Day: February 11, 2021

When will the hotel quarantine start? Date the announcement of travel rules for red list countries is expected

The Government announced plans to introduce hotel quarantines for international arrivals from a “red list” of 30 countries last week – but hotel industry leaders say they have been “kept in the dark” about how it will actually work.



a sign on the side of a building: The Government plans to introduce hotel quarantine for arrivals from 30 countries (Photo: Getty)


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The Government plans to introduce hotel quarantine for arrivals from 30 countries (Photo: Getty)

Best Western chief executive Rob Paterson told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the chain is “yet to understand exactly what the protocols are required of the hotels”.

He said: “I think in any normal company if you went out and announced a programme nationally, and you hadn’t thought about how you were going to plan that, and you hadn’t spoken to the people involved, I’m not sure I’d have a job if I did that in my company.

“To this day we simply haven’t heard anything.”

He added: “We’ve got all

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Maine CDC director tours Northern Light mass vaccination clinic

Maine’s two mass vaccination sites could vaccinate thousands each day if the federal government could provide that much vaccine, officials said

BANGOR, Maine — Maine Center for Disease Control Director Dr. Nirav Shah toured a mass vaccination clinic at the Cross Insurance Center Saturday and praised Northern Light Health for a “remarkable” operation.

The Bangor clinic and a second operated by MaineHealtth at Scarborough Downs could each vaccinate thousands of people each day if that much vaccine was provided, but Maine has received just more than 20,000 doses at most each week.

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Shah was greeted with applause and thanks as Dr. James Jarvis of Northern Light Health’s incident command walked him through the clinic.

Noting specifically its accessibility, Shah said, “Statewide, we’re trying to make vaccines as available to everybody as we can, and we know that one of the ways

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Travel agents join growing calls for greater financial support amid new restrictions

The travel industry remains one of the Canadian economy’s hardest-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, but over a year after the country’s first cases began appearing, most of its major sectors have received no specialized government support.



a large air plane on a runway: An Air Canada Airbus A320 jet (C-FPDN) takes off from Vancouver International Airport, Richmond, B.C. on Thursday, September 24, 2020.


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An Air Canada Airbus A320 jet (C-FPDN) takes off from Vancouver International Airport, Richmond, B.C. on Thursday, September 24, 2020.

“This is the worst time in airline history, and they’ve laid off over twenty-five, thirty thousand people in Canada — Porter has not flown since last March,” Karl Moore, a professor at McGill University and travel-industry analyst, told Global News.

Moore suggested the major reason Air Canada, WestJet, Sunwing and Air Transat agreed to suspend their flights to many vacation spots was likely to finally win a financial support package from Ottawa.

“For them to do this shows that they are negotiating with the government,” he said.

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