COVID19

COVID-19 travel restrictions by state: See testing, quarantine requirements

The U.S. is still setting new COVID-19 death records, even as vaccines are rolling out across the country. And approximately 1 in every 15 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus that cause COVID-19 as of Saturday evening, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. surpassed more than 22 million cases Saturday.

With those grim stats in mind, many states are still imposing stay-at-home orders and travel restrictions.

Some states are discouraging interstate travel by requiring or recommending that visitors and residents returning from other states quarantine. Others allow visitors to present a recent, negative coronavirus test in lieu of the quarantine. A few also require travelers to fill out health questionnaires when they arrive.

Some counties or municipalities have issued similar advice to travelers, so anyone looking to go on a road trip or take a vacation should check government websites for their destination and anywhere

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Some hotels, rentals bend California COVID-19 travel rules

Confused about whether it’s OK to stay in a hotel or vacation rental under California’s stricter stay-home rules? You aren’t alone.

Our unscientific survey of more than 50 hotels, motels and other lodgings showed widely mixed results, with the order garnering stronger allegiance in Northern California, weaker in Southern California.

The governor’s Dec. 3 order said lodgings in high-COVID areas of the state are open only to “essential workers” or people who must quarantine, not to vacationers. Still, many lodgings are leaving travelers to make their own decisions. And many travelers continue to scratch their heads or look for loopholes.

“Right now it’s very much the honor system,” California Hotel & Lodging Assn. spokesman Peter Hillan said of the order, which will last at least until Dec. 27 in Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley and several days longer in other areas.

“We have work to do,” Gov. Gavin

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As Layoffs Surge, Airbnb, DoorDash Raise Billions with IPOs for Life After COVID-19

Leisure travel and “order-in” dining are very different markets, but as end to the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be in sight, Airbnb and DoorDash are looking to expand by issuing IPOs.

The IPOs for both companies hit the market as the Labor Department announced that a seasonally adjusted figure of 853,000 Americans filed for unemployment last week for the first time, the largest number since mid-September. Current jobless claims rose to 5.8 million, the first rise in those figures since late August. Overall unemployment declined slightly in October to 6.7%.

But Airbnb and DoorDash are betting on better times ahead.

DoorDash, a food delivery service, rode that trend to a strong IPO Wednesday after state officials closed restaurants last spring as part of the effort to curb spread of COVID-19, forcing an increasing number of people to eat meals at home.

“The pandemic-fueled rally in DoorDash is here to stay

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Revenge travel picks up in India; resorts, hotels beat some COVID-19 blues



a group of palm trees next to a body of water: Revenge travel picks up in India; resorts, hotels beat some COVID-19 blues


© Swaraj Baggonkar
Revenge travel picks up in India; resorts, hotels beat some COVID-19 blues

A 10-minute-long discussion on a WhatsApp video call, and, two days later, Mumbai-based college student Siddharth Shetty and four of his friends steered their Maruti Suzuki Swift towards Goa.

Passing through the lush green forests and overflowing rivers of the Western Ghats, the fivesome checked into two standard double rooms of Double Tree by Hilton in Goa’s capital Panaji at the end of the 12-hour drive.

“Being at home, we could not take it anymore. This holiday break meant to us more than all our holidays put together, and we are having the best time of 2020,” Shetty said on a phone call.

Nineteen-year-old Shetty is one among several thousand Indian travellers who have not let go of the chance to head out for an unplanned holiday as soon as the ‘unlocking’ phase started, allowing

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