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Ireland to phase in EU ‘traffic light’ travel system from Sunday

DUBLIN, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Ireland will start implementing the European Union’s “traffic light” system for non-essential EU travellers such as tourists from Nov. 8, easing some of the bloc’s tightest restrictions, Tourist Minister Eamon Ryan said on Wednesday.

Ireland began allowing quarantine-free access in July from European countries with relatively low numbers of COVID-19 cases, a measure that opened up travel with 15 countries for a short period, although that has fallen to zero in recent weeks as infections across the region rise again.

In line with EU guideline, the so-called “green list” will remain but those arriving from regions designated as “orange” — currently a handful of EU countries — will not need to restrict their movements if they produce a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) result from a test taken up to three days before arrival

The requirement for “red” country arrivals to quarantine for 14 days remains, but the government plans that “within a short number of weeks” this too can be waived following a negative test result taken five days after arrival, Ryan said.

Children under six will be exempt and arrivals will have to pay for their own test, Ryan said, adding that its adaptation of the EU system was similar to Germany and the United Kingdom.

EU nations have been encouraged to apply “proportionate” measures for medium-risk orange and high-risk red zones, such as a quarantine or a test rather than a blanket bar on entry.

A green status under the EU model applies to regions with fewer than 25 cases per 100,000 people in 14 days and where the percentage of positive tests is below 4%. Red means infection rates of 50 or more and positive tests of 4% or higher or infection rates of over 150 even with a low positive test rate.

Ireland’s two main airlines, Ryanair and Aer Lingus , have called on government to apply the EU system. Ryanair will stop serving four of its five Irish airports for four weeks from Nov. 14, it said last week, blaming the existing restrictions.

Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Editing by Kirsten Donovan

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Vacation rental ban continues in Phase One of Florida’s reopening

The statewide ban on vacation rentals will continue in Phase One of Gov. Ron DeSantis‘ plan to reopen Florida.

For more than a month, guests have been unable to schedule vacation rentals through services like Airbnb or HomeAway. And with phase one, starting Monday, that won’t change — at least for another two weeks.

Earlier this month, DeSantis extended the vacation rental ban until Thursday. On Wednesday, the Governor issued a carryover order (Executive Order 20-111) that extends the ban until phase one begins on Monday, and another, 20-112, that carries the order through phase one.

The original order, issued March 27, (Executive Order 20-87) suspended vacation rentals in homes and condominiums. It did not apply to hotels, inns and resorts, and it did not apply to long-term rentals.

Vacation rentals have become popular with tourists and spring breakers, who have drawn DeSantis’ ire throughout the pandemic.

According to the order, “many cases of COVID-19 in Florida have resulted from individuals coming into the state from international travel and other states, posing great risk to Florida residents.”

Additionally, “vacation rentals and third-party platforms advertising vacation rentals in Florida present attractive lodging destinations for individuals coming into Florida.”

However, with spring break come on gone, DeSantis can’t point to college kids crowding beaches and taking body shots for why to close the rentals.

One of the reopening’s tenets calls for preventing new infections from travelers.

The Governor’s Re-Open Florida Task Force report suggests vacation rentals could open in phase two, but only to Florida residents. Anyone traveling internationally or from domestic hot spots couldn’t rent, according to a subsequent suggestion.

President Donald Trump‘s “Opening Up America Again” framework outlines at least two weeks between phases, and DeSantis seems set to follow a similar timeline. On Wednesday, he told reporters the second phase was hopefully weeks rather than months away.

With the Memorial Day weekend less than three weeks away from the beginning of phase one, vacation rentals will likely have limitations if there are not still closed.

As COVID-19 began spreading in the United States, the Governor ordered that people traveling from New York City, New Orleans and the surrounding areas self-isolate for 14 days upon entering the state, which he says reduced the number of plane trips from the New York area. The state also set up highway checkpoints at the border on Interstate 10 and Interstate 95.

Restaurant dining rooms and retail storefronts will be open to customers but limited to 25% capacity under phase one. The first phase also permits outdoor seating at restaurants, as long as tables are spaced 6 feet apart.

VISIT FLORIDA CEO Dana Young, who led the task force’s working group involving tourism, said she hoped Florida residents, who would be more likely to immediately take an in-state trip, could put that industry on a path to recovery.

On Friday, Pensacola-area Republican Matt Gaetz weighed-in on the vacation rental ban during a press conference

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