PR Newswire: Trip. com launches COVID-19 international traveler’s guide (PRESS RELEASE). ” In light of the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on international travel, Trip.com today launched the ‘COVID-19 International Traveler’s Guide’, a one-stop information source designed to make planning travel safer and easier in a period of uncertainty.” Am kind of ambivalent about posting this. On one hand I don’t think you should travel if you can possibly avoid it. On the other hand I can imagine scenarios where you can’t avoid it.
The Brussels Times: Coronavirus: 10,000 cultural events cancelled in Belgium. “More than 10,000 events have already been cancelled or postponed in Belgium due to the new coronavirus (Covid-19), Le Soir reported on Friday.”
CNN: Instagram’s CEO is managing one of the world’s biggest social networks from his garage. “For years, Instagram has been synonymous with travel and experiences. Its users fill their feeds with carefully filtered and cropped photos of exotic locations and colorful venues. But now, from his plywood-lined garage, [Adam] Mosseri, Instagram’s CEO, is telling his users to do what he’s doing: stay at home.”
Google Blog: Stay updated on travel advisories and airline policies. “As the spread of COVID-19 continues, we’re seeing more searches for travel-related information—like travel advisories and trip cancellation policies—so we’re making some changes this week to help you find this information faster.”
CBS News: Thousands flock to Florida beaches, ignoring coronavirus concerns. “Thousands of people in Florida are seemingly ignoring social distancing guidelines during the coronavirus outbreak. Despite warnings from public health experts, photos and videos show beaches across the state packed with spring breakers.”
The Verge: Coronavirus screenings force travelers to wait hours in long lines at US airports. “Travelers entering the US from Europe waited for hours in long lines Saturday as new coronavirus screenings led to bottlenecks at major airports, the Washington Post reports. The Trump administration unveiled its new ‘enhanced entry screenings’ on Friday, which route passengers on flights from 26 European countries through 13 US airports, including Chicago’s O’Hare and Dallas-Fort Worth.”
CNET: ACLU sues for records on facial recognition use at airports, border. “The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the Department of Homeland Security, as well as Customs and Border Protection, the Transportation Security Administration, and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement after the agencies failed to provide public records on how they’re using facial recognition at airports and US borders.”