! Murcia Today – Spanish Government Backs Down And Allows Regions To Decide Hospitality Sector Pandemic Restrictions

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Date Published: 10/06/2021

Regional governments may design their own de-escalation policy in bars, restaurants and nightlife venues this summer

The latest coronavirus related row between the central and regional governments of Spain appears to have ended with the Ministry of Health backing down and allowing its regional counterparts the freedom to decide how and when to impose restrictions on the hostelry sector depending on how the pandemic develops over the summer.

The regulations published in the Official State Bulletin on Saturday were to prevent bars and restaurants across the country from serving customers after midnight and to force the closure

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Quebec government offers staycation options in face of ongoing travel restrictions

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The public health restrictions in Quebec are loosening up and while there will soon be a mad dash to gyms, restaurant terrasses and backyard barbecues, summer vacation options are slim pickings.

The U.S.-Canada border is still closed, and there’s no telling when interprovincial crossings will open. Health Canada still says all non-essential travel should be avoided, so planning a staycation — or a “Quebecation,” if you will— appears to be the only sure bet.

The Quebec government wants its residents to have a good time without heading abroad, so it’s offering up discounts on provincial park passes as well as 

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As Restrictions Loosen, Families Travel Far and Spend Big

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Properties that cater to large-scale gatherings are feeling the windfall. At Woodloch, a Pennsylvania family resort in the Pocono Mountains, multigenerational travel has always been their bread and butter. But bookings for 2021 are already outpacing 2019, with 117 reservations currently on the books (2019 saw 162 bookings total). “Demand is stronger than it has ever been,” said Rory O’Fee, Woodloch’s director of marketing.

Salamander Hotels & Resorts, which has five properties in Florida, Virginia, South Carolina and Jamaica, has seen 506 family reunions already booked in 2021, accounting for $2.47 million in revenue. In the full calendar year

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Mexico COVID Travel Restrictions: A State-By-State Guide

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Here’s what each phase generally mandates:

Green: States in the green phase are largely open, with only social distancing and mask requirements in place for public places and at businesses.

Yellow: States designated as yellow have some reduced capacity requirements in place for public spaces that may become crowded: Hotel lobbies, restaurants, beaches, theaters, shops, and tourist attractions must operate at about 70 percent capacity or less (exact limits depend on the state case count), and bars and clubs are closed.

Orange: States categorized as orange have a tighter capacity limits. Hotel lobbies, restaurants, and tourist attractions are limited to

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Air Canada Asks Government To Ease Travel Restrictions After Reporting Q1 Losses Of $1.3B

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Michael Rousseau asks the Canadian government to remove hotel quarantines in his first quarterly conference call since becoming CEO of Air Canada, stating that “The current mandatory hotel quarantine for arrivals has proven ineffective. It should be eliminated.” Air Canada recently reported a first-quarter loss of $1.3 billion. Rousseau went on to say that, “We believe that with a vaccination program now underway nationally, a modified and more relevant approach to testing and quarantine

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Madrid’s champion of soft virus restrictions wins election

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People queue for cast their vote during the regional election for a new regional assembly in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, May 4, 2021. Over 5 million Madrid residents are voting Tuesday for a new regional assembly in an election that tests the depths of resistance to lockdown measures and the divide between left and right-wing parties.(AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

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Madrid’s conservative leader, a champion of relaxed measures against the coronavirus and a scourge of the left-wing central government’s handling of the pandemic, scored a solid win in a regional election Tuesday.

Isabel Díaz Ayuso, who had campaigned under

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