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Pa. adds travel restrictions, but police won’t be pulling over out-of-state drivers

Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine issued an order Tuesday that outlined new rules for travelers and strengthened the state’s existing mask mandate to combat the spread of COVID-19.

The latest mitigation efforts include a travel test, requiring travelers to be tested within 72 hours before entering Pennsylvania. Masking orders now call for wearing a face covering indoors at all times away from home, and outdoors if you can’t keep 6 feet from people outside your household.

There was no mention of enforcement of these new requirements, and Levine acknowledged that officials will continue to rely on voluntary compliance and an honor system among residents.

Here’s what we know regarding any potential enforcement:

Flying

The secretary said no one will stop travelers to ask about testing as they get off an airplane.

THE FACTS: Lehigh Valley International Airport posted the secretary’s order on its website Wednesday. Section 2 states the order will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 20, and will remain in effect until further notice. It states, “Individuals traveling into and returning to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from any other State or Commonwealth or an international location, must produce evidence of a negative SARS-CoV2 (COVID-19) test from a specimen collected within 72 hours prior to entering the Commonwealth, or quarantine for 14 days upon entering.”

Colin Riccobon, spokesman for the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority, referenced Levine’s statement that travelers would not be stopped in the airport. He said an official statement on the travel advisory is expected later Wednesday.

Driving

The secretary said the travel-test order also applies to Pennsylvanians who drive out of the state and return, excluding commutes for work. But don’t expect state or local police to target out-of-state drivers.

THE FACTS: Allentown police Chief Glenn Granitz Jr. said,” Secretary Levine acknowledged that officials are relying on voluntary compliance. Allentown police will not be stopping out-of-state vehicles to inquire about testing.”

Bethlehem police will be taking the same approach.

“Bethlehem police will not be doing anything different than we have been since the start of the pandemic,” said Capt. Keane Knappenberger. “There will not be checkpoints for out-of-state travelers, or door-to-door canvassing to check for gatherings. If we are called to a location, we will be educating the public about social distancing and mask wearing as we have been doing since the beginning.”

State Police enforcement

State police have played a role in enforcement of COVID-19 mitigation requirements, but it’s been limited.

THE FACTS: State Police Liquor Control Enforcement officers continue to visit licensed liquor establishments to ensure businesses are abiding by mitigation requirements that include social distancing, masking and other health and safety requirements of the liquor code. They continue to write warnings and notices of violation, and more information is available on the enforcement page of the state police COVID-19 portal.

While travel is not recommended in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, state police patrols are not stopping vehicles coming from out of state.

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N.J. adds another state to COVID-19 travel advisory. Nearly all 50 states meet quarantine criteria as cases surge.

One more state has been added to New Jersey’s travel advisory for the coronavirus Tuesday, setting a new high of 46 states and territories considered COVID-19 hotspots and that require a 14-day quarantine.



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Vermont was the latest state to be added, Gov. Phil Murphy’s office announced. The only remaining state that doesn’t meet the criteria to be on the list is Hawaii.

The Garden State, along with New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Delaware all meet the criteria to be on the travel advisory, but are exempt. Travel between the states is allowed without any quarantine. But officials have said people shouldn’t be traveling unless it’s essential.



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“As we face the second wave of this virus, we need to recommit ourselves to the mindset of personal responsibility that helped us flatten the curve earlier this year,” Murphy said in a statement.

New Jersey’s quarantine list was previously issued as a joint advisory with New York and Connecticut, but New York scrapped it after the state itself met the criteria to qualify for the quarantine.

New York is requiring visitors from non-neighboring states to take a COVID-19 test.

New Jersey’s advisory now includes:

Alabama (added 6/24/20)

Alaska (re-added 9/1/20)

Arizona (re-added 10/20/20)

Arkansas (added 6/24/20)

California (re-added 10/27/20)

Colorado (added 9/29/20)

Florida (added 6/24/20)

Georgia (added 6/30/20)

Guam (added 8/25/20)

Idaho (added 6/30/20)

Illinois (added 7/28/20)

Indiana (added 7/21/20)

Iowa (added 6/30/20)

Kansas (added 7/7/20)

Kentucky (added 7/28/20)

Louisiana (added 6/30/20)

Maine (added 11/10/20)

Maryland (re-added 10/20/20)

Massachusetts (added 10/27/20)

Michigan (added 10/13/20)

Minnesota (re-added 9/22/20)

Mississippi (added 6/30/20)

Missouri (added 7/21/20)

Montana (re-added 9/1/20)

Nebraska (added 7/21/20)

Nevada (re-added 9/22/20)

New Hampshire (added 11/10/20)

New Mexico (re-added 10/6/20)

North Carolina (added 6/24/20)

North Dakota (added 7/21/20)

Ohio (re-added 10/13/20)

Oklahoma (added 7/7/20)

Oregon (added 11/4/20)

Puerto Rico (re-added 9/15/20)

Rhode Island (re-added 9/22/20)

South Carolina (added 6/24/20)

South Dakota (added 8/11/20)

Tennessee (added 6/30/20)

Texas (added 6/24/20)

Utah (added 6/24/20)

Vermont (added 11/17/20)

Virginia (re-added 10/13/20)

Washington (re-added 11/4/20)

West Virginia (added 9/8/20)

Wisconsin (added 7/14/20)

Wyoming (added 9/22/20)

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Places are deemed COVID-19 hot spots if any state or territory has a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or if there’s a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

New Jersey has been well above the first criteria for weeks.

While violators of New York’s advisory have faced a possible $2,000 fine, New Jersey has never established fines. Instead, Murphy and other officials have asked people to practice “personal responsibility” and follow the order.

People flying into

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N.J. adds 2 states to COVID-19 travel advisory. Nearly all 50 states meet quarantine criteria as cases surge.

Two more states were added to New Jersey’s travel advisory for the coronavirus Tuesday, meaning nearly all 50 states in the U.S. are either on the advisory list or meet the criteria to be considered COVID-19 hot spots.



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Maine and New Hampshire were the latest states to be added. Officials are now asking anyone who have traveled from 45 states and territories to abide by a 14-day quarantine when arriving in New Jersey.

Hawaii and Vermont are the only two states not on the list based on the criteria. The U.S. Virgin Islands and Washington D.C. were on the list, but have now been removed.

The Garden State, along with New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Delaware all meet the criteria to be on the list, but are exempt. Travel between the states is allowed without any quarantine. But officials have said people shouldn’t be traveling unless it’s essential.

New Jersey health officials reported 3,877 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday — the highest daily positive tests since the April peak of the outbreak.

New Jersey’s quarantine list was previously issued as a joint advisory with New York and Connecticut, but New York scrapped it after the state itself met the criteria to qualify for the quarantine.

New York is requiring visitors from non-neighboring states to take a COVID-19 test.

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New Jersey’s advisory now includes:

Alabama (added 6/24/20)

Alaska (re-added 9/1/20)

Arizona (re-added 10/20/20)

Arkansas (added 6/24/20)

California (re-added 10/27/20)

Colorado (added 9/29/20)

Florida (added 6/24/20)

Georgia (added 6/30/20)

Guam (added 8/25/20)

Idaho (added 6/30/20)

Illinois (added 7/28/20)

Indiana (added 7/21/20)

Iowa (added 6/30/20)

Kansas (added 7/7/20)

Kentucky (added 7/28/20)

Louisiana (added 6/30/20)

Maine (added 11/10/20)

Maryland (re-added 10/20/20)

Massachusetts (added 10/27/20)

Michigan (added 10/13/20)

Minnesota (re-added 9/22/20)

Mississippi (added 6/30/20)

Missouri (added 7/21/20)

Montana (re-added 9/1/20)

Nebraska (added 7/21/20)

Nevada (re-added 9/22/20)

New Hampshire (added 11/10/20)

New Mexico (re-added 10/6/20)

North Carolina (added 6/24/20)

North Dakota (added 7/21/20)

Ohio (re-added 10/13/20)

Oklahoma (added 7/7/20)

Oregon (added 11/4/20)

Puerto Rico (re-added 9/15/20)

Rhode Island (re-added 9/22/20)

South Carolina (added 6/24/20)

South Dakota (added 8/11/20)

Tennessee (added 6/30/20)

Texas (added 6/24/20)

Utah (added 6/24/20)

Virginia (re-added 10/13/20)

Washington (re-added 11/4/20)

West Virginia (added 9/8/20)

Wisconsin (added 7/14/20)

Wyoming (added 9/22/20)

Places are deemed COVID-19 hot spots if any state or territory has a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or if there’s a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

New Jersey has been well above the first criteria for weeks and has averaged 2,568 cases in last seven days, an increase of 55% from a week ago, and a 233% increase from a month ago. Spot positivity in New Jersey has also been steadily increasing and was 7.98% on Friday, the

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WhatsApp adds new Vacation Mode to finally give you some peace and quiet

WHATSAPP is working on a new ‘Vacation Mode’ but it’s not your standard ‘out of office’ feature.

It will be very useful for people who have archived chats but haven’t deleted them.

Vacation Mode will be great if you're someone who often archives chats

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Vacation Mode will be great if you’re someone who often archives chatsCredit: Alamy

Archiving people can make your chat list look more organised but as soon as they message again they will appear back in your chats section.

According to Gadgets360: “Currently, WhatsApp offers users the ability to archive chats, but when a new message arrives, a notification does pop up for users.

“Vacation Mode looks to disable this ability and work on this feature was reported a year ago, but WhatsApp seem to have abandoned it later.”

WhatsApp appears to be working on this again in the beta version of its app, much to relief of users who don’t want to delete a chat but don’t want to be in it either.

You'll need to download the beta version of WhatsApp if you want to try out Vacation Mode before other people

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You’ll need to download the beta version of WhatsApp if you want to try out Vacation Mode before other peopleCredit: Alamy

This is different from muting a chat because a muted chat can still appear visible in your chats section and remind you of the people you’d rather not talk to.

WhatsApp beta for Android 2.20.199.8 is said to show references to Vacation Mode in its code.

However, it isn’t yet useable.

The feature will be tested in the beta app first before being rolled out in the mainstream.

Some WhatsApp fans have argued Vacation Mode isn’t really a feature in its own right and could just be considered an extension of chat archiving.

How to get WhatsApp beta

To download WhatsApp beta for your smartphone you need to go to Google Play on your Android and search for WhatsApp.

Scroll down the page until you see “Become a Beta Tester”.

Tap the “I’m In” button and then click “Join” to confirm.

Now all you have to do is wait for the update to the beta version of the app.

Downloading WhatsApp beta on iOS is a much trickier and riskier process so this is not recommended.

However, WhatsApp beta can be downloaded on a computer via the Google Play site.

WhatsApp – a quick history

Here’s what you need to know…

  • WhatsApp was created in 2009 by computer programmers Brian Acton and Jan Koum – former employees of Yahoo
  • It’s one of the most popular messaging services in the world
  • Koum came up with the name WhatsApp because it sounded like “what’s up”
  • After a number of tweaks the app was released with a messaging component in June 2009, with 250,000 active users
  • It was originally free but switched to a paid service to avoid growing too fast. Then in 2016, it became free again for all users
  • Facebook bought WhatsApp Inc in February 2014 for $19.3billion (£14.64bn)
  • The app is particularly popular because all messages are encrypted during transit, shutting out snoopers
  • As of 2020, WhatsApp has over 2billion
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N.J. adds 2 states to COVID-19 travel advisory. Quarantine list hits 41, though neighboring states that qualify are exempt.

Two states were added to New Jersey’s travel advisory for the coronavirus that asks people traveling from or returning to the Garden State to quarantine for 14 days, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday.

California and Massachusetts were added to the list. There are now 41 states and territories considered COVID-19 hot spots.

“Cases have continued to increase at alarming rates, in our state and across the country and it is imperative that we keep the spread of COVID-19 under control,” Murphy said in a statement.

California is back on the list after it was removed on Sept. 15.

The updated advisory was announced a week after Murphy’s office said New Jerseyans didn’t need to quarantine when traveling to neighboring states like Pennsylvania and Delaware — even though all three of the states meet the criteria to be on the advisory.

Unrestricted travel is also allowed to New York and Connecticut, which are the two other states New Jersey agreed to issue a joint advisory with when the plan was announced in June. But governors from each of the states urged people to limit travel unless it’s necessary.

New Jersey has met the criteria used for its joint travel advisory for a little more than a week as numbers of new cases continue to rise. The advisory applies to any state or territory with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or those with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

The Garden State is averaging 1,254 cases each day based on provisional daily numbers reported by state health officials as of Monday. That’s higher by more than 300 average cases the prior week.

With the state’s 8.8 million population, anything over an average 888 new cases daily would push the state above the 10 cases per 100,000 threshold. New Jersey’s positivity rate as of Friday, the most recent day available, was 5.17% of tests.

Officials on Tuesday reported 1,663 more COVID-19 cases and 14 additional deaths, marking the 10th straight day of more than 1,000 new positive tests — something the state hasn’t seen happen since early May. The Garden State’s COVID-19 hospitalizations were above 900 for the second straight day and the statewide rate of transmission increased again, to 1.26, above the critical benchmark of 1 that shows the outbreak here is expanding.

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Business travel has always been exempt from the quarantine advisory.

The quarantine, for New Jersey, is voluntary and there are other exceptions for people just passing through, but “compliance is expected,” according to state officials.

The advisory now includes:

  • Alabama (added 6/24/20)
  • Alaska (re-added 9/1/20)
  • Arizona (re-added 10/20/20)
  • Arkansas (added 6/24/20)
  • California (re-added 1027/20)
  • Colorado (added 9/29/20)
  • Florida (added 6/24/20)
  • Georgia (added 6/30/20)
  • Guam (added 8/25/20)
  • Idaho (added 6/30/20)
  • Illinois (added 7/28/20)
  • Indiana (added 7/21/20)
  • Iowa (added 6/30/20)
  • Kansas (added 7/7/20)
  • Kentucky (added 7/28/20)
  • Louisiana (added 6/30/20)
  • Maryland (re-added 10/20/20)
  • Massachusetts (added 10/27/20)
  • Michigan (added 10/13/20)
  • Minnesota (re-added 9/22/20)
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NY discourages travel to Massachusetts, adds CA to advisory

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s governor on Tuesday urged residents to avoid nonessential travel to neighboring Massachusetts, and added California to the state’s COVID-19 advisory list.

Residents from states on New York’s list must self-quarantine for 14 days.

Only seven states, including New York, have reported an average of fewer than 10 new cases per 100,000 residents over the past seven days.

The rest of the nation exceeds that threshold and qualifies for inclusion on New York’s travel advisory, which started as a joint effort this summer with Connecticut and New Jersey.

Massachusetts is the latest of New York’s neighbors to exceed the threshold, joining New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Massachusetts’ average has reached 15.1.

But New York is not adding neighboring states to its official advisory list. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is instead urging New Yorkers to avoid traveling to the states for now, and says it’s not practical to enforce quarantine rules given the region’s interconnected nature.

New York has averaged 8.9 new cases per 100,000 residents over the last 7 days, according to the state’s online data dashboard.

New York reported nearly 2,000 positive cases Monday, for a total of more than 38,600 positives so far this month. That’s up from about 24,500 new positives in September and 19,700 in August.

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United drops its shortest route, Hawaii opens and adds new flights, holiday travel bargains ahead…

In this week’s TravelSkills on SFGATE newsletter…

In route news, Southwest and Alaska revise their empty middle seat policies; United drops its shortest San Francisco route; JSX adds more Bay Area service as well as intra-Texas flights; Delta scraps a number of smaller domestic markets; Hawaiian brings back East Coast service and more Bay Area flights; United adds spokes from its Washington Dulles hub; Spirit overhauls its frequent flyer program; Alaska will start selling London flights; Singapore Airlines will revive the world’s longest nonstop route; and international route news from Level, United and El Al. Read: Routes- Middle seat shuffle, United, JSX, Delta, Hawaiian, Spirit, 737 Max, Singapore, more

With air travel demand plummeting this year, you might think airlines would try to make up some of that lost revenue by raising fares, but that’s not what happened – not in the second quarter, at least. And experts aren’t expecting holiday fares this year to be anywhere near as high as their 2019 levels. Read: With airfares plunging, will you go home for the holidays?

Nearly two weeks ago, Hawaii reopened to large numbers of mainland visitors when it relaxed its 14-day quarantine rule and replaced it with a negative COVID-19 test requirement. Since then, about 6,000-7,000 visitors per day have arrived, down from the normal 30,000 or so daily arrivals at this time of year. That bump in arrivals is great news for the economically strapped state — and for mainlanders hungry for a nice beach vacation. But for a small percentage of travelers, that nice vacation could turn into a nightmare. How? Read: What happens if you test positive for COVID-19 in Hawaii

A newly reported case in Texas could be the first instance of an airline passenger dying of COVID-19 on a flight. Although the incident happened in July, it was only this week that Dallas County officials confirmed the cause of death was COVID-19. Read: Airline passenger dies of COVID-19 on plane


Honolulu police issued warnings or citations to thousands of people in violation of coronavirus protocols since the state launched a pre-arrival testing program to reopen to tourists. The Honolulu Police Department said officers issued 4,500 warnings and 470 citations for not wearing masks or failing to social distance since the launch of the traveler testing program last Thursday. Read: Honolulu police issue 4,500 warnings for virus violations

It looks like Boeing’s troubled 737 Max is almost back. American Airlines said this week that pending final recertification of the aircraft, it expects to put the plane back into active service before the end of the year and has scheduled it for a daily New York-Miami flight from Dec. 29 through Jan. 4. Technically, the 737 Max remains grounded by the Federal Aviation Administration — as it has been since March 2019 — although it has made a lot of progress to resolving the agency’s concerns. Read more about this in our weekly routes update.

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United Airlines adds 8 leisure routes to Latin America and Caribbean

  • United Airlines is growing its leisure route network as executives expect business travel to remain low until 2024.
  • Latin American and Caribbean countries with limited or no restrictions for entry by US citizens are the main focus of the expansion.
  • The new routes boost United’s presence in Mexico, Costa Rica, Belize, the Dominican Republic, and Honduras.
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United Airlines is further expanding its leisure route map this winter with a focus on Latin America and the Caribbean as demand shifts south of the border to the few countries welcoming Americans. The new leisure-focused routes make sense as the company’s CEO has said he doesn’t expect business travel to recover until 2024. 

The new routes boost United’s presence in Mexico, Costa Rica, Belize, the Dominican Republic, and Honduras with expanded service from the airline’s hubs across the US from coast to coast. Both regions have been taking the lead in accepting American tourists in recent months as more flyers take to the skies.

Costa Rica, for example, is opening its borders to all Americans starting November 1 – after previously restricting entry for residents of high-risk states – with proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, according to the US Embassy in San Jose. Belize and Honduras have recently begun allowing all US citizens to enter but are similarly requiring negative tests to be presented for entry. 

Mexico has remained open to Americans arriving via air throughout the summer and has not used negative tests as a requirement for entry. The Dominican Republic also does not require a negative test for entry.

The new routes allow for quicker journeys and allow for more non-stop itineraries for those seeking to head south for the winter. United is also increasing flights on existing routes to Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Here’s where United Airlines is flying this winter.

Between Cleveland, Ohio, and Cancun, Mexico

Cancun, Mexico

Cancun, Mexico.

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United will begin flying between Cleveland, Ohio, and Cancun, Mexico on December 19 with year-round, Saturday-only service after having left the route in August 2019, according to Cirium route data. Competing with United on the route will be ultra-low-cost carriers Frontier Airlines and Spirit Airlines.

A former United hub that was re-acquired by the airline after a merger with Continental Airlines, Cleveland has seen reductions in service from United in recent years, with few routes beyond those to its other hubs. Once the route resumes, it will be United’s only international route from Cleveland. 

Between Washington, DC and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

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United will begin flying between Washington, DC, and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on December 17 with daily service until March 27, according to Cirium route data. No other airlines currently serve this route. 

Between Denver and San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose, Costa Rica.

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United will begin flying between Denver and San Jose, Costa Rica on December 19 with Saturday-only service until March 27, according to Cirium route data. No other

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