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US To UK Travel Bubble, Social Distancing In Cabo, New Covid Hot Spot Map And More

This Cabo Resort Was Made for Social Distancing

Although it opened in 2017, Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas was practically designed for social distancing in 2020. The Cabo resort is set on 834 acres (including a private beach) and has an enormous lagoon-style pool with well-spaced seating. Other amenities including an 18-hole Greg Norman Signature golf course, hiking and biking trails, and a shopping center.

Will a New York-London Travel Corridor Open for the Holidays?

Americans who dream of spending the holidays in England may soon get a gift—the U.S. and U.K are working on a plan to open travel between New York and London later this year. While details are still being worked out, travelers would have to test negative for Covid-19 before and after a flight, with the hope that quarantine times would then be greatly reduced.

Tourist Returns ‘Cursed’ Artifacts to Pompeii

The next time you feel guilty about taking home those towels from your favorite hotel, consider the cautionary tale of a Canadian tourist who stole ancient artifacts from an archaeological site in Pompeii some 15 years ago. The woman, identified only as “Nicole,” recently returned the objects because she believed they were “cursed” and had brought “so much negative energy” into her life. “I was young and stupid,” she wrote in a letter, accompanying the items. “I wanted to have a piece of history nobody could have.”

Travel Wise

Want to plan a getaway and not find Covid-19 when you arrive? The Johns Hopkins University percent positive map is a user-friendly guide to the coronavirus rate is every state. Look for states in which the percent positive rate is below 5% (or shaded blue).

A Master List of Seating and Mask Policies for U.S. Airlines

Since most travelers still have a fear of flying, it’s important to know what to expect if you do have to board a plane. Here is an updated list of seating and mask policies for major U.S. airlines.

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Schools cutting back on April vacation, beer pong isn’t social distancing

Schools around the state are diverging on what to do about April vacation, which is scheduled for the end of the month.

In Concord, April vacation will occur as scheduled, according to Interim Superintendent Frank Bass.

“Teachers, students and parents all need a break!” Bass wrote in an email to families.

Other districts have curtailed or canceled vacation to keep momentum going with online learning since schools remain closed.

The Kearsarge School District scaled back its vacation to give students and teachers Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday off, but will resume classes on Thursday April 30.

School officials said they tried to balance consistency with ongoing remote instruction and giving teachers, students and parents a chance to “step back and find some respite.”

Districts in Amherst and Merrimack won’t interrupt classes at all after surveying parents who overwhelmingly favored canceling the vacation, NHPR reported.

State officials say it’s up to local districts to decide to modify their school schedules.

The numbers

New Hampshire has experienced about 200 more COVID-19 cases than Vermont, but infection rates remain far higher in the Green Mountain state, which has about half as many people.

As of Friday, Vermont had detected 679 COVID-19 cases with 24 deaths. About one tenth of one percent of the state’s overall population of 623,989 have been infected.

New Hampshire has identified 885 cases with 22 deaths. Based on New Hampshire’s population of 1.3 million people, that means about .07 % of residents have been affected.

Between 25% and 30% of New Hampshire cases are among health care workers, according to Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Lori Shibinette.

Beer pong isn’t social distancing

Despite requests from Dartmouth College and Hanover officials to not return to town after spring break, some Dartmouth students have come back to live off-campus.

In the past few weeks, Deputy Fire Chief Michael Hinsley has been responding to complaints about people neglecting to follow social distancing practices and has been “actively interacting” with students off-campus.

Earlier this week, police responded to a house on Maple Street where a group of Dartmouth students were playing beer pong, according to Hanover Town Manager Julia Griffin.

Hanover Police Chief Charlie Dennis said his department hasn’t responded to many complaints in the past few weeks, but when they do, they try to educate residents on best social distancing practices.

Police who see people disobeying the stay-at-home order can issue a civil fine or cite them for a misdemeanor violation, according to the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office, but Dennis said he hopes it won’t come to that.

“We are not looking to issue any citations,” he said.

Education funding

Gov. Chris Sununu announced plans for $82 million in federal funding coming into the state to support education. The money will be used to support the shift to remote learning, as well as cleaning schools, school meals and social and emotional support.

He said $9 million will go out in the form of “discretionary grants” to schools that have been

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How to vacation at home while social distancing during coronavirus

The terrible things that have resulted from the coronavirus outbreak seem unending. In addition to taking lives and putting everyone in the world’s health at risk, the pandemic has forced entire populations inside, upended social life, destroyed milestone celebrations, killed jobs and halted travel as we know it.

On Thursday, the State Department announced that all U.S. citizens should avoid international travel, and either arrange to return home now or stay abroad indefinitely. The same day, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) issued an order for residents to stay inside except for essential activities.

In these unprecedented times, a “staycation” may take the edge off. No, not a staycation at a local hotel in your town. A vacation in your house.

We interviewed hotel-industry insiders about how to make your home feel more like a vacation now that an actual vacation is no longer possible.

‘Marie Kondo’ your home

A hotel room is a blank slate. You walk in and, if all goes according to plan, you find a fresh, clean room, free of clutter and chaos. This is not always the case at home, where life often gets in the way of things like fluffed pillows and spotless floors.

Most people don’t fill their homes the way a hotel fills its spaces, according to Anna Beeber, a partner at Champalimaud Design, a firm responsible for designing some of the world’s most famous hotels.

Beeber says that at a hotel, every item has been considered, and there’s a rhythm and flow to each room. Normal people go out shopping and buy something they like, often without considering the entire environment it will be joining.

“We don’t necessarily understand that it’s not in harmony with the rest of our things,” she says.

For your staycation purposes, Beeber recommends walking around your home with a critical eye to figure out why certain spaces aren’t working. Remove the things that are causing a disjointed feeling. That may be getting rid of a weird rug, competing art, or just general clutter and mess.

“One of the great treats of a hotel room is that the closet is empty and you’re starting from scratch,” says Kemper Hyers, the creative director of the Auberge Resorts Collection. “It has two bathrobes, it has slippers, the laundry bag is there ready for you.”

To make your home more like a hotel, Hyers recommends cleaning your closet to get back to the essentials. And don’t just stop at the closet; purge the rest of your home of unnecessary items, then try to maintain that cleanliness. Although this may initially feel like work, the result can be a more hotel-like living space.

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