Covid19: South Sudan Shuts Down Air Travel

The government of South Sudan after registering an increase in the number of COVID 19 cases, has announced restriction on all movements of people both in the country and those entering country

In the statement released last evening, the high level task force on COVID 19 headed by 1st Vice President Riek Machar, new measures were enlisted be observed by all citizens in order to prevent the further spread of the disease

The president in the new measures suspended all passenger internal flights from Juba to the states, from states to Juba as well as from state to state. An exception has been left only for the National task force members and UNMISS Aircraft on emergency missions

The High level task force was given powers to decide on any new exemptions that may be required basing on case by case basis

“The Presidency directs that this order shall come into force on midnight of Wednesday 15th April through midnight of 29th April 2020.”

These directives have come at a time when the largest number of all countries in the world are under lock down as a measure of preventing COVID 19 pandemic from spreading further.

South Sudan currently has four confirmed cases of Covid 19

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Kim shuts down vacation rentals: Proclamation signed Friday declares STVRs ‘nonessential.’

Mayor Harry Kim signed an emergency rule Friday shutting down transient vacation rentals for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic emergency.

Kim said research by the county Corporation Counsel has revealed vacation rentals, home-stays, time-shares and bed and breakfasts are not included as essential businesses under Gov. David Ige’s emergency order.

“They will immediately shut down,” Kim said.

The rule is effective as of 12:01 a.m. Monday. Violators are subject to a misdemeanor charge with penalties of up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Kim said tenants already in rentals will be allowed to finish, but not extend, their rental period.

“I just met with the police chief and we discussed the difficulty of monitoring them,” Kim said. “They are all here and there and there and here.”

Kim said he’ll have staff telephoning as many as the short-term rentals as they can beginning Monday to inform them of the proclamation. Friday was a government holiday.

More than 200 tourists and “intended residents” have arrived at Kona’s airport since the 14-day quarantine order began, not counting the unknown numbers who’ve come to the Big Island’s two major airports on interisland flights.

That’s according to daily statistics provided by the Hawaii Tourism Authority, which also counted 2,742 statewide visitors during that same two-week period.

With most hotels and resorts closed to all but first responders and medical personnel, the bulk of these visitors are ending up in vacation rentals. Some vacation rental operators have advertised their rentals as a great place to ride out the COVID-19 pandemic, which, coupled with cheap flights, has kept a slow, but steady influx of visitors to the state.

That’s upset some of the neighbors, who’ve been reporting to Kona Councilwoman Rebecca Villegas that tourists are not staying inside, and in fact, become belligerent when it’s pointed out to them that they’re required to be under quarantine. Even calling the police hasn’t helped, said one Facebook poster, who said the tourists near him came right back out into the neighborhood after the police left.

Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami issued an amended emergency proclamation Wednesday ordering all transient vacation rentals and home-stays to immediately cease all activity, including advertising, effective Saturday until May 3.

“We have seen some alarming data points. Most recent data on incoming flights are showing a slight rise in visitor numbers. Further, some vacation rentals are still actively advertising, including promoting themselves as COVID-19 retreats for people from the mainland,” Kawakami said in a video address. “This is wrong. It is dangerous for our community, and it cannot continue.”

Villegas has been contemplating legislation as well.

“I believe the entire Hawaii County Council has equal concerns about the short term vacation rental issue related to COVID-19 and the impossibility of enforcing quarantine restrictions. I am hopeful our administration will follow Mayor Kawakami’s strong directive to close all STVRs immediately,” Villegas told West Hawaii Today on Friday. “Stiff fines may be necessary to encourage compliance.”

Coronavirus: Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti shuts down beach parking, recreation facilities due to ‘too many people packing beaches, trails and parks’

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Sunday night he was shutting down parking at city beaches and closing sports recreation facilities in Los Angeles County amid the coronavirus pandemic.

On Twitter, Mayor Garcetti said the decision came after officials saw “too many people packing beaches, trails and parks” over the first weekend of the “Safer at Home” order issued on Thursday.

“This is serious. Stay at home and save lives,” the Tweet said in part.

WATCH: Mayor Garcetti announces ‘Safer at Home’ restrictions on businesses, activities (Full statement)

The announcement comes after officials announced Saturday that all sports and recreation areas at Los Angeles County parks will be closed until further notice amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation said the decision was made as an extra precaution in response to COVID-19.

The closure affects playgrounds, fitness equipment areas, courts, skate parks, multi-use fields, pickleball courts, golf courses and lawn bowling.

Local and state officials continue to push for social distancing during the “Safer at Home” order issued last week.

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