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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Ex-Hong Kong lawmaker goes into exile, plans to travel to UK

COPENHAGEN (AP) — A Hong Kong pro-democracy activist and former lawmaker who is visiting Denmark said Thursday he is going into exile and will soon move to Britain.

“I hereby announce that I will go into exile and will withdraw my membership in the Democratic Party of Hong Kong to leave Hong Kong,” Ted Hui said in a statement to The Associated Press. “There is no word to explain my pain and it’s hard to hold back tears.”

It was not clear when he would travel to Britain which, in response to a crackdown on opposition in Hong Kong, has extended residency rights for up to 3 million Hong Kongers eligible for British National Overseas passports, allowing them to live and work there for five years.

“My personal determination is that my exile will not be a migration. My only home is Hong Kong which is why I will not

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Road and rail works curtailed to aid UK Christmas travel plans

Some Christmas rail engineering works will start later and hundreds of miles of roadworks will be paused to minimise possible disruption during the UK’s 23-27 December travel window, the government has announced.

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However, ministers have decided not to cancel long-planned works, with advance bookings and polling suggesting that festive travel will remain subdued on rail and road.

Announcing the measures, transport secretary Grant Shapps said the government was “working with transport operators to help people see their loved ones safely.”

The biggest work, the closure of the East Coast main line between London and Scotland, will start later to allow for some train services in and out of Kings Cross on Christmas Eve. But it will remain closed for the remainder of the five days when the government and devolved administrations are easing Covid-19 restrictions to allow up to three households to

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Global Camping Headlight Market 2020 Key Performance, Top Players, Segmentation, Future Plans and Forecast to 2025

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CDC: Add COVID Testing to Your Holiday Travel Plans

Stay home this holiday season, but if you must travel, get tested both before and after your trip, CDC officials said at a news conference on Wednesday.

People who insist on traveling should be tested for SARS-CoV-2 with a “viral test” 1-3 days before travel, and 3-5 days after travel. After traveling, people should avoid “non-essential activities” for 7 days.

If someone does not get tested before or after traveling, they should avoid “non-essential activities” for 10 days, CDC officials said. Better yet: just don’t go anywhere.

“Cases are rising, hospitalizations are increasing, deaths are increasing. We need to try to bend the curve to stop this exponential increase,” said Henry Walke, MD, CDC’s COVID-19 incident manager. “Testing does not eliminate all risk, but it does make travel safer.”

Cindy Friedman, MD, chief of CDC’s Traveler’s Health Branch, said travel volume was high during Thanksgiving, and that even a few

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Leeds United announce plans to rollover season tickets to 2021-22

Leeds United are to roll season ticket credits to next season.

ROLLOVERS: Leeds United have announced how they plan to deal with season ticket holders
ROLLOVERS: Leeds United have announced how they plan to deal with season ticket holders

It means supporters will be able to top up their 2021-22 season ticket by just paying for the number of games they are unable to attend in this campaign.

Whites games will remain behind closed doors whilst the city is in Tier 3 Coronavirus restrictions, but the hope is that at some point they will be able to come out and allow a limited number of home fans to attend Elland Road games. When they do, existing season ticket holders will be given priority.

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The aim is for all season ticket holders to be allowed to attend a similar number of games, and friends

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Opinion | Cancel your winter holiday travel plans now

So there’s no reason to wait to issue a warning. Before Thanksgiving, covid-19 infections were already spreading explosively. One in five hospitals reported that they were facing a critical shortage of workers. The coronavirus surged after Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day, and after an estimated 50 million people traveled for the holiday, the same will certainly be true of Thanksgiving. With most of the country engulfed in coronavirus infections, chances are high that many of those who participated in indoor get-togethers will contract covid-19 and return home to seed it in their communities.

Health-care systems are stretched to their limits, with beds becoming scarce and some hospitals beginning to ration care. Deaths nationally could reach more than 4,000 a day. We have no option but to take drastic steps to “flatten the curve” once again.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention waited until one week

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Concern grows over plans for vaccine passports


Concerns have been raised over the issuing of ‘Covid passports’ to allow people to travel, with a UK travel operator saying that it could amount to “coercion”.

The Telegraph revealed that Britons who have been inoculated against coronavirus could have their passports stamped to show they have had the vaccine – enabling them to travel freely once again.

This, or a similar scheme, has been labelled a “necessity” by the head of Australian airline Qantas for international visitors, prompting Tradewinds Travel to pull all flights with the airline. Korean Air and Air New Zealand also echoed a similar position.

“We feel that bodily autonomy with regard to medical intervention is a personal choice and not something to be forced onto people by businesses,” Tradewinds said in a tweet. “We are not anti-vaccination but we are pro-choice. There is a huge difference between coercion and making a free choice.”


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Frank Warren reveals plans for fans at Anthony Yarde fight with free tickets for key workers and Chelsea Pensioners

BOXING promoter Frank Warren says NHS workers and retired soldiers will fill the seats for Anthony Yarde’s Commonwealth title fight against Lyndon Arthur.

The two Brits will clash on December 5 at Church House in Westminster, London.

Frank Warren is giving NHS workers and retired soldiers free tickets to watch Anthony Yarde in action


Frank Warren is giving NHS workers and retired soldiers free tickets to watch Anthony Yarde in actionCredit: Reuters

With limited crowds allowed back for live sport in the capital, there will finally be people at the venue to roar the boxers on.

But Warren has decided NOT to cash in on the event, and will offer tickets free of charge to pillars of the community.

The 68-year-old explained to iFL TV: “We are going to have fans there, but we’re not going to sell tickets.

“What we’re going to do is give the tickets to the care workers, the ones that worked hard, the care workers.

“I’m also inviting the Chelsea

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New road and rail plans for Christmas travel spike

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Road and rail networks are facing changes as the government prepares for a spike in travel when Covid restrictions are eased over Christmas.

Across the UK, up to three households will be allowed to stay together in a “Christmas bubble” from 23-27 December.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said 500 miles of roadworks have been cleared on motorways and A-roads to ease any congestion.

And, he added, there are plans to run longer trains on the rail network.

Mr Shapps said that rules may also be eased to allow more types of coaches to run.

“We recognise that people will want to be with their friends and family over Christmas,” he said. “For those that choose to form a Christmas bubble, we’re lifting travel restrictions across the UK for five days.”

Further details will be published next week, once the picture on passenger demand is clearer.

The government

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