Across southern Europe, in places where tourism drives much of the economy, officials are weighing how to entice travelers to come back, even while the pandemic remains a threat. Juggling the sometimes-competing needs of health and business, authorities are introducing measures to reassure visitors that taking a holiday is safe again.
The state Department of Health is investigating evidence that COVID-19 can cause severe illness in children and has issued an advisory to inform health care providers, along with a list of symptoms for which parents should seek immediate medical care.
The governor announced this week that New York's moratorium on COVID-related residential or commercial evictions will be extended for an additional 60 days until August 20th. He also said the state is banning late payments or fees for missed rent payments during the eviction moratorium, and allowing renters facing financial hardship due to COVID-19 to use their security deposit as payment and repay their security deposit over time.
Late last month, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released proposed regulations governing the state’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, prompting responses from local environmental advocacy groups.
New York Congressmen Thomas Suozzi and Peter King have published a piece in The Hill making the case for federal support for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York’s struggling public transit system.
With far fewer people flying because of travel restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic, airport security screeners are naturally finding fewer guns in carry-on baggage. But the ratio of guns to passengers seeking to board airplanes has jumped sharply. The Transportation Security Administration said Monday that it found 58 guns at checkpoints from March 22 to April 22, compared with 346 guns over the same stretch last year.
The FBI won't give up on "finding out what happened" to former agent Robert Levinson, who the U.S. government believes died in the custody of the Iranians after vanishing more than a decade ago, according to an email FBI Director Chris Wray sent to the FBI workforce on Thursday.
The Trump administration is sticking with its crowd-friendly waiver of entrance fees at national parks during the coronavirus pandemic, as managers at some parks try and fail to keep visitors a safe distance apart and communities appeal for a shutdown at other parks that are still open. While the Interior Department agreed this week to requests from local managers of Yellowstone and some other iconic national parks to close, others remained open and newly free of charge.
The White House is expected to announce that the U.S. will broaden its European travel ban, adding the United Kingdom and Ireland to its list. Under the restrictions, American citizens, green card holders and others are still allowed to return home to the U.S., but will be funneled to 13 airports and be subjected to health screenings and quarantine orders, according to two people familiar with the plan who spoke on condition of anonymity before the official announcement expected Saturday.
Thirteen more cases of novel coronavirus have been confirmed in New York state, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 89 — almost eight times the number of cases that had been confirmed just three days ago.