Need to cancel your holiday travel plans amid COVID? Here’s the latest on changes and refunds

With California’s pandemic policies tightening, COVID-19 cases escalating and vaccines unlikely to reach most people until spring or later, many families are rethinking their holiday travel plans. “It’s time to cancel everything,” L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a news conference Wednesday night.

a group of people standing next to a sign: A flight crew member at LAX on Nov. 23, just ahead of the Thanksgiving travel period. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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A flight crew member at LAX on Nov. 23, just ahead of the Thanksgiving travel period. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of health and human services, said Thursday the state is, in effect, telling, not asking, Californians to stop all nonessential travel. That includes canceling holiday travel plans, Ghaly said. The new requirements, to take effect Friday, were in response to stress on critical care services and hospital intensive care units. Details on how the state would enforce such a broad restriction remained unclear Thursday afternoon.

Here’s a quick look at how airlines,

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Harrisburg’s latest homicide victim remembered for his smile, love of adventure and positivity

The Everson family is far too familiar with loss.

This weekend, 36-year-old Bernard Everson III died in a shooting in Harrisburg. Like his cousin before him, he did not deserve what happened to him, a family member said Wednesday.

“He was the kind of person to bring your flowers while you’re still here,” his cousin, Marcella Everson, said. “To speak positivity into you.”

Everson was shot around 11:45 p.m. in the 2400 block of North Fourth Street on Saturday, according to police. Kenyatta Williams is charged with criminal homicide in connection with the shooting, however, no details have been released other than the two argued prior to the shooting.

To Marcella Everson, her cousin was someone that she grew up with, that was always by her side. She remembered him as someone with the biggest smile, who was always laughing and trying to take care of people and his community.

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Upgrade Your Casino Experience to a Cruise – Ghana Latest Football News, Live Scores, Results

The most popular attractions on a cruise are the onboard casinos. Whenever traveling on a cruise, you can play at the onboard casino or rather play a live casino online when in your cabin or other ship areas. A casino cruise will not disappoint you as it looks the same way as any casino you see on land. Here you will see why going to a casino cruise can be a much better experience than going to normal casinos.

Low Buy-Ins

If you visit any cruise ship, you will notice that they usually offer very low minimums, perfect for low-stakes and casual gamblers. This is because cruise casinos are all about attracting the average punter who may not gamble onshore. Because there are many people onboard a ship, it makes no sense making buy-ins too high.

Minimum Age Required to Gamble Is 18

Unlike the normal casinos where the law

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Arsenal plan to distribute tickets to key workers and fans who have struggled during the pandemic – Ghana Latest Football News, Live Scores, Results

Arsenal are planning to distribute tickets to key workers and fans who have struggled during the pandemic after being given the green light to play in front of supporters.

The Gunners will be allowed 2,000 fans at the Emirates after London was placed in Tier 2 this week.

It will be the first Premier League stadium to welcome back fans when Arsenal face Rapid Vienna in the Europa League on Thursday. And Burnley’s trip to the Emirates next month will be Arsenal’s first home league game with fans.

Spurs confirmed 2,000 fans would be allowed to attend next week’s north London derby with tickets available via a ballot.

Tickets will be split between season ticket holders and corporate fans, though the final breakdown is yet to be confirmed.

The requirement to make tickets available for commercial partners and premium-seat holders is one of the reasons clubs were hoping fans would

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The Latest: Cruise lines seeking volunteers for CDC-ordered ‘test’ voyages

Tens of thousands of cruise enthusiasts have offered to volunteer for “test voyages” that the cruise lines have been ordered to run before they’ll be allowed to resume operations out of United States ports.

And while cruise lines are so far keeping mum about what the actual test cruises will entail, requirements by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control suggest they’re not intended to be fun days at sea.

Still, responses so far show many sea-starved cruise fans are desperate to escape dry land.

Kelli Holder Guffey, one of the fans posting on Royal Caribbean’s volunteer Facebook page, Volunteers of the Seas, said she’d be “happy to be a test cruiser and docking there for a few days. Anything anything on a ship will make me happy.”

More than 100,000 people have clicked a sign-up link posted by Royal Caribbean International last week seeking volunteers for “simulated trial sailings” that

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Canceling holiday flights? These are the latest airline policies.

With the coronavirus surging again in the United States, many people are rethinking their holiday travel plans this year. But one thing making that easier is that airlines have adjusted their cancellation policies to be more flexible (and fee-free) than they were pre-pandemic.

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That means canceling your flights could cost you nothing if you are okay with receiving a credit for future travel. Deadlines to use credits have changed on a rolling basis this year and could continue to update until air travel returns to more normal levels, so check airline websites for the most up-to-date policies. (If you booked with a third-party site, check with that service for its rules.)

Here are the six major U.S. airlines’ current policies for canceling travel because of coronavirus uncertainty.

An interactive guide to traveling safely for the holidays

Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines passengers who cancel flights “due to

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What are the latest travel restrictions in New England?

Public health officials are encouraging people to stay home for the holidays, but inevitably some people are pondering travel. Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19, and if you must venture out, they recommend that you get a flu shot, bring along extra masks and hand sanitizer, and be aware of the latest travel restrictions. Here are some of the latest requirements that are in place in New England.

Maine: Starting Nov. 16, people traveling from Massachusetts to Maine must either quarantine for 14 days or receive a negative COVID-19 test with a sample taken no longer than 72 hours before their arrival.

New Hampshire: People traveling to New Hampshire from surrounding New England States (Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island) no longer have to self-quarantine. Those traveling to New Hampshire from non-New England states for an

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The CDC’s latest travel guidelines, explained

The world is full of uncertainty these days. But if your family is thinking about gathering for the holidays with friends or relatives, these answers to common questions might help you stay safe.

a glass of wine: (Ross May / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)

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They’re from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but we’ve paraphrased them in plainer English.

  • What is the COVID-19 level in your community? The infection level will shape the overall risk level of your gathering.

  • Where are you gathering? Indoors is riskier than outdoors; indoors with poor air circulation is worst of all.

  • What’s the duration of your gathering? Long ones are riskier than short ones.

  • How many guests are you expecting? The fewer the people, the safer the event. Many jurisdictions have limits on how many people may gather in public.
  • Where are your guests from? “Gatherings with attendees who

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What’s Open? The Latest November 2020 Travel Restrictions

It’s mid-November, and Thanksgiving is almost here. Before you hit the road, it’s a good idea to check the weather and the latest coronavirus travel restrictions. States across the country are clamping down, but escaping to a warmer climate is still possible.

New York Travel Restrictions

New York State continues to have some of the strictest restrictions in the mainland United States. In addition to completing a Traveler Health Form upon arrival, incoming travelers will need to take a mandatory test or quarantine for 14

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The latest adventure for ‘hotshot’ at Upstate Medical: Pfizer’s Covid breakthrough

Syracuse, N.Y. – Stephen Thomas was in the U.S. Army training to be a cancer doctor in 1998 when a trip to Thailand changed the trajectory of his career.

Thomas was sent to Thailand for a month to work with doctors and researchers developing vaccines for dengue fever and other potentially deadly viruses.

At an Army research lab in Bangkok, he met some of the vaccine world’s leading scientists. He visited an Army field site where clinical trials involving thousands of children led to the development of vaccines for hepatitis A and Japanese encephalitis. Thomas was so impressed that within three days he decided to specialize in infectious disease and vaccine development.

“It was a seminal moment in my life,” says Thomas, chief of infectious disease at Upstate Medical University.

Twenty-two years later, another big moment is approaching for Thomas in Syracuse.

He was recently tapped to be the lead

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