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St. Anthony Hotel Celebrates the Fifth Anniversary of its Grand Reopening with an Eye Toward Shifting Needs of Guests

SAN ANTONIO, Nov. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — November 19th marks the fifth anniversary of the meticulous 30-month restoration and renovation to the hotel often called “the Queen of San Antonio,” The St. Anthony Hotel. The anniversary is not the only celebration of note for the historic property as Marriott International announced in late October that The St. Anthony Hotel was awarded the 2019 Marriott Hotel of the Year in the Distinctive Luxury category.

“Although 2020 is not the year any of us could have anticipated, we have found ways to address safety and the changing needs of our guests while retaining the distinctive customer service delivery embodied by the St. Anthony team,” noted Brandon Raney, CEO of BC Lynd Hospitality. “Our thoughtful restoration five years ago taught us that despite the current challenges, there are many things that remain important to our guests. We’ve worked to continue delivering exceptional service, infuse luxury in the customer experience, and embrace our history while meeting contemporary expectations. Each of these elements makes a difference now like never before.”

The St. Anthony Hotel’s grand reopening in 2015 did more than update and renovate a property that has been the center of upscale events and celebrations in the city for more than 110 years. The approach taken by owners Clyde Johnson and Brandon Raney focused on managing a delicate balance between grand luxury and contemporary tastes. This approach is evident throughout the hotel from the classic chandeliers and hundred-year-old Steinway to the clean lines of renovated suites and lounges with a modern flair.

Strolling through the hotel you will discover the designers and owners went through great lengths to maintain several historic elements of the property. Restored Venetian tile flooring dating back to 1910 alongside an eclectic mix of old and new furnishings; old-world textile design paired with contemporary color palettes; and even doors with no doorknobs integrated into the project as an elegant response to modern demands. Since the renovated and updated suites needed more spacious bathrooms, the required the number of rooms shifted – but the number of doors remained in order to maintain the character of each corridor. The sixth-floor outdoor infinity pool has a contemporary feel while the rooftop lounge preserves historic hand-painted tile.

In an effort to offer a level of support and accommodations to guests responsive to the current travel climate, The St. Anthony Hotel family has adapted and adjusted, much as it did during its renovation. Historically The St. Anthony Hotel has catered to generations of large weddings, sumptuous special events, and served as a stunning backdrop for celebrities and VIPs who have made their way into San Antonio. Today The St. Anthony Hotel is serving as a venue for a wide range of gatherings. Small, intimate weddings are now

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Dr. Anthony Fauci says ‘think twice’ about holiday travel plans

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Holidays are usually for gatherings but many get-togethers are complicated or canceled because of COVID-19.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci is urging Americans to “think twice” about traveling and having indoor gatherings for the holidays.

During a meeting with USA TODAY’s Editorial Board Wednesday, the nation’s top infectious disease expert said seemingly “innocent” family and friend dinner gatherings at home are where many of the infections are now stemming from.

“Because of the almost intuitive instinct that when you’re with people you know … and no one appears to be physically ill that it’s OK to congregate 10, 12 people for drinks or a meal or what have you, but it’s indoors because the weather is cold, that’s where we’re seeing these types of outbreaks,” the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases explained.

He continued, “As we get into the colder weather, we should really think twice about these kind of dinner parties where you’re not sure of whether the people that are in your bubble (are safe). Then you’re going to start seeing these unanticipated infections related to innocent home gatherings, particularly as we head into the holiday season.”

Fauci’s recommendation? He advises each individual person and family unit “should make a risk-benefit assessment.”

The assessment should consider, he says, the risk of going to a crowded airport, getting on a plane as well as whether you have family members who are elderly or have underlying conditions that would put them at a higher risk of a serious outcome.

“That should determine what your decision is about the risk you’re willing to take. Because the risk of not traveling is less than the risk of traveling,” he said. “So you’ve got to decide, during this interesting period of a lot of infection going on, colder weather, indoors: Do you want to travel and go to a Thanksgiving meal where there may be 12, 15, 20 people?”

Fauci’s own Thanksgiving plans have been affected by the pandemic. He says his three adult daughters, who all live in different parts of the country, decided not to come home this year.

“If they were going to come to Washington and see their daddy, they would have to travel,” he said, in addition to complications of quarantining and getting tested. “They made a decision because of my age, that as much as they would like to see me … that they are not going to come for Thanksgiving, … and I’m proud of them for that.”

Instead, Fauci and his wife are planning to have a dinner with the children over Zoom.

“We’re going to say we had a great Thanksgiving last year, we’re looking forward to a great Thanksgiving next year, but today, we’re going to call a time out,” he said. 

Fauci said he does not think everyone “needs to do what I’m doing” but urged others to “at least pause for a moment” to assess the risks based on every individual’s circumstances.

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Infectious Disease Expert Contradicts Anthony Fauci, Reveals How Thanksgiving Travel Could Be Safe

While Dr. Anthony Fauci is warning against large family gatherings and travel for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S., another health expert is saying that those who utilize proper precautions should be okay to do some traveling over the holidays.

Speaking to WPTV, an NBC affiliate station, Dr. Kleper De Almeida, an infectious disease specialist with JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, Florida, said that he felt travel could take place over the holiday season, including Thanksgiving, so long as those choosing to travel did so in a smart and safe way.

“As long as people take the measures that we should be applying every day, it would be safe to travel,” he said. “We need to be very mindful of that while we travel to protect ourselves from exposure, and in doing so, minimizing the risk of bringing it back to our communities.”

De Almeida’s comments directly contradict ones made by Fauci, who is the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and has been seen as the face of COVID-19, as he repeatedly warns Americans of rising infection rates and encourages mask use and social distancing. However, while those measures can help slow the spread, he has warned against letting them be the sole means of protection when it comes to considering a larger gathering for Thanksgiving and even admitted that he was taking precautions by not spending the holiday with his own daughters.

“That is unfortunately a risk, when you have people coming from out of town, gathering together in an indoor setting,” Fauci said. It is unfortunate, because that’s such a sacred part of American tradition—the family gathering around Thanksgiving. But that is a risk.”

The CDC echoed Fauci’s concerns with their guidelines for the holiday season, and traditional events that draw large crowds, like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, are going virtual to try and prevent the spread.

The United States currently stands at more than 8 million total COVID-19 infections reported and 218,000 deaths, with more than 70,000 new cases reported Friday, the largest increase since July. According to statistics from the New York Times, a total of 29 states continue to report high numbers of cases, while 16 other states are starting to report upticks.

In the past seven days, states that have seen high surges in percentages of cases have been North and South Dakota, which have seen more than 500 cases per 100,000 residents, with Montana, Wisconsin and Nebraska also reporting high numbers, with more than 300 cases per 100,000 residents. Currently, the only states that have seen less than 100 infections per 100,000 people (less than 0.001 percent), have been Vermont, Maine, Hawaii, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, California, Washington, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Virginia, Florida, Delaware, Georgia and Louisiana.

Fauci said the government would not make any future COVID-19 vaccine obligatory for the general public Fauci said the government would not make any future COVID-19 vaccine obligatory for the general public Photo: POOL / Al Drago

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