Day: June 15, 2020

Summer visitors to American parks choose safety first over freedom to roam

<span class="caption">Utah's Bryce Canyon National Park hosted more than 2.5 million visitors in 2019.</span> <span class="attribution"><a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="https://unsplash.com/photos/gFtJO8ciK90" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Anqi Lu/Unsplash">Anqi Lu/Unsplash</a>, <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:CC BY">CC BY</a></span>
Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park hosted more than 2.5 million visitors in 2019. Anqi Lu/Unsplash, CC BY

In a typical summer, millions of Americans head outdoors to national parks, hiking trails and rivers across the U.S. This summer, because of COVID-19 precautions, getting outdoors will be different, although how different isn’t certain.

My colleagues and I are part of a research team at Pennsylvania State University that studies outdoor recreation and park management. Our team recently conducted a national survey of more 1,000 outdoor enthusiasts across 47 states with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.

The survey asked several key questions that included how those who use parks were considering a return to outdoor recreation this summer and how parks might be managed for COVID-19 to ensure the safety and security of park users.

The responses to the survey suggested that this summer, we may be entering a

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Video showing lack of social distancing at Universal Orlando sparks concern about theme parks reopening

Universal Orlando reopened in early June and the theme park has already come under fire after suggestions that employees on one ride were not enforcing social distancing.

An account that shares news related to the theme park, called @UniNewsToday, wrote on Twitter over the weekend that “all of the social distancing markers near the load area at Hagrid’s [Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure] are gone. There’s also a Team Member yelling ‘fill in all the available space.’”

The account also shared a video of the staffer encouraging people to crowd together.

People quickly jumped in with their own comments. “Are we not gonna talk about the fact that there’s a blurry spot shaped into a

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Here’s Exactly Where to Buy Face Masks Online

Practicing social distancing and staying home is the best thing you can do to slow the spread of COVID-19, but protests against racial injustice have many taking to the streets—where the six-feet rule can be almost impossible to swing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises you to wear a cloth face covering in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, and with this recommendation, everyone wants to know where to buy face masks. We rounded up some options below—from face masks for kids to breathable face masks and more—and we’ll update this list as companies go in and out of stock.

Cloth face masks don’t guarantee you won’t contract the virus or pass it on, but they’re a public health measure we should all seriously consider, whether you’re protesting or in a city that’s slowly re-opening. If you’re unsure of where to buy face masks

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Alex Howes’ top 10 tips for gravel riding

Alex Howes might be one of the most experienced male road riders in the WorldTour but the US national road race champion is just as comfortable on gravel as he is in the Tour de France mountains.

The versatile 32-year-old has raced a number of high-profile gravel races and, during lockdown, has embarked on some mammoth off-road rides. He has taken his wealth of knowledge to share his top 10 tips for gravel riding. 

Whether you’re a convert from the road or just new to cycling and want to dabble in some gravel, you’ll find useful information right here.

1. Wiggle your big toe

It’s funny because a few weeks ago, after I did my long ride from Colorado to Kansas, my team, EF Pro Cycling, asked me for the first tip or piece of advice that I could offer. I’ll admit, I was pretty exhausted at the time but

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Is It Safe to Buy Booking Holdings (BKNG) Stock Right Now?

Broyhill Asset Management, a boutique investment firm based in North Carolina, released its Q1 2020 Investor letter – a copy of which can be downloaded here. Established as a family office, the company invests with a long-term, objective, and rational perspective. You should check out Broyhill Asset Management’s top 5 stock picks for investors to buy right now, which could be the biggest winners of the stock market crash.

In the said letter, Broyhill Asset Management highlighted a few stocks and Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:BKNG) is one of them. Booking Holdings offers online travel & related services. Year-to-date, Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:BKNG) stock lost 23.1% and on June 12th it had a closing price of $1,623.92. Here is what Broyhill Asset Management said:

“During the quarter, we also built a position in Bookings (BKNG), which we had been watching long before the crisis began. For the past three years, the

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the clearance items to add to your basket

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Today (June 15) marks the day that most shops in the UK can finally reopen after months of closure due to coronavirus.

And while our high street shopping experience will look very different due to social distancing guidelines, it will at least be nice to actually see things before we buy them.

However, there is one thing that we haven’t missed about shopping, and that’s the sales.

Sifting through endless rails, the queues for the tills and the sense of urgency that buzzes around and creates a less than relaxing retail experience; no, we haven’t missed that at all.

Luckily then, we can stick to online shopping when it comes to the sales and there’s

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How hucksters and would-be profiteers invaded California’s online COVID-19 marketplace

In early April, Gov. Gavin Newsom launched a website where people and companies could help California gear up for the coronavirus pandemic.

The portal was designed as a marketplace for middlemen, manufacturers and business giants to pitch deals and donations with the state, which was scrambling to obtain medical supplies to fight COVID-19.

For some, the site was a chance to clear out their closets.

Someone in Los Angeles found seven masks while cleaning out an apartment and asked to donate them. A Santa Rosa resident offered an ice machine, an orthopedic boot and two N95 masks that were leftover from the 2017 wildfires.

“Sorry,” the person said, “that’s all I had left.”

Along with these small gestures, the portal soon became cluttered with hundreds of questionable offers and a dizzying array of sales pitches, a Sacramento Bee review of more than 6,000 submissions found. Hucksters looked to cash-in on

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20 Virtual Summer Camps to Keep Your Child Busy When the Days Are Long

When school lets out for summer, the excitement is palpable…there’s no homework, so much ice cream and, of course, camp! But what to do if Covid-19 has closed down the camps in your neck of the woods? Fear not: There’s a Zoom for that. (And some of them are actually pretty innovative and pretty adept at keeping your children active.) Read on for our roundup of virtual summer camps, which offer something to keep every type of child entertained this (long, long) season.

1. Varsity Tutors

These week-long camp sessions allow parents and kids to test the waters of virtual summer camp before diving into a longer commitment. Varsity Tutors boasts a large staff of expert instructors with experience in a wide range of subjects—ranging from uproarious improv games for little ones to mathematical research for the highschool set—and live, interactive learning (i.e., new summer camp friends) is part of

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Hotels Prep To Reopen In Connecticut

CONNECTICUT — If your favorite Connecticut hotel seems a little less accommodating on your next overnight stay, blame the coronavirus, and the state regulations that are being enforced in its wake.

On June 17, hotels, motels and B&Bs will be joining gyms, indoor recreation and personal services such as tattoo parlors among the business sectors allowed to come back online in Connecticut. Gov. Ned Lamont shuttered them all as part of his “Stay Safe, Stay Home” lockdown begun in March, intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Or almost all. The Ethan Allen on Lake Avenue Extension in Danbury was able to keep its doors open catering to essential workers.

“We mostly did essential workers from Danbury Hospital such as doctors and nurses who lived further away, maybe more than an hour, and they were working 12-hour shifts,” said Kimberly Olson, director of sales and marketing at Ethan Allen.

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A postcard from Amsterdam as Europe reopens its borders

Borders between most EU states, closed for some months because of the Corona crisis, become more porous this morning. Travel is not yet enthusiastically encouraged, but holidaymakers who adhere to local Covid-19 restrictions may gently filter through. What will tentative first visitors find in Amsterdam?

The Netherlands is now in its second phase of lockdown ease. Restaurants and café terraces have re-opened. Schools are back. Museums and theatres are welcoming visitors, and shopping is no longer a nervous dash to stock up on essentials.

But Amsterdammers emerge blinking from lockdown to a different world from the one they shut their doors on three months ago. “It’s life as unusual,” a friend remarked.

Social-distancing regulations – in the Netherlands 1.5 metres – remain in force. Unlike in the UK, Dutch shops were allowed to remain open during lockdown, though many, especially those with an established online presence, chose to close. They

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