Day: October 20, 2020

City of Atascadero releases new recreation guide, encouraging families to get outside

City leaders in Atascadero are encouraging families to get outside with a new recreation guide.

There are a number of programs for kids and their parents to participate in, including soccer, basketball, yoga and zumba.

All practice takes place outside, kids are just not aloud to compete.

Terrie Banish, the City’s Deputy Manager, said these programs are important now because so many kids are at home all day due to the pandemic and school closures.

The guide also includes special events such as, dance, library, adult sports, youth sports, zoo information and more.

“We’ve gotten very creative because of this and i think some of the creativity wont go away,” said Banish.”We’ll keep doing some of these things is what I see in the future, and you know kind of moving forward to adapt to new ways of doing events as well as activities and sports.”

To find a link to the virtual recreation guide, visit this website.

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Diwali vacation from Oct 29 to Nov 18 | Ahmedabad News

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) on Tueday announced that the Diwali vacation will be from October 29 to November 18 for all state board schools. At a time when schools are closed due to Covid-19 pandemic, all educational activities, including online classes will remain shut in this twenty-day vacation period, according to a GSHSEB statement.
Schools and colleges have been closed in the state for the last six months and many educational institutions are conducting online classes and exams.
The state government is yet to take a call on re-opening of schools after the Diwali vacation. State education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama said recently that a decision in this regard will be taken soon, after consultation with various stakeholders including parents, students, school trustees, teachers and prominent educationists.
The minister said the most crucial opinion in reopening schools will be of the health department.
The minister said he will then discuss the issue with chief minister Vijay Rupani, deputy chief minister Nitin Patel and the entire cabinet before taking a final decision on reopening schools.
The Centre had in the recent ‘Unlock 5’ guidelines suggested re-opening schools from October 15 in a limited manner. The states have been given the authority to decide if they wanted to reopen schools or not. THe Gujarat government decided not to reopen schools from October 15.
In the last couple of months the state government has held few rounds of meetings with various stakeholders, some of who have suggested staggered attendance and calling students on alternate days.

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Funding cutoff looms for those living on hotel vouchers during Covid-19

Pamela Williams, who is currently homeless, describes her experience living at the Holiday Inn in South Burlington in June. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger

Pamela Williams has been living at the South Burlington Holiday Inn since June. She said she’s been applying to jobs and searching for housing incessantly — but both are hard to come by in an economy decimated by Covid-19. 

Now, Williams and about 140 other Holiday Inn guests experiencing homelessness are faced with even more urgency to find their next opportunity for shelter as winter approaches. That’s because the federal funding deadline that is largely propping up Vermont’s expanded homeless hotel voucher system is set to expire Dec. 30. 

The deadline was presented by Paul Dragan, executive director of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO), at a press conference held at the Holiday Inn Tuesday morning in tandem with U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt. 

“We’ve been talking to the state about extending, and I think the state only has a limited amount of funding too, and they’re looking at all their possibilities as well,” Dragon said. “They’re aware and they want to be as helpful as possible.” 

If another federal stimulus package isn’t passed, with funding for homeless services and shelters, Dragon said his office will have to find another way to rehouse those currently living at the Holiday Inn. Hundreds of others experiencing homelessness are also being housed in other hotels and motels across the state. 

“The funding goes until the end of December,” Dragon said. “We’ll work with the state, which has been a wonderful partner, on a transition plan. And that means trying to find acceptable shelter for the folks who are here.”

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Paul Dragon, executive director of Champlain Valley OEO. Courtesy photo

When the pandemic hit in March, shelters shuttered and the state rushed to expand its hotel voucher system to house those experiencing homlessness in individual hotel rooms to allow for social distancing and quarantining. The efforts have been effective — only one person experiencing homelessness has tested positive for Covid-19 in the state. 

As of mid-September, there were 374 adults and 52 children being housed in Burlington hotels. Across the state, there were about 1,100, down from about 2,000 at the beginning of the summer.

Welch congratulated CVOEO staff for the success the hotel voucher program has seen during Covid. He referenced the contentious $2 trillion stimulus package negotiations between U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, which are moving forward, but slowly. 

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Welch said he supports a new stimulus package and that it should come soon. 

“It should be before the election because the pain is real and the need is urgent,” Welch said.

In the meantime, he said he would also support legislation that would extend the Dec. 30 deadline that demands that the first package of federal Covid stimulus money, of which Vermont received $1.25 billion, be spent by the end of the year. 

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Chef Alon Shaya to open new restaurant in New Orleans’ Four Seasons hotel | Where NOLA Eats

The Four Seasons hotel now taking shape in the World Trade Center is transforming one of the most recognizable buildings on the New Orleans skyline. When it opens next year, it will have a new restaurant from a chef New Orleans already knows well.

Alon Shaya, chef of the Uptown restaurant Saba, and his wife and business partner Emily Shaya are developing the new restaurant, now slated to open in early 2021.

It will be an upscale, modern New Orleans restaurant, Alon Shaya said. Although its name has yet to be announced, the chef said the vision behind it is clear.

“This will be my expression of what I love about Louisiana cuisine, my love letter to it in a way,” he said. “I feel like I’ve been studying and writing the opening menu for this restaurant for the last 18 years of living here.”


People look at construction at the Four Seasons located at the foot of Canal Street as the former World Trade Center is transformed into a luxury hotel topped by condominiums in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020.

The hotel, officially the Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences New Orleans, will mark a new chapter for the landmark World Trade Center building at the foot of Canal Street. Long in disrepair, the property’s redevelopment as a luxury hotel and condominium project has been touted as a boon for reviving this part of downtown and the riverfront.

While hotels and restaurants alike are mired in hard times as the pandemic continues, Shaya said he was looking hopefully toward the future with this new project.

“By next year, when people begin traveling again, I see so many coming to visit here again and making up for lost time,” he said.

The Shayas have partnered with the Four Seasons through their company Pomegranate Hospitality, which runs their local modern Israeli restaurant Saba as well as another in Denver called Safta.


Emily Shaya is director of new projects for Pomegranate Hospitality. At its first restaurant, Saba, portraits of chef Alon Shaya’s grandfather are on display by the front door. The word saba is Hebrew for grandfather.

Pomegranate Hospitality will handle food and beverage across the Four Seasons’ lobby, with a bar in addition to the restaurant.

The restaurant will be on the hotel’s ground level adjoining the lobby. Shaya said it will showcase a diversity of classic and more contemporary influences running through Louisiana cuisine, with elements ranging from Cajun to Vietnamese.

“It will be a grand dining experience,” Shaya said. “Part of what I love so much about my experiences here have been eating at restaurants like Commander’s Palace, Galatoire’s, Brennan’s, Brigtsen’s, K-Paul’s, Emeril’s. All those helped shape my view of what grand dining can be. I love the allure of it, the history of it. I’m excited to be part of something like that.”

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Vacation Rentals: The Best Vacation Rental Sites for Every Type of Traveler

While traditional hotels have long been the preferred accommodation choice for countless leisure and business travelers, the added privacy, affordability…

While traditional hotels have long been the preferred accommodation choice for countless leisure and business travelers, the added privacy, affordability and extra perks (think: kitchens, private pools and even yard space) often available with vacation rentals have made this lodging option an increasingly popular choice for vacationers. Plus, a wide array of properties — ranging from sleek city apartments to remote yurts to spacious beachfront homes — are regularly added to booking platforms, giving renters numerous options to choose from based on their preferences. But with roughly 115,000 vacation rental companies available around the world, according to a 2018 study from the Vacation Rental Management Association, finding the ideal platform to rent from may seem daunting.

To help you find the right vacation rental site to use for your next trip, U.S. News evaluated a variety of highly regarded options that appeal to one or more types of travelers. Whether you’re a fan of the outdoors, have kids in tow or are looking for hotel-style amenities, these top vacation rental sites offer something for everyone.

The Best Vacation Rental Sites are:

— Airbnb

— Vrbo

— Homestay

— Sonder

— Golightly

— misterb&b

— Kid & Coe

— Villas of Distinction

— Innclusive

— Plum Guide

— Glamping Hub

— FlipKey

Best for all types of travelers: Airbnb

Pro: Renters can supplement their stays with curated experiences bookable through the Airbnb website

Con: Most properties are not professionally managed, so quality may vary depending on the accommodation chosen

Easily the most recognized name in the vacation rental landscape, Airbnb offers its renters a mix of properties in various sizes, styles and locations, making it an excellent choice for travelers with varying needs and interests. Culture hounds will find eclectic homes, apartments, houseboats and more that pay homage to the cities they reside in, including New Orleans, Paris and Amsterdam, while adventurous travelers can choose from all kinds of rustic accommodations in outdoorsy spots like Yellowstone National Park and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Airbnb also appeals to beach bums by offering a number of waterfront options in popular warm-weather destinations like Mexico, Hawaii and Florida.

In addition to featuring a diverse selection of property types in most major locales across the globe, Airbnb gives users the ability to narrow their choices based on their preferences. Renters can filter for privacy, price, available amenities, cancellation flexibility and house rules (like whether or not smoking is allowed or pets are permitted), among other options. What’s more, Airbnb offers various location-specific experiences, such as cooking classes, dance lessons and hiking tours, which renters can book through the platform before their vacation. Keep in mind, though, that most Airbnb properties are not professionally managed, so travelers should adjust their expectations accordingly. Those who desire an experience closer to what they’d receive at a hotel might want to consider booking one of the company’s Airbnb Plus

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Global Air Travel Services Market Procurement Intelligence Report | COVID-19 Recovery and Growth Opportunities

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CHLA Launches Hotel Meeting Health Standards

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The California Hotel and Lodging Association today released its “Clean + Safe Guidance for Meetings and Events,” providing COVID-19 health safety protocols for California hotels as they prepare to reopen for individual meetings and events.

The Guidance incorporates recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the California Department of Public Health and Cal/OSHA and is aligned with CHLA’s guidelines for individual travel that was issued in April.

“With our meeting protocols, California hotels will be ready to host safe individual meetings when the state and county health officials allow – hopefully soon,” said Lynn S. Mohrfeld, President and CEO of CHLA. “California hotels did an outstanding job protecting guests and employees when they reopened for tourism in June; we trust that our meeting guidance similarly will ensure the well-being of attendees.”

The 11-page Guidance focuses on planning ahead, enhanced communications and adaptability as hotels support customization of “group” customers such as businesses, associations, religious events, charities and others. The standards include attendee arrival procedures, electronic registration, breaks for sanitation, increased use of presentation technology, use of multiple rooms for one meeting, same seating for attendees and non-contact, cashless transactions.

The Clean + Safe Guidance for Meetings and Events is available at

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Connecticut edits travel quarantine rules

By swapping an “or” for an “and” in an executive order, Gov. Ned Lamont of Connecticut is seeking to avoid placing his state into Covid-19 quarantine.

Under an order Lamont signed on Sept. 16, people arriving in Connecticut from “a state with a positive case rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or higher than a 10 percent test positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average” were required to self-quarantine for two weeks.

But on Monday, Lamont announced that Connecticut had crossed its own threshold of 10 new coronavirus infections per 100,000 people over the previous seven days for the first time in months.

So Lamont said he would change the advisory to say that travelers whose states have both a high coronavirus case rate and over a 5 percent test positivity rate would have to quarantine or prove they have tested negative.

The advisory, Lamont said, “was becoming unenforceable,” so it was out with the “or” and in with the “and.”

The swap was not exactly a surprise. Last Thursday, Lamont signaled that a change in the state quarantine mandate was afoot.

“It’d be a little ironic if we were on our own quarantine list,” the governor said.

Connecticut is one of 40 states, plus Washington, D.C., and the territories of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, that have reported an uptick in new coronavirus cases, the latest NBC News figures showed Tuesday.

Two weeks before a presidential election that has become a referendum on how President Donald Trump has handled the nation’s worst health crisis in over a century, the number of new Covid-19 cases in Connecticut jumped by 58 percent over the last two weeks to a total of 64,021, and the state’s death toll is 4,554 since the start of the pandemic, the figures show.

While Connecticut’s case load is small compared to states like California (882,138), Texas (872,919) and Florida (756,727), it is part of the region that was hit hardest in the first days of the pandemic and then managed to flatten the curve by taking aggressive steps to stop the spread.

In other coronavirus news:

  • Trump is heading to Erie, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday for a campaign rally just two weeks after he was released from the hospital after he came down with a coronavirus infection. But first lady Melania Trump won’t be joining him. “Mrs. Trump continues to feel better every day following her recovery from Covid-19, but with a lingering cough, and out of an abundance of caution, she will not be traveling today,” spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said.

  • Because of the pandemic, this year the U.S. could break the record of 71,000 drug overdoses set in 2019. “Covid-19 is exacerbating the already devastating overdose crisis,” Jules Netherland of the Drug Policy Alliance told The Associated Press.

  • While Trump has repeatedly claimed that more testing is the reason Covid-19 case numbers have been climbing, an NBC News analysis found that coronavirus testing rates have actually fallen in “in several states where

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2 Hawaii restaurants ban travelers from dining in despite new pre-travel program

At least two Hawaii restaurants are asking visitors and travelers not to dine in at their establishments — despite the state’s new pre-travel coronavirus testing program. 

Last week, Hawaii launched the program, which allows travelers to avoid the state’s 14-day quarantine if they test negative for the coronavirus 72 hours before they arrive. 

However, Saenz Ohana Breakfast in Princeville, Hawaii, and the Lighthouse Bistro in Kilauea, Hawaii, would prefer not to have those travelers sitting down to eat.


According to KHON 2, Saenz, a food truck on the island of Kauai, posted on Facebook last week explaining that its seating area is only available to Kauai residents and will be closed to visitors from elsewhere. 

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that the post even said the food truck would check to make sure that people who were sitting and eating had local IDs.


Since it was originally posted last week, the message has been edited “to clear any confusion,” an updated version of the post read.

“We ARE NOT denying service to ANYONE,” the post said. “We are open and asking that ANYONE who has traveled within the last 14 days to please order online.”

The post explains how to order and pay online and that people who order online will have their food delivered to their cars.

“We only have two tables outdoors for seating, so it’s limited but we are leaving the tables reserved for the customers that have not traveled in the past 14 days or come in contact with someone who has traveled in the past 14 days,” the post continued. “We are taking these steps to keep ourselves, community, and customers safe during this pandemic.”


Saenz’s owner Juan Saenz told KHON 2 that despite some pushback he’s received, he plans to stick to the safety measures.

“It’s supposed to be for all travelers, including residents,” he told the local station. “So if someone’s coming home from the mainland, and they come to Kauai, we’re asking them to order online as well as if someone’s coming to visit because we feel that the testing system is not 100 percent.”


According to the Star-Advertiser, the Lighthouse Bistro posted a picture on social media of a sign on the front door of the restaurant saying that travelers who have not quarantined for 14 days would not be allowed to dine. 

“Attention Bistro Patrons,” the sign reportedly said. “Recent unquarantined travelers do not enter. You are welcome back post 14-day quarantine.”

Two restaurants in Hawaii are asking visitors and recent travelers to not dine-in at their establishments and to order online instead. (iStock)

Two restaurants in Hawaii are asking visitors and recent travelers to not dine-in at their establishments and to order online instead. (iStock)

That post appears to have been removed as of Tuesday evening. 

However, the sentiment still stands, owner Matt Ernsdorf told KHON 2.


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Cuomo says non-essential travel between NY, CT, NJ, PA ‘discouraged’ amid spike in tristate area COVID cases

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday said “non-essential” interstate travel between Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania is “discouraged,” amid a spike in cases of the novel coronavirus in the tristate area.

Cuomo, on Tuesday, announced that Arizona and Maryland have been added to New York’s COVID-19 travel advisory, which required individuals who have traveled to New York from areas with significant community spread to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.


The quarantine, which New York, Connecticut and New Jersey began imposing in June, applies to any person arriving from an area with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average, or an area with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

However, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania “now meet the criteria for the travel advisory,” Cuomo’s office said Tuesday, acknowledging that “given the interconnected nature of the region” a quarantine on those states “is not practically viable.”

“We are now in a situation where 43 states meet the criteria for our travel advisory. This is a really bizarre outcome, considering New York once had the highest infection rate,” Cuomo said in a statement Tuesday.

“There is no practical way to quarantine New York from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut,” he continued. “There are just too many interchanges, interconnections, and people who live in one place and work in the other.”

Cuomo said a quarantine on those states “would have a disastrous effect on the economy,” and noted that “while we’re fighting this public health pandemic, we’re also fighting to open up the economy.”


“However, to the extent travel between the states is not essential, it should be avoided,” Cuomo said.

As of Tuesday, Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming are on New York’s mandatory quarantine list.

It is not clear, at this point, what limiting tristate travel will look like, or how Cuomo will enforce it.

Meanwhile, on Monday, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said he would change his state’s quarantine criteria, saying that a state must hit a positivity rate of 5% to land on the list.

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