are going virtual to try and prevent the spread.

The United States currently stands at more than 8 million total COVID-19 infections reported and 218,000 deaths, with more than 70,000 new cases reported Friday, the largest increase since July. According to statistics from the New York Times, a total of 29 states continue to report high numbers of cases, while 16 other states are starting to report upticks.

In the past seven days, states that have seen high surges in percentages of cases have been North and South Dakota, which have seen more than 500 cases per 100,000 residents, with Montana, Wisconsin and Nebraska also reporting high numbers, with more than 300 cases per 100,000 residents. Currently, the only states that have seen less than 100 infections per 100,000 people (less than 0.001 percent), have been Vermont, Maine, Hawaii, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, California, Washington, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Virginia, Florida, Delaware, Georgia and Louisiana.

Fauci said the government would not make any future COVID-19 vaccine obligatory for the general public Fauci said the government would not make any future COVID-19 vaccine obligatory for the general public Photo: POOL / Al Drago

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Jersey Shore Family Vacation premiere date announced — Here’s what to expect, when to tune in and how they are staying safe

MTV has announced Jersey Shore Family Vacation Season 4 premiere date.
The wait is almost over for the new season of Jersey Shore Family Vacation. Pic credit: MTV

MTV has announced the premiere date for Season 4 of Jersey Shore Family Vacation.

The network is also unveiling what fans can expect from the new format that ensures all cast and crew are safe amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Like so many other reality television shows, Jersey Shore Family Vacation was tasked with finding a safe way to return to filming. Big Brother and Love Island created a bubble where everyone involved with the show was placed for the duration of filming.

MTV has a similar plan for the hit reality TV show, which means fans won’t have to wait too much longer for the new season.

How is MTV keeping cast and crew safe?

The network has revealed the production is taking over a resort to create a “Shore Bubble” for the cast and crew.

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TMZ has reported everyone involved with the reality TV show is currently in Nevada in quarantine and is tested regularly for COVID-19.

Production is following all the correct local, state, and federal COVID-19 regulations for health and safety to ensure the show can film without issue.

The Season 4 cast includes Deena Cortese, Paul “Pauly D” Delvecchio, Jenni “JWOWW” Farley, Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Angelina Pivarnick, and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino. Unlike other seasons, extended family members of the cast will stay with them in the shore bubble.

It will be the first season without original cast member Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, who decided to leave the show after the dramatic Season 3 finale. Snooki wanted to focus more on her family instead of Jersey Shore Family Vacation antics.

When does Season 4 premiere and what can fans expect from the show?

Mark your calendars! Jersey Shore Family Vacation Season 4 premieres on Thursday, November 19 at 8/7c on MTV. The network will air two specials on Thursday, November 5 and Thursday, November 12 at 8/7c to get fans pumped for the new season.

The last time viewers saw the Jersey Shore crew was at Angelina Pivarnick’s wedding. Fans will recall it ended with Snooki, JWoww, and Deena roasting Angelina in a wedding toast that left the bride in tears.

Season 4 picks up with Vinny, Pauly, Mike, and Ronnie, working to mend the fractured family by bringing the group together again. The guys hope creating a safe bubble space will help reunite the girls and fix their broken Jersey Shore family.

Besides the current health climate, the guys felt having extended family members at the resort might make the reunion a little smoother. It is Jersey Shore, so that might be wishful thinking on Pauly, Mike, Ronnie, and Mike’s part.

Jersey Shore Family Vacation Season 4 premieres on Thursday, November 19 at 8/7c on MTV.

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How safe is flying Delta during the pandemic: airport tour

  • Delta Air Lines has spent the past six months overhauling the airport experience and the result is an ultra-safe environment that will hopefully ease the public back into flying.
  • Social distancing signage, in-depth cleanings, and reminders about what Delta is doing to keep flyers safe can now be found in every aspect of the airport experience. 
  • Enhanced measures onboard the aircraft also including fogging and built-in hand sanitizer dispensers are also becoming standard for every flight.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

One of the major roadblocks that the airlines are facing on the road to recovery is convincing flyers that air travel is safe.

Fears of the coronavirus’ spread onboard airplanes have played a role in keeping flyers on the ground for most of the spring, summer, and now into fall. Airlines haven’t yet found the perfect formula but are constantly evaluating ways of instilling the confidence to travel back into the minds of the American public. 

Since March, Delta Air Lines has been overhauling its health and safety standards in an effort to be ready for when the world returns to the skies in numbers seen before the pandemic. 

Business Insider flew on Delta in June and found that the airline was leading its top competitors – American Airlines, United Airlines, and Southwest Airlines, in health and safety largely because of how its implemented new peace of mind commitments while largely maintaining the pre-pandemic aspects of flying that travelers have come to expect. But the airline hasn’t stopped there and used the summer to continue upgrading its facilities and onboard services just in time for the holidays. 

Delta invited Business Insider to its hub at John F. Kennedy International Airport to see how the flying experience has changed even more so from our last time in the skies with the airline four months ago. 

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Is it possible to plan a “safe” vacation?

“My biggest loss would be the condo if we cancel,” he says. “I would lose half of my payment.”

Smiler is not alone. As Americans cautiously look to their next vacation, they’re concerned about health — not just physical health but also financial health. They want something safe. Here’s how travel industry sectors look when it comes to safety:

Airlines: Air carriers are taking a variety of steps to protect passengers’ health, such as blocking middle seats to and testing for covid-19. American Airlines and Delta Air Lines are among the major airlines blocking middle seats. Frontier Airlines announced last week that it will guarantee an empty middle seat next to you for $39.

Emirates was one of the first airlines to conduct blood tests on passengers. Other carriers have announced plans to clean the cabins more thoroughly. Qatar Airways, for example, said it would install advanced air-filtration systems, adopt protocols for washing onboard linen and blankets, and sanitize its service utensils and cutlery at higher temperatures.

But passengers are unhappy with the way airlines have handled their money. When carriers canceled flights, they pushed passengers to accept vouchers instead of the legally required full refunds. No one knows what future refund policies will look like, but travelers are certain they will favor the airlines.

“While airlines were lenient and understanding with flights affected by the first waves of infection, travel booked during stay-at-home and quarantine orders may have different rules and regulations,” says Matthew Bradley, the regional security director for the Americas at International SOS.

Cruise lines: It’s too early to tell how safe cruises will — or won’t — be. Some cruise lines have taken steps to reassure prospective customers that they run a clean ship. Carnival, for example, announced new ship cleaning standards, which include more frequent sanitizing of surfaces, thorough cleaning of staterooms and nightly deep cleaning with specialized equipment.

“When cruising resumes, I expect them to be much safer than they were just a few months ago,” says Tanner Callais, founder of the cruise website Cruzely.com.

Health experts warn that diseases can spread rapidly on cruise ships, and they recommend avoiding them if you are in a high-risk group.

“Even if there are doctors onboard, they may not be able to provide adequate care should someone become severely ill, and they may not be able to get that person to necessary care in a timely manner,” says Chris Worsham, a research fellow at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Hotels: Hotel chains have been introducing additional measures to sanitize their properties. For example, Marriott recently announced programs designed to keep its hotels virus-free, including the use of electrostatic sprayers (which disperse very fine, electrically charged particles that aggressively adhere to surfaces) with hospital-grade disinfectants.

But during the early days of the covid-19 outbreak, hotels were reluctant to let guests off the hook for nonrefundable stays. Some resorts also refused to refund money, forcing customers to accept vouchers instead. As

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ABC Recreation Solutions – Safe, Durable & Innovative

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ABC Recreation was instrumental in helping make our vision of a playground for children of all abilities a reality.  The entire team completely understood what we were trying to do and assisted greatly in creating Sacha’s Park–one of the most accessible and inclusive playgrounds in all of Canada.  The equipment they provided was of a superior quality and very much fit the vision we had for our project.”

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