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California Shuts Down To Ease The Virus Impact PDF Print E-mail

The governor issued an order that encourages seniors and others to stay safe at home. All non-essential retail businesses are to be closed. Still allowed open and functioning include dine-in restaurants, bars and nightclubs, entertainment venues, gyms and fitness studios, public events and gatherings, convention centers.

Additionally, essential services still available include gas stations, pharmacies, grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants, banks, laundromats/laundry services. Also, essential state and local government functions, including law enforcement and offices that provide government programs and services are open. This is now in effect throughout California and in many other states.

Canada-U.S. Border Closed For Non-Essential Travel PDF Print E-mail

President Trump: "We will be, by mutual consent, temporarily closing our northern border with Canada to non-essential traffic. Normal business will not be affected. Details to follow!”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau"I just spoke to President Trump again this morning and we have agreed that both Canada and the United States will temporarily restrict all non-essential travel across the Canada-U.S. border. Travelers won't be permitted to cross the border for recreation and tourism, but essential travel won't stop.”

“Our governments recognize that it is critical we preserve supply chains between both countries," Trudeau said. “They include the passage of food, fuel and medicines to reach people in both countries. Trucking won't be affected” It is reported that Justin’s wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, has coronavirus.

Closing Las Vegas: No Way To Win At Shut-Down Wynn PDF Print E-mail

Among the growing numbers of major closures on the Las Vegas Strip, Wynn Resorts has announced the temporary shut-down of Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Tuesday, March 17 at 6 p.m. The company will pay all full-time Wynn and Encore employees during the closure.

The shut-down is expected to be in effect for two weeks, and then the company will evaluate the situation. A limited number of employees and management will remain at the resort daily to secure and maintain the facility. If you have reservations to any closed-down hotel, check immediately with your agent and/or the hotel about a refund. www.usatoday.com/story/travel/news/2020/03/15/coronavirus-closes-las-vegas-strip-resorts-wynn-encore

California Coronavirus Closings Typical Of Many States PDF Print E-mail

The government shuttered all 5,000 bars and restaurants, affecting nearly $3 billion in business in the state. Some eateries and stores stay open, but only for small groups and to provide take-out business.

Seniors and others with chronic illnesses and weakened health conditions are urged to stay home. They will be provided with meals, medication and other needs by delivery. Younger relatives and friends should limit visits to seniors, including those in hospitals and senior residences. Wherever you are in the U.S., try to confine your contact with grandpa to smartphone and/ or internet.

Brave Wanderer, Check Out Desperate Travel Bargains PDF Print E-mail

To fight against the financial losses caused by the international scare due to coronavirus, many travel-related businesses are making drastic price cuts. First, because of lots of flights taking to the sky with empty seats, airlines are offering prices such as $99 each way from New York Kennedy to London Heathrow.

Also between Australia’s Melbourne and Los Angeles round  trip with United Airlines from $772 per person. Check out a bargain $118 a night at the four-star Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, 31% below the usual price. If you’re brave enough to take that vacation or business journey at bargain rates in this time of mass hysteria, go for it! www.wsj.com/articles/hotels-turn-to-layoffs-room-rate-cuts-as-business-staggers


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