Day: February 14, 2021

Travel restrictions for MLK Day weekend trips: COVID-19 quarantine, testing requirements

The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is upon us, though travel for the long weekend will likely look much different than in years past due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Kansas National Guard members receive vaccine, Gov. Kelly tours distribution site

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – State soldiers are now getting the coronavirus shot. First and second doses of the coronavirus vaccine were given out to Air and Army National Guard members at Forbes Field in Topeka.

This was the second distribution like it. Some people are in phase one, others are in phase two.

Vaccines come from the United State Department of Defense and are not part of the state’s allotment. So far the guard has been given 1,100 vaccines, with more to come. When a member is able to get a shot depends on how critical their mission is.

Kansas Adjutant General David Weishaar said things have looked different during the pandemic for the guard.

“We have not compromised any mission requirements because of COVID. We have compromised some training requirements but it has not impacted our mission negatively,” Weishaar said.

Governor Laura Kelly and Department of Health and Environment

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Travel agents dispute Michael O’Leary’s claim on Ryanair refunds

TRAVEL agents have taken issue with claims by Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary that every customer who has requested a refund has received it.

Mr O’Leary denied there were still delays with refunds for cancelled flights.

Last year there was a storm of protest by the airline’s customers over long delays and difficulties getting money back for flights they did not take.

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Mr O’Leary told RTÉ radio’s Morning Ireland: “Every customer who has requested a refund has received it.

“There are some with vouchers who have the option of a cash refund if they want it – they will receive it within five days. There is no backlog in refunds – all have now been issued.”

But the Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) contradicted this, saying travel agents continue to have problems accessing flight refunds from Ryanair.

It said the issue continues to affect bricks and mortar travel agents

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New talk of Florida travel restrictions by Biden administration stirs pot

The Biden administration is considering whether to impose domestic travel restrictions, including on Florida, over fears that coronavirus mutations are threatening to reverse progress on the pandemic, the Miami Herald reports.

Why it matters: Citing unnamed sources, the Herald reports the new variants worry scientists and have lent urgency to a review of potential travel restrictions within the United States.

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By the numbers: Florida leads the nation with the most cases of the infectious U.K. COVID-19 variant, known as B.1.1.7., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • The state has reported 343 cases — California is second with 156 cases — but the CDC says the number can be deceiving because the data is based on a sampling of COVID specimens, so it’s not a total number of cases.

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