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Orlando airport travel rebounding gradually; Southwest to stop keeping middle seats open

Orlando International Airport leaders are celebrating some of the busiest days for travelers since the plunge in activity this spring because of the pandemic.

Airport director Phil Brown said the activity levels indicate the beginning of a multiyear recovery and “reflects a pent-up demand for travel” that he hopes will carry through to the holidays.

Airport leaders rely on the Transportation Security Administration’s screening figures as the most current indication of activity. More than 36,000 passengers were checked by TSA officers on Sunday, which, by that category, placed Orlando’s airport as the busiest in Florida and fifth-busiest in the nation, according to airport officials.

It was also the nation’s busiest day, topping a combined 1 million passengers screened by the Transportation Security Administration, which hadn’t dealt with such a volume since March.

But on the same Sunday last year, TSA officers counted 2.6 million passengers. Overall, the nation’s climb to 1 million passengers screened in a day has been gradual since a low of fewer than 88,000 passengers on April 14.

A sign of the uptick in air travel: Southwest Airlines on Thursday announced it would no longer keep middle seats open, beginning Dec. 1.

“It was easy for airlines to block middle seats early in the pandemic when there was very little customer demand for flights,” said Scott Keyes, chief executive officer of Scott’s Cheap Flights, a website service that notifies subscribers of low fares.

“But with demand slowly creeping back up for months, it’s becoming costly for airlines to continue blocking middle seats. At some point Southwest had to rip the band-aid off, and I would expect Delta, Alaska, and jetBlue to follow suit soon,” Keyes said.

Southwest Airlines said its decision to no longer block off middle is based on studies “that point to aircraft cabins as an environment where transmission of the virus is statistically improbable for two primary reasons: the uniform usage of masks; and sophisticated air systems that introduce fresh air throughout a flight.”

Among airlines, Southwest Airlines maintains a sizable lead in average daily departures from Orlando International Airport, with 70 nonstop flights to 28 cities. That’s a third fewer than a year ago.

American, Spirit, Frontier, Delta and JetBlue have similar numbers of daily flights in the mid-20s range. JetBlue operated nearly 40 flights daily last year. United is lagging behind with 17 average daily departures.

“We do see some increases in demand, as well as continued increases in customer confidence,” said Delta spokesman Drake Castañeda. “Delta continues to evaluate its schedule and is adjusting as needed based on customer demand, government travel directives and CDC guidelines.”

With tepid activity levels compared with the the start of 2020, both Orlando’s airport and airlines nationally are planning to shed more jobs, scale back costs and leave planes parked.

Orlando International Airport has not been cleared yet for flights to and from much of Europe. Service on U.S. and foreign carriers continues to Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Panama.

While conditions aren’t as

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Inside Strictly pro dancers’ isolation hotel with huge dance tent as they form a bubble to stop spread of coronavirus

THE STRICTLY pro dancers showed off their isolation hotel with its huge dance tent as they formed a bubble to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Last night Strictly fans were given a glimpse of their accommodation ahead of the show, with dancer Neil Jones saying: “All the pros and some of the crew are moving into this amazing hotel.”

The Manor Hotel, near the Elstree Studios, became a home for the stars

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The Manor Hotel, near the Elstree Studios, became a home for the stars
The dancers were reunited at The Manor Hotel, near the Elstree Studios

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The dancers were reunited at The Manor Hotel, near the Elstree Studios

Janette Manrara then revealed they had to quarantine for 14 days and be tested twice for coronavirus before arriving at the hotel, where they filmed many of the group dances for the series.

Amy Dowden added: “Due to Covid-19 and the guidelines in place, we have had to create a bubble.”

The dancers reunited at the historic, The Manor Hotel, near the Elstree Studios in order to pre-record the spectacular routines.

She continued: “We usually spend the whole month learning all the group numbers and perform them throughout the series. However, this year, we have pre-recorded all of the group numbers to make it safer for us all.”

The Strictly pro dancers endured an intense stint in isolation where they practised the group numbers

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The Strictly pro dancers endured an intense stint in isolation where they practised the group numbers
The dancers were tested and quarantined for two weeks before heading into the hotel

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The dancers were tested and quarantined for two weeks before heading into the hotelCredit: BBC

Coronavirus measures also mean that while couples will be in close quarters with each other during rehearsals and performances, they will socially distance from other contestants.

Either the professional dancer or the celebrity will also be living on their own for the duration of the series as they form an exclusive support bubble.

This has meant Strictly’s Janette Manrara is living apart from husband Aljaz Skorjanec.

The stunning Tudor house

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The stunning Tudor house

Strictly will run for just nine weeks this year, with no Halloween special or Blackpool trip.

Everyone on set must wear a mask, take frequent temperature checks and sanitise.

There will be multiple deep cleans each day, and anyone on set must sign a form to state they have no Covid symptoms.

Amy Dowden revealed the dancers were asked to isolate

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Amy Dowden revealed the dancers were asked to isolate

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Tahoe towns ask vacation homes to stop rentals amid coronavirus outbreak

South Lake Tahoe city officials sent a message on Monday to all vacation homeowners, short term rental property owners, hotels and motels to stop rentals immediately amid the coronavirus outbreak. The city is requesting rentals stop until at least April 23. The immediate request for all vacation homeowners to stop rentals comes after the city saw thousands of visitors last weekend despite Gov. Gavin Newsom’s mandatory order to stay at home order.Mayor Jason Collin said visitors are traveling for non-essential needs, and could be held accountable for a misdemeanor charge.“We are very kindly asking people to not to come to Tahoe. We love our visitors, we just don’t want you here right now,” Collin said. City officials are concerned about visitors coming into town given their limited health care resources. Barton Memorial Hospital is the only hospital for the city. The hospital has nine ICU beds, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Collin said the hospital has fewer than 10 ventilators. The hospital services up to 35,000 residents in the city and county alone, Collin said. “That’s not enough. That’s not enough for 30,000 people,” resident Shira Martorana said. Barton Health said it is working with other local hospitals to share resources in preparation for a potential influx of patients. In the meantime, residents like Martorana are applauding the city’s request to pause vacation rentals because she is especially prone to lung infections. “I survived swine flu in 2009, but I was sick for six weeks, in and out of the hospital three times. And so I have scar tissue in my lungs,” Martorana said. Kathy Liebhardt, owner of Tahoe Destination Vacation Rentals, agrees with the city’s decision to pause rentals to vacationers, but she is concerned about the timeline since city officials are asking all current renters to leave now. “I’m going to disagree with that. I have a family in from Australia. Where are they supposed to go? I can’t tell them just to leave,” Liebhardt said. “I have a family in from Germany, same situation. Am I supposed to just kick them out? Where are they supposed to go?”Liebhardt is letting her current renters stay put since their flights have been canceled, she is transforming her vacation properties from places of leisure into places of business moving forward.“If we have nurses that are needed up in Tahoe, I will put them up for housing. That’s the important point to push. I am not allowing vacationers to come up just because they need to come up,” Liebhardt said. The request from South Lake Tahoe is just that: A request, not a legal order. The mayor said enforcement of the request will be discussed at an emergency city council meeting on Wednesday. The mayor also added that while the request was sent to rental property permit holders, the same message applies to homeowners that have a second home in Tahoe, which is to stay home.City officials in Truckee posted a similar request on Facebook on Tuesday, saying, “Now is not …

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Rep. Nadler Slams Trump’s ‘Irrational’ Restrictions on Travel from China to Stop Coronavirus

Rep. Jerry Nadler criticized President Trump for implementing travel restrictions to stop coronavirus as “irrational and doesn’t help the public health.”

LESKO: “Chairman Nadler, you stated just before that the President appropriately used 212(f) authority for the Coronavirus response, but did not —“

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NADLER: “I didn’t say that.”

LESKO: “Oh, you didn’t say that?”

NADLER: “No, I said he’s used it many times appropriately.”

LESKO: “Do you think then that it is appropriate under 212(f) for the COVID-19 response?”

NADLER: “Let me — no, I don’t because it’s — it’s irrational and doesn’t help the public health.”

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Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker, FoxNews.com, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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