Month: June 2020

Myrtle Beach mayor nixes shutdown as tourist COVID cases increase

As more communities say they have coronavirus cases tied to Grand Strand trips, Myrtle Beach’s mayor called the reports “disheartening” and rejected calls for closing tourist activities.

I think it’s very unfair,” Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune said.

Counties in Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky have publicly announced or confirmed to The Sun News outbreaks after recent travel to Myrtle Beach. While timelines for those outbreaks line to trips to South Carolina, some on Facebook have questioned whether the people were infected during their Myrtle Beach visit or if they picked it up somewhere else.

Coronavirus cases were

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American riders scramble to return to Europe as possible EU travel ban looms

When the US President Donald Trump suddenly announced a ban on travel from Europe in March, American riders in Europe faced a difficult choice: stay put and be forced to ride out the frightening coronavirus pandemic away from family and friends for an undetermined amount of time, or get on the first flight out to the USA. 

Most riders chose the latter and now, with the US falling far behind Europe in controlling the spread of COVID-19, those riders are scrambling to get back to Europe before a decision next week on which nations will be on the EU welcome

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New Yorkers who visit states with high COVID-19 infection rates will be ineligible for sick leave

ALBANY – Don’t go to a state with a high COVID-19, come back to New York and expect to get paid sick leave benefits.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order Saturday that strips the paid sick leave protections for New York employees who voluntarily travel to high-risk states after June 25.

“If we are going to maintain the progress we’ve seen, we need everyone to take personal responsibility,” Cuomo said in a statement.

“That’s why I’m issuing an executive order that says any New York employee who voluntarily travels to a high-risk state will not be eligible for the

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Pence cancels plans to travel to Florida and Arizona as coronavirus cases spike

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence has canceled events in Florida and Arizona as coronavirus cases spike in those states. 

A spokesperson for President Donald Trump’s campaign confirmed to USA TODAY the events, which included stops as part of Pence’s “Faith in America” tour, were canceled “out of an abundance of caution” as cases climb in Florida and Arizona. 

On Tuesday, Pence was scheduled to give remarks at a “Faith in America” event in Tucson and to meet with Gov. Doug Ducey about the COVID-19 response. 

Pence had planned to travel to Florida on July 2 for a bus tour,

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Holiday bookings ‘explode’ as travel restrictions ease

Travel companies say holiday bookings have “exploded” after the government announced current restrictions will be eased.

Ministers said from 6 July, blanket restrictions on non-essential overseas travel will be relaxed in the UK.

Holidaymakers will be allowed to travel to certain European countries without having to spend 14 days in quarantine upon their return.

A spokesperson for TUI said the move was a “hugely positive step forward”.

“We’ve already seen bookings increase by 50% this week, versus last [week], with holidays to Spain and Greece looking the most popular this summer,” said Andrew Flintham, managing director of TUI UK and

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