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49ers to travel 700 miles for home games as Covid-19 continues to hit NFL

The San Francisco 49ers will play two home games in Arizona after new coronavirus regulations put in place by officials in northern California forced the team to find a temporary new home.



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The news came as Covid-19 continues to ravage the NFL. The Denver Broncos were forced to play a back-up wide receiver at quarterback on Sunday after their regular signal-callers were affected by the virus, while the New Orleans Saints were fined heavily for failing to follow mask protocols. All NFL team facilities are closed on Monday and Tuesday because of the rise in Covid-19 cases across the United States, in addition to the “understanding that a number of players and staff celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday with out-of-town guests,” according to a league statement released on Friday.



a large stadium: The San Francisco 49ers will be forced to play their next two home games away from Levi’s Stadium.


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The San Francisco 49ers will be forced to play their next two home games away from Levi’s Stadium.

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An outbreak in the Baltimore Ravens camp has led to their crucial game against their fierce rivals the Pittsburgh Steelers being delayed until Tuesday. There were 70 positive tests among NFL players and staff in the week ending 21 November, compared to seven in the first week of the season, at the start of September.

The US as a whole is expecting a further rise in Covid-19 cases in the next few weeks after people travelled to visit family and friends for the Thanksgiving holiday. The virus has killed more than 265,000 people in America, the highest total for any country.

As for the 49ers, they will host the Buffalo Bills next Monday and Washington on 13 December at State Farm Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals, 700 miles from their base in Santa Clara county. The team said it will have information on practice arrangements later.

The AFC East-leading Bills will be returning to Arizona for the second time in a little over three weeks, following a 32-30 loss to the Cardinals on 15 November.

“The Cardinals organization, State Farm Stadium and League officials have been supportive and accommodating as we work through the many logistical issues involved in relocating NFL games,” the 49ers said in a statement.

Santa Clara county announced new rules on Saturday that include a three-week ban on practices and games for contact sports. The Niners were on a plane getting ready to travel to Los Angeles, where they beat the Rams 23-20 on Sunday, when the players and coaches heard about the rules.

The rules will also affect the San Jose Sharks of the NHL and college teams at Stanford and San Jose State. Along with the ban on contact sports, the new rules require anyone who has traveled more than 150 miles from the county to quarantine for 14 days.

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California’s new COVID order: Leisure travelers must stay home

Stop traveling, the governor says.

With the “regional stay-at-home” order issued Thursday, Gov. Gavin Newsom is imploring Californians to stay home for the next three weeks and cinching already tight restrictions in areas where the COVID-19 pandemic has hospitals under the heaviest pressure.

Outlining the new restrictions, which include new capacity limits for retailers and other changes, state officials said hotels and other lodgings will be allowedto open for critical infrastructure support only.” But in the immediate aftermath of the governor’s announcement Thursday afternoon, details of the new travel restrictions remained unclear.

Dr. Mark Ghaly, the state’s secretary of Health and Human Service, said the state is effectively telling, not asking, Californians to stop all nonessential travel. That includes canceling holiday travel plans, he added.

“The message of the day is, as much as you can, be at home,” Ghaly said.

However, he and Newsom also stressed that parks and beaches would remain open and that Californians could boost their mental health by hiking, running, fishing, practicing yoga, skiing, snowboarding and otherwise savoring outdoor activities.

The new regional stay-at-home order, which officials said goes into effect within 48 hours of the announcement, applies in California regions where ICU availability is less than 15%. Among other things, the new order “prohibits private gatherings of any size, closes sector operations except for critical infrastructure and retail, and requires 100% masking and physical distancing in all others.” It is to remain in effect for at least three weeks.

The order’s regional grouping categorizes Los Angeles County within an 11-county area that also includes Imperial, Inyo, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

The 11 Southern California counties and 12 counties in the Central Valley could be required to implement the new restrictions on Friday, based on current projections of the rising number of patients who have been admitted to intensive care units.

VisitCalifornia.com, the state’s tourism website, puts the new rules in blunt terms: The state, it says, has “banned non-essential travel in most of the state beginning Dec. 4.”

In a widely circulated letter to industry professionals, Visit California President and Chief Executive Caroline Beteta wrote that in the 23 counties immediately affected, “hotels can remain open, although the order announced today bans non-essential travel statewide.”

She also noted that ski resorts can stay open (but must close their food and beverage services) and that campgrounds must close, along with wineries, breweries, museums, zoos, family entertainment centers and aquariums.

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area spokesman Tim LeRoy confirmed the information about ski operations. California State Parks did not respond to questions about how the governor’s order would affect its campgrounds. As of Wednesday, 83 state campgrounds were at least partly open.

Other details of the state’s plan for enforcing the tighter limits remained unclear Thursday afternoon.

In a web Q&A explaining the new travel guidelines, state officials said: “Stay in your county if you can. Don’t drive more than 2-3 hours.”

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Mayor was on vacation in Mexico while urging residents to stay home

The mayor of Austin, Texas, on Wednesday apologized for attending a wedding and traveling to Mexico for a vacation after urging residents to stay home in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.



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“I want you to know that I regret that travel,” Mayor Steve Adler said in a video statement. “I wouldn’t travel now. I didn’t over Thanksgiving, and I won’t over Christmas, and no one should. Everyone should be avoiding non-essential travel now because we are in the orange area.”

Adler, the two-term mayor of Austin, said he attended a small, private wedding for his daughter in November and then traveled with his family to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. In a video filmed from his vacation, Adler urged residents to stay home, citing the rising number of coronavirus cases. “We need to stay home if you can,” he said. “Do everything you can to try to keep the numbers down. This is not the time to relax.”

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He first revealed he was on vacation in an interview with the Austin American-Statesman. 

“I recognize that the fact that I took that trip, and at the same time, was continuing to urge people to be cautious is confusing,” Adler said in his apology Wednesday. “I know that others have chosen not to travel under the same circumstances, and I know that in my position, I need to send a clearer message. I’m sorry I took that trip. It was a lapse in judgment, and I want you to know that I apologize.”

Adler said his actions set a “bad example” to the people of Austin but he did not break any established COVID-19 restrictions for the city. At the time, the city was operating under its Stage 3 health recommendations, which urges residents to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people. 

Adler told the Austin American-Statesman that 20 people attended the wedding. He said his daughter originally invited 100 people but disinvited most of the attendees. “It’s a hard thing for a girl to do, but there are girls all over the city that are having to do the same kind of thing, couples all over the city that are having to do the same kind of thing,” Adler said. 

Austin is located in Travis County, where there are currently over 2,600 active virus cases and 222 hospitalizations, according to health officials. More than 486 people have died from the virus there during the pandemic. 

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Austin Mayor Encouraged People To Stay Home, Went To Cabo For Vacation

After initially saying he didn’t do anything wrong, Steve Adler, the mayor of Austin, Texas, says he now realizes he “set a bad example” by traveling to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for vacation last month.

An Austin American-Statesman story revealed Wednesday that Adler attended an in-person wedding for his daughter in early November and then flew with others to Cabo for a weeklong vacation.

At the same time, Adler was encouraging people to stay home to avoid contracting or spreading COVID-19.

“Not only did we not do anything wrong, we didn’t do anything that abrogated or violated the rules or regulations in the city, or the conduct that we were expecting of others that we also expect of ourselves,” Adler initially told KUT.

Adler confirmed to KUT that 20 people attended the wedding, which was held outside at a hotel and restaurant in Austin. He said people were seated at distanced tables but that not everyone was wearing masks.

At the time of the wedding, which was held in early November, the city and county were under Stage 3 of Austin Public Health’s risk-based guidelines, with public health officials urging people to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people.

Adler said his daughter had originally invited about 100 people to the wedding but disinvited dozens to hold a much smaller gathering.

“It’s a hard thing for a girl to do, but there are girls all over the city that are having to do the same kind of thing, couples all over the city that are having to do the same kind of thing,” Adler said.

When asked why the family didn’t decide to postpone the wedding indefinitely, he said: “We’re not asking people to not get married.”

A few hours after speaking with KUT, Adler released a statement saying he “regrets” his decision to travel.

“I wouldn’t travel now, didn’t over Thanksgiving and won’t over Christmas,” he wrote. “But my fear is that this travel, even having happened during a safer period, could be used by some as justification for risky behavior. In hindsight, and even though it violated no order, it set a bad example for which I apologize.”

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Austin mayor apologizes for urging residents to stay home while on vacation in Mexico

The mayor of Austin, Texas, on Wednesday apologized for attending a wedding and traveling to Mexico for a vacation after urging residents to stay home in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.

“I want you to know that I regret that travel,” Mayor Steve Adler said in a video statement. “I wouldn’t travel now. I didn’t over Thanksgiving, and I won’t over Christmas, and no one should. Everyone should be avoiding non-essential travel now because we are in the orange area.”

Adler, the two-term mayor of Austin, said he attended a small, private wedding for his daughter in November and then traveled with his family to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. In a video filmed from his vacation, Adler urged residents to stay home, citing the rising number of coronavirus cases. “We need to stay home if you can,” he said. “Do everything you can to try to keep the numbers down. This is not the time to relax.”

He first revealed he was on vacation in an interview with the Austin American-Statesman. 

“I recognize that the fact that I took that trip, and at the same time, was continuing to urge people to be cautious is confusing,” Adler said in his apology Wednesday. “I know that others have chosen not to travel under the same circumstances, and I know that in my position, I need to send a clearer message. I’m sorry I took that trip. It was a lapse in judgment, and I want you to know that I apologize.”

Adler said his actions set a “bad example” to the people of Austin but he did not break any established COVID-19 restrictions for the city. At the time, the city was operating under its Stage 3 health recommendations, which urges residents to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people. 

Adler told the Austin American-Statesman that 20 people attended the wedding. He said his daughter originally invited 100 people but disinvited most of the attendees. “It’s a hard thing for a girl to do, but there are girls all over the city that are having to do the same kind of thing, couples all over the city that are having to do the same kind of thing,” Adler said. 

Austin is located in Travis County, where there are currently over 2,600 active virus cases and 222 hospitalizations, according to health officials. More than 486 people have died from the virus there during the pandemic. 

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Mayor of Austin, Texas, apologizes for taking Mexico vacation while urging residents to stay home

The mayor of Austin, Texas, has apologized for traveling to Mexico during the pandemic.

Responding to a story first reported Wednesday in The Austin American-Statesman, the mayor, Steve Adler, admitted he traveled in early November to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico — and while abroad, he even recorded a message urging Austinites to stay home to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

In a video posted online Wednesday, Adler said, “I need to set a clearer example so that my message is unambiguous, and for the failure to do that I sincerely apologize.”

In the message, Adler said that his daughter, “like many other brides,” had to cancel her wedding plans because of public health rules, and “instead she had a small, mostly family, very private wedding.”

“Most importantly, she was happy,” Adler said. “Afterwards, a small, mostly family group traveled to Mexico.”

“I want you to know I regret that travel. I wouldn’t travel now, I didn’t over Thanksgiving, and I wouldn’t over Christmas — and no one should, everyone should be avoiding nonessential travel now because we are in the orange area,” Adler said, referring to the fourth-highest level of the city’s color-coded chart.

Adler worried that his travel, which he said “took place during a safer period,” might “lead to some taking riskier behavior now.”

Adler called his decision to go to Mexico a “bad example” and “confusing” and said he needs “to send a clearer message.”

“I’m sorry I took that trip. It was a lapse in judgment, and I want you to know I apologize,” he said.

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Austin Mayor Steve Adler Apologizes After Telling Residents To Stay Home To Stop COVID-19 Spread As He Left For Mexican Vacation

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A Texas Mayor Urged People To Stay Home, Then Flew To Mexico For Vacation

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After initially saying he didn’t do anything wrong, Steve Adler, the mayor of Austin, Texas, says he now realizes he “set a bad example” by traveling to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for vacation last month.

An Austin American-Statesman story revealed Wednesday that Adler attended an in-person wedding for his daughter in early November and then flew with others to Cabo for a weeklong vacation.

At the same time, Adler was encouraging people to stay home to avoid contracting or spreading COVID-19.

“Not only did we not do anything wrong, we didn’t do anything that abrogated or violated the rules or regulations in the city, or the conduct that we were expecting of others that we also expect of ourselves,” Adler initially told KUT.

Adler confirmed to KUT that 20 people attended the wedding, which was held outside at a hotel and restaurant in Austin. He said people were seated at distanced tables but that not everyone was wearing masks.

At the time of the wedding, which was held in early November, the city and county were under Stage 3 of Austin Public Health’s risk-based guidelines, with public health officials urging people to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people.

Adler said his daughter had originally invited about 100 people to the wedding but disinvited dozens to hold a much smaller gathering.

“It’s a hard thing for a girl to do, but there are girls all over the city that are having to do the same kind of thing, couples all over the city that are having to do the same kind of thing,” Adler said.

When asked why the family didn’t decide to postpone the wedding indefinitely, he said: “We’re not asking people to not get married.”

A few hours after speaking with KUT, Adler released a statement saying he “regrets” his decision to travel.

“I wouldn’t travel now, didn’t over Thanksgiving and won’t over Christmas,” he wrote. “But my fear is that this travel, even having happened during a safer period, could be used by some as justification for risky behavior. In hindsight, and even though it violated no order, it set a bad example for which I apologize.”

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UK nursing home residents may have to travel for vaccine, official says

A British official on Thursday said that some nursing home residents may have to travel to receive the coronavirus vaccine.



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“The [National Health Service], the [Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency] are working really hard, right now, to try and find a solution, so that we can get this into care homes if we possibly can … at this point, there is no absolute assurance of that,” Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van-Tam told ITV’s “This Morning,” according to Reuters.

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The UK on Wednesday became the first country to grant emergency authorization to Pfizer’s vaccine for the virus. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is set to decide on a similar authorization for the drug next week.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned the government is still working out the challenges of distributing the vaccine, which must be stored in extremely cold temperatures. Van-Tam said that the drug can be kept in refrigerator temperatures for up to five days, it cannot be removed from refrigeration and replaced indefinitely.

“One thing we can’t do is … end up with a vaccine that’s been handled incorrectly, and then isn’t properly viable at the end of the distribution chain,” he said, according to the news service.

Nursing home residents and workers are among those the British government has said will take priority in the initial rollout of the vaccine.

NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens added that regulators will need to sign off on splitting the vaccine’s dose packs before they can be delivered to individual facilities.

“If the MHRA … as we expect they will, give approval for a safe way of splitting these packs of 975 doses, then, the good news is that we will be able to start distributing those to care homes,” he said, according to Reuters.

Philipp Rosenbaum, the Senior Infectious Diseases Analyst at data and analytics firm GlobalData, said the UK’s size, health care system and population density, make it an “ideal” test case for distribution.

“If problems do arise, this will not bode well for distribution in countries with longer distances to vaccine distribution centers [or] less-developed infrastructure,” he said.

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Austin mayor tells constituents to stay home — from vacation

Austin’s Democratic mayor has joined the growing list of hypocritical elected officials refusing to follow their own COVID-19 guidance — urging his constituents to “stay home” while on vacation in the Mexican resort town of Cabo San Lucas.

In a Nov. 9 Facebook video message, Austin Mayor Steve Adler told residents in the Lone Star State not to travel amid surging coronavirus infections.

“Our numbers are increasing and everybody has to be aware of that and we need to, you know, stay home if you can,” he said.

“Do everything you can to try to keep the numbers down. This is not the time to relax,” he went on.

But Adler failed to mention that he was dishing out the advice from a vacation in Cabo San Lucas which he travelled to on a private jet, according to a report by ABC affiliate KVUE.

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Adler confirmed to the publication that he was vacationing with eight people in Mexico after hosting his daughter’s wedding in Austin several days earlier and tried to defend the move, saying all of the guests had taken rapid COVID-19 tests.

KVUE reported that Adler’s daughter’s wedding, which was attended by 20 guests, also flouted coronavirus restrictions set by Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott, which stipulated gatherings of more than 10 people be avoided.

In a statement, Adler apologized for setting a “bad example.”

“I regret this travel. I wouldn’t travel now, didn’t over Thanksgiving and won’t over Christmas,” he said.

California’s Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom was also forced to apologize after photos emerged of him enjoying a mask-less dinner with friends at posh Napa Valley restaurant French Laundry.

The dinner for 12 flouted his own coronavirus safety protocols where Newsom lectured Californians to don face masks and not to gather in larger numbers to contain the spread of COVID-19.

On Tuesday, it was revealed that San Francisco Mayor London Breed also dined at French Laundry just three days before banning indoor dining in her own city.

A mask-free House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D. Calif) was also filmed having her hair done in August in spite of local coronavirus rules barring indoor personal-care services.

In a briefing on Wednesday afternoon, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany railed against officials for not following their own advice as many Americans were told to stay home over the Thanksgiving holiday.

“Quite clearly, these Democrats do not follow their own edicts. They act in a way that their own citizens are barred from acting,” McEnany said.

“These images behind me makes clear Democrats’ mindset: ‘Rules for the, but not for me,’” she continued, showing images of Newsom at dinner and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot at a crowded rally celebrating Joe Biden’s election victory.

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