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Our View: Climate change putting winter recreation on thin ice

As we sit here in late November, the idea of shorter winters may sound inviting. But there’s no doubt Maine has a lot more to lose from climate change besides a week or two of colder temperatures.

In the latest warning from climate scientists, a study published this month in the journal PLoS One found that winter drownings are rising sharply along with early spring temperatures. The lack of sustained cold in the Northern Hemisphere, including the northern U.S., is forcing the ice to thaw and refreeze more often, making it weaker — and making activities such as snowmobiling and ice fishing a little more risky.

One by one, areas that were perfect for outdoor winter activities in decades past are becoming less of a sure thing. One study of 122 lakes worldwide, using nearly 80 years of lake-ice data, found that the number of ice-free winters has more than tripled since 1978 as global temperatures have reached new heights.

Mainers who enjoy outdoors in winter don’t have to be told that the environment around them is changing. Many Maine lakes have a week or two less of ice time during the winter now than in the recent past. Sebago Lake, the home of one of the state’s premier ice-fishing derbies, used to ice over about 80% of the time; now it only freezes over about half the time, and the derby is often moved off the lake for safety purposes.

It’s not just a problem confined to the winter, either. Lakes that don’t freeze over are more prone to toxic algae blooms, and the warming waters could threaten the state’s cold-water salmonid fishery.

As we’ve already seen in Maine, the small increases in temperature can have outsized impact. Just as rising temperatures have brought ticks to new areas of Maine and pushed the heart of the lobster industry north in recent years, they will shorten the winter season and change when and where Mainers can enjoy their favorite outdoor activities.

Maine will have to adapt to the changes caused by climate change. But we also need to be part of the effort to address rising temperatures so that our way of life is disrupted as little as possible.

Gov. Janet Mills has taken aggressive, thoughtful action on climate change, and President-elect Joe Biden has set even more lofty goals for his administration, including major investments in renewable energy and a goal of ending carbon pollution by 2035.

As a country and a world community, we are behind in addressing the climate crisis. There is hope now that with a new president and a new focus, we can take the steps necessary to make sure robust Maine winters don’t become a thing of the past.


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Family asks airline to change credit polcy amid COVID

They had $1,600 in airline credits set to expire despite government warnings against holiday travel.

WASHINGTON — It was supposed to be a February getaway for Howard Van and his family to relax after the birth of his second son, Vincent. He bought airplane tickets for himself, his wife Yok, Vincent and his older son Jason, and his sisters in-laws Amy and Yann Ly.

The family was supposed to fly on Southwest Airlines from BWI Airport to Tampa, Florida. But days before they were supposed to leave, and just as coronavirus was hitting the United States, Howard and his wife got sick with a fever and chills.

Van worried the couple might have contracted coronavirus, but said there was no way to know at the time.

“We had all the classic symptoms,” Van said. “But we will never know we had it or not because we there was no testing available to the general public at that time.”

Van says he was just trying to do the safe and responsible thing by cancelling the trip.

“For us as a family and for other passengers on that flight,” he said.

Southwest issued the van family travel credits for cost of the plane tickets worth roughly $1,640. The travel credits were set to expire on December 20, 2020. But with COVID cases surging around the country, Howard said there was no way to use the travel credits, especially since his wife and sister in law Yann are both front line health care workers and asked by their employers not to travel.

So, Van called Southwest and asked for an extension to use the travel credits.

Because of their current policy they were unable to grant me that request, which was very disappointing for us,” Van said. “And it became almost like a financial ticking time bomb as the deadline was approaching.”

That Southwest policy says only travel credits issued on or after March 1 of this year can be extended. Van asked customer service to make an exception, posting his appeal to Southwest Airline’s CEO, Gary Kelly, on the company website.

Van wrote, “The current Southwest policy is hurting front line medical professionals during a time when they are sacrificing the most to keep everyone safe.”

But according to a screen shot of that conversation provided by Van, Southwest wouldn’t budge. A customer service rep wrote back: “We’re sorry for any disappointment surrounding the fare rules…ya’ll chose to purchase.”

Van said the best Southwest told him they could do was charge him $100 per ticket to extend the travel credit deadline, meaning he could sink another $500 into a trip he didn’t know when his family could safely take. Or lose the $1640 in airfare all together.

“And for our family, that’s a lot of money,” Van said. “That’s money we could use to buy groceries, invest in our college funds or buy Christmas presents for our kids.”

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Try a hotel room as your office for a change of pace

Look for a drivable destination that offers great Wi-Fi, business amenities and packages, plus plenty of ways to wind down after hours.

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Guided by the restrictions the coronavirus pandemic has imposed, those who’ve been working from home for most of the year have definitely identified the many benefits (comfort, pets, no commute), but some less-than-great issues have developed, too. It can be repressive and suppressive to be surrounded by the same things and people 24/7, and can affect creativity and innovation, keys to a company’s success. 

Now, whether spurred from self-motivation or given as an option by business leaders, remote workers are looking toward safe options, which include taking a break for a couple of days or a couple of weeks, and working from a hotel. Choose a hotel near your home so you’re available for emergencies, or choose one a day’s drive away and combine a kind of road trip/vacation. 

Shifting locations, changing up surroundings is seen by some to be critical to mental health. “Many people feel cabin fever coming on after months of being sequestered to home offices, kitchens and bedrooms, often with kids or pets around,” said  Dr. Alison Mehta, D.O., California’s Community Psychiatry. “The stress of not leaving your home environment, and having a clear way to separate work from home is very hard on many people. The days start to bleed together, and the isolation builds up. Some of my patients who have ADHD are struggling a lot more working from home, as distractions abound.”

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The local universe is your oyster, but before you just book the first thing that comes up on TripAdvisor, you have critical things to consider; you want: Great Wi-Fi, access to business services, a setup where you can work ergonomically (sitting in a bed at home or hotel is not good for your back or neck) and, if you want, see if they accept pets. 

To be sure you get a true break, ensure you’ll have things to do in your time off—see what kind of television programming you have, ask about room service, ask if they’ll allow a food delivery service. Don’t forget to find out how much daily parking costs (there have been occasions where daily parking in a San Francisco hotel lot ($90) costs more than the actual room).

“Viva Las Office”: Vegas as a getaway and work space

The hospitality industry appears to be catching on and what better place to start than sin city itself, Las Vegas.

Vegas is a feasible drive from any number of locations, including California, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and perhaps Idaho and Oregon. Given the current situation with e-learning and remote work, a longer drive to Vegas may be deemed worthy. In addition to the ease of shift from home office, families will find something for every generation to enjoy (just don’t forget to wear and mask and practice safe social distancing). 

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How to change or cancel flights as the pandemic and travel restrictions cripple the airline industry’s nascent recovery



a large passenger jet sitting on top of a runway: Airline passengers reconsidering their holiday plans can take advantage of new policies offered by most major airlines. MARTIN SYLVEST/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP/Getty


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Airline passengers reconsidering their holiday plans can take advantage of new policies offered by most major airlines. MARTIN SYLVEST/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP/Getty

  • A surge in COVID-19 cases across the US is encouraging would-be travelers to cancel their holiday flights.
  • Four major US airlines have eliminated change and cancel fees permanently, while others have travel waivers to make it easier to cancel when plans change.
  • Most airlines won’t offer a refund, however, unless a flight is canceled or there is a schedule change, so flyers should be strategic when they cancel. 
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The airline industry’s hope for an air travel resurgence during the holiday season may be dashed as some travelers are looking to avoid flying amid a coronavirus surge. 

Rising COVID-19 cases and new lockdown orders from governors across the US that limit how many people can be at Thanksgiving dinner are forcing travelers to rethink their holiday plans. And for some, that means staying off of airplanes, despite the industry’s push to show that flying is safe. 

For those looking to stay home, airlines are being more flexible this year out of any year prior when it comes to changing plans. In the US, four major airlines eliminated change and cancel fees permanently in an effort to increase bookings despite the ever-changing landscape of the pandemic. 

American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and Alaska Airlines have done away with the fees, normally a huge revenue driver, while others have waivers to allow limited changes with restrictions. 

But even though airlines are using words like change and cancel, the policies often have restrictions about which travelers are often unaware. While there might not be a change fee, for example, customers will have to pay any difference in airfare.

Here’s what you need to know about changing or canceling a booking as coronavirus continues to impact travel.

Four major US airlines are eliminating change and cancel fees for domestic and limited international travel

United Airlines was the first major international airline to eliminate change fees over the summer for its flights within the US or to the Caribbean and Mexico. Passengers with economy tickets and above, excluding basic economy, can make changes or cancellations as many times as they’d like. 

Award ticket holders can similarly make changes or cancel their flights. In order for the miles to be redeposited without a fee, however, the passenger must cancel greater than 30 days from the day of departure. 

Passengers with basic economy tickets who book or have booked their flights before December 31, 2020, are able to change their flights under United’s earlier change fee waiver. 

Travelers can rebook or cancel on United’s website, mobile app, or by calling 1-800-864-8331.

American Airlines’ new policy is a bit broader and includes the US, Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean, as well as all “long-haul international” trips that originate in North or South America, though American hasn’t yet defined which routes classify as long-haul international. Ticket

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Online Travel Agent Global Market Opportunities And Strategies To 2030: COVID-19 Growth and Change

Online Travel Agent Global Market Opportunities And Strategies To 2030: COVID-19 Impact and Recovery provides the strategists, marketers and senior management with the critical information they need to assess the global online travel agent market.

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Where is the largest and fastest growing market for the online travel agent market? How does the market relate to the overall economy, demography and other similar markets? What forces will shape the market going forward? The online travel agent global market opportunities and strategies to 2030: COVID-19 impact and recovery answers all these questions and many more.

The report covers the following chapters

Executive Summary – The executive summary section of the report gives a brief overview and summary of the report
Report Structure – This section gives the structure of the report and the information covered in the various sections.
Introduction – The introduction section of the report gives brief introduction about segmentation by geography, segmentation by service type, and segmentation by type of platform.
Market Characteristics – The market characteristics section of the report defines and explains the online travel agent market. This chapter also defines and describes goods and related services covered in the report.
Product Analysis – The product analysis section of the report describes the leading products in the online travel agent market along with key features and differentiators for those products.
Supply Chain – The supply chain section of the report defines and explains the key players in the online travel agent industry supply chain.
Customer Information – This chapter covers recent customers’ trends/preferences in the global online travel agent market.
COVID Impact – This chapter describes the impact of COVID-19 on the global online travel agent market.
Trends And Strategies – This chapter describes the major trends shaping the global online travel agent market. This section highlights likely future developments in the market and suggests approaches companies can take to exploit these opportunities.
Global Market Size And Growth – This section contains the global historic (2015 – 2019) and forecast (2019 – 2023) market values, and drivers and restraints that support and restrain the growth of the market in the historic and forecast periods.
Regional Analysis – This section contains the historic (2015 – 2019), forecast (2019 – 2023) market value and growth and market share comparison by region.
Segmentation – This section contains the market values (2015-2023) and analysis for different segments.
Global Macro Comparison – The global online travel agent market comparison with macro-economic factors gives the online travel agent market size, percentage of GDP, and average online travel agent market expenditure.
Regional Market Size and Growth – This section contains the region’s market size (2019), historic and forecast (2015 – 2023) market values, and growth and market share comparison of major countries within the region. This report includes information on all the

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How the US 2020 election might change the travel industry

Airport improvements, easier access to certain destinations, making aviation less destructive ecologically — and a railroad revolution.



a group of people standing around a bag of luggage: Experts agree a testing system needs to be in place for travel to take off again (pictured: Rome's Leonardo da Vinci airport)


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Experts agree a testing system needs to be in place for travel to take off again (pictured: Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport)

OK, the way we travel isn’t exactly the burning question that will decide the US election, but a second term of Donald Trump’s presidency or the first term of a Joe Biden administration might have radical differences in the industry’s development — not just in the United States, but globally, too.



a group of people standing in a room: JFK (pictured), Newark and LaGuardia airports have been called 'Third World' by Donald Trump.


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JFK (pictured), Newark and LaGuardia airports have been called ‘Third World’ by Donald Trump.

Trump, famously, is the only President to have owned an airline — Trump Shuttle. It connected Boston Logan, New York LaGuardia and Ronald Reagan airport in Washington, DC, from 1989 to 1992.



a person wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: Joe Biden has been a longstanding fan of trains. He commuted daily on Amtrak from Delaware to Washington when he was a US senator.


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Joe Biden has been a longstanding fan of trains. He commuted daily on Amtrak from Delaware to Washington when he was a US senator.

Meanwhile, Biden has been a rail commuter for decades, and his much-noted bid to make the United States go greener could have implications for the aviation industry.

Neither has focused on transportation during their campaign. In the middle of a pandemic, there are bigger things on which to concentrate. But with the travel industry decimated by Covid-19, the presidential response could determine whether the industry revives or is crushed beyond repair.

And that goes beyond vacations.

“One of the most important things about the travel industry is its huge impact on the economy,” says Tori Emerson Barnes, executive vice president of public affairs and policy for the US Travel Association.

“It’s not quite as tangible as manufacturing, but any new or renewed administration needs to prioritize it, as it’s the hardest-hit industry. The travel industry has suffered almost 40% of job losses nationwide. Nearly four million travel jobs have been lost in the US since the pandemic, and if we don’t get a relief package by the end of December, we’ll lose another million. We need action quickly.”

So what are the two candidates offering, and how do industry figures believe each could change travel in the United States?

What the candidates say

Trump came to power in 2016 on a ticket promising infrastructure improvements, having called both some of the country’s airports and its rail system “Third World” while campaigning and again as President. He has not released any plans for travel or aviation in his 2020 campaign, however, and the White House did not respond to an emailed request for information.

Meanwhile, Biden covers roads, rail and aviation in his “infrastructure” plan. His “clean energy” plan also touches on transport. There’s no clear timeline or cost projections in his plans, however, and the Biden campaign did not respond to emailed requests for comment either.



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President Trump’s travel ban on numerous Muslim-majority countries in 2017 made headlines.

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N.J. sticks with 14-day quarantine travel advisory for coronavirus hot spots despite N.Y.’s rule change

New Jersey doesn’t plan to scrap its travel advisory calling for a 14-day quarantine for those arriving from coronavirus hot spots despite the announcement over the weekend that New York was ending its list and instead will require visitors from non-neighboring states to take a COVID-19 test, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday.

Both states, along with Connecticut, have maintained a joint travel advisory for states with high COVID-19 infection rates. But New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday it was dropping its list as coronavirus numbers continue to rise across the country.

New York is now requiring travelers from all non-neighboring states to test negative no more than three days before they enter. Those who arrive without proof of a negative test won’t be stopped from entering but will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

Even those who test negative will have to quarantine for three days after they arrive and then take a second test. If that’s also negative, they can cease their quarantine.

Cuomo admitted Saturday it had become increasingly difficult to enforce the travel advisory.

“The list started small and then the list got longer and longer and longer,” he said. “At one point, it was no longer a list, it was all-inclusive. Now, you don’t have a list.”

But Murphy said Monday there are no plans to make a similar change in New Jersey.

“We’re gonna stay with the current posture that we’ve got,” the governor said during his latest online coronavirus briefing.

Murphy stressed that the advisory does not apply to people who are crossing into neighboring states like Connecticut, Delaware, New York, and Pennsylvania for work or other essential reasons.

But he emphasized that people shouldn’t travel unless it’s necessary.

“We’re just asking people if you don’t have to travel, just flat out don’t travel. Period,” he said.

Things got awkward in New Jersey last month when New Jersey met the criteria to qualify for its own advisory. The Garden State has recorded 16 straight days of more than 1,000 new cases.

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.

There are currently 41 states and territories on the quarantine list. Neighboring states — New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware — are exempt from being on the list despite meeting the criteria.

New Jersey on Monday reported 1,379 more COVID-19 cases and three additional deaths. The state’s hospitals had more than 1,000 patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases for the sixth straight day, and the statewide rate of transmission decreased slightly to 1.28, but it remains above the key mark indicating the outbreak here is growing.

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Answers to your questions about how climate change affects winter recreation in Maine

Maine has long been a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts who in winter have gone downhill skiing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing. But as climate change makes sub-freezing temperatures and sufficient snowpack less consistent, and as tourists seek out new kinds of experiences, traditional winter outdoor recreation businesses in Maine are having to adjust.

Some ski resorts have suffered through slow winters due to a relative lack of snow, while opportunities to go ice fishing are shrinking as lakes consistently freeze later and thaw earlier in the year.

To share information about the effect of warming temperatures on Maine’s economy, communities and ecosystems, the Bangor Daily News hosted an online event on Oct. 15, bringing together four experts to share their work on the topic. The webinar was the third of four BDN Climate Conversations, which will help shape our coverage of climate issues.

The conversations bring together scientists from the University of Maine and other research institutions as well as local subject matter experts.

During last week’s event, people who tuned in wanted to know more about the impact of warmer temperatures on winter recreational activities in Maine. Here are some of their biggest questions.

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Is it possible that climate change may, paradoxically, cause colder temperatures on average in Maine during the winter in the future? Rising temperatures are weakening the jet stream, allowing frigid arctic air to reach further south.

While climate change has made weather conditions more volatile, the overall trend shows that the planet is getting warmer, including in Maine.

There have been some examples in recent winters of places in Maine getting single-digit or sub-zero temperatures one day and above-freezing temperatures the next, but it is unlikely that there will be any significant cooling as long as the volume of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere continues to rise. Still, there could be some variability from one decade to the next, with some on average being cooler than others, due to natural factors such as volcanic eruptions.

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Couldn’t it be argued that this trend is actually good for Maine for the tourism and agriculture industries? Are earlier ice-outs better or worse for the fish in our lakes and rivers?

It depends on what kind of tourism business you run, which is why many businesses that historically have catered to snowmobilers or downhill skiers have diversified the types of activities they offer. Many ski resorts have built or connected to area mountain bike trails to attract customers in warm months, for example. Cross-country skiing requires less snowpack than snowmobiling, and fat bikes or fat tire bikes can be ridden either in snow or on bare or muddy ground.

In places that tend to draw hikers or enthusiasts of other traditional summer outdoor activities, the milder weather — especially during fall foliage season — has boosted business in the state’s tourism industry over the past few decades. Relatively warm and dry weather in the months of September and October has been credited by officials

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Palm Springs sees spike in vacation rental complaints. No plans to change ordinance

On a steamy Sunday afternoon in early August, a Palm Springs code enforcement officer arrived at a luxurious vacation rental property to inquire about a noise complaint that came into the city’s hotline.

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The officer could hear “Brickhouse” by The Commodores playing from the side of the street, according to a city hotline log. Ultimately, the officer issued a citation, one of 159  issued to Palm Springs vacation rental properties in June, July and August.

That figure represents a 150% increase in the number of citations issued to Palm Springs vacation rentals compared to the same months last year. The majority of citations stemmed from loud music, which comes with a $500 fine to the guest. Others were issued over parking, operating without a license, or other violations.



Palm Springs cracked down on vacation rentals because of neighbor complaints, this fall they are updating the ordinance. Locked key boxes used by vacation renters are photographed at the Biarritz condos in Palm Springs, Calif., on November 12, 2019.


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Palm Springs cracked down on vacation rentals because of neighbor complaints, this fall they are updating the ordinance. Locked key boxes used by vacation renters are photographed at the Biarritz condos in Palm Springs, Calif., on November 12, 2019.

The spike was coupled with an unanticipated influx of visitors venturing to the desert in the summer heat for longer-than-usual stays to break from sheltering in place.

Bruce Hoban, the co-founder of the Vacation Renter Owners and Neighbors of Palm Springs said the increased number of bookings this summer stemmed from pent-up demand amid the coronavirus pandemic, where “everything was shut down for three months and then all of the sudden you can go get a vacation rental.”



chart, bar chart: This chart from the city of Palm Springs shows the overall number of citations issued to vacation rentals.


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This chart from the city of Palm Springs shows the overall number of citations issued to vacation rentals.

These stays were also longer; while travelers normally stay for two nights for a desert summer getaway, this year saw more frequent stays of four days or longer, Hoban said.

“We got this very not normal crowd coming into the city to rent vacation rentals who just didn’t want to follow the rules,” Hoban said.

Palm Springs’ vacation rental ordinance has been held up as a model for strict enforcement. The city has a “three strikes” policy that can cause an owner to lose their ability to operate for two years. An individual can only have one vacation rental license, which is limited to 32 guest stays a year plus an extra four bookings during July, August and September. 

On Wednesday, Councilmember Lisa Middleton presented along with former code enforcement officer Boris Stark, who now works for Acme Vacation Rentals, at a California League of Cities meeting to talk about “best practices” for short-term rentals. 

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But some Palm Springs residents would rather see more restrictions, or see vacation rentals gone altogether. A lawsuit is still working its way through a California appellate court disputing

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Connecticut plans to change travel advisory rules, so fewer states meet threshold for restrictions

Gov. Ned Lamont on Monday announced that the state of Connecticut will soon modify the rules of its travel advisory so that fewer states and territories qualify for the list.

Currently, Connecticut adds a state or territory to the travel advisory list if it averages 10 new daily cases per 100,000 residents or a positive test rest of more than 10% over a seven-day period.

But soon, those rules will shift so that the travel restrictions will only apply to areas with the same threshold of new daily cases, plus a positive test rest of more than 5% over a seven-day period.

That is, states and territories must meet both criteria in order to be placed on the list. Once added to the list, travelers arriving in Connecticut from the hotspot areas are require to either test negative for COVID-19 or self-quarantine for 14 days.

On Monday, Lamont said the rules haven’t actually been changed yet and are under discussion with New Jersey and New York. The three states have collaborated on their travel advisories since June. Lamont said he expects the rules will go into effect “probably in the next day or two.”

As with the existing rules, the restrictions will still apply to anyone who was out-of-state for more than 24 hours and who plans to be in-state for more than 24 hours. The restrictions apply to travel of any form — including by plane, car and train — although the state has so far mostly focused on airline travel.

Until the change goes into effect, Connecticut appears to qualify for its own travel advisory, as cases spike in the state and across much of the country. After the change goes into effect, Connecticut will no longer meet the criteria for its own advisory.

But as COVID-19 has surged across the country, including in some Northeast states, the number of states that qualify for the list has ballooned. Last week, on Oct. 13, the tri-state travel advisory included 36 states and two territories.

The number of restricted states prompted Lamont to say he would “rethink” the advisory, although he also said the advisory had been a helpful tool.

“Right now it applies to just about everybody except tor those of us in the Northeast, and our numbers are ramping up,” Lamont said last week.

The advisory “was becoming unenforceable,” Lamont said Monday.

Last week, Lamont floated the idea of scrapping the thresholds for hotspot states entirely, and instead requiring all travelers to self-quarantine or test negative.

But after publicly suggesting that more significant change, Lamont said Monday that he’d been convinced to go with a less severe change because he still wants restrictions that apply specifically to areas where the virus is spiking.

Emily Brindley can be reached at [email protected]

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