Recreation

Cruise: River cruises are exempt from FCO travel advice in welcome update | Cruise | Travel

Cruises have been off limits to Britons since earlier this year, and it seems this won’t be changing any time soon. But today the FCO confirmed that a holiday on the water may not be entirely out of bounds. The Foreign Office confirmed that river cruises will not be covered by their current cruise ship travel advice.

The updated advice clearly defines that a cruise ship holiday means “staying overnight for at least one night on a sea-going cruise ship with people from multiple households.”

The FCO website adds: “The Foreign & Commonwealth Office advises against cruise ship travel at this time.

“This is due to the ongoing pandemic and is based on medical advice from Public Health England.”

It continued: “Our advice against cruises applies to international travel on a ship that is exclusively for pleasure or recreation, providing overnight accommodation and other leisure facilities such as entertainment venues

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Bend asking tourists to stay away this summer – News – The Register-Guard

Oregon’s most famous outdoor recreation city is asking visitors to stay away, at least for the moment.

The Bend City Council voted 4-3 last week to reissue a COVID-19 travel advisory asking tourists not to visit the city of 80,000 through Labor Day, and hotels and vacation rentals not to book new reservations.

The city isn’t shutting down business nor imposing new rules or laws that will lead to fines or enforcement, at least not yet, Bend mayor Sally Russell said. They’re simply asking tourists to stay home and encouraging hotels and rentals not to take new reservations.

“If you can hold back on your vacation to Bend, please do,” Russell said. “It will help us keep our businesses open and reopen our schools in the fall. We’re very worried about a spike here and are asking people to help.

“If you do choose to come and vacation here, understand

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Travel Wisconsin: Outdoor Tours – WTMJ

From driving scenic byways to gliding through town on a Segway, we have gathered a few ways to take an outdoor tour of a new city or revisit a family favorite this summer. We want to remind travelers to follow public health guidance this summer and take necessary precautions for safe and responsible recreation.

Great River Road

This National Scenic Byway runs parallel of the Mississippi River for 250 miles through 33 charming riverside communities. Almost two-thirds of the Great River Road runs through or along protected natural areas, offering plenty of scenic spots for hiking, biking, fishing, paddling, birdwatching and other outdoor recreation activities this summer! This unique, create-your-own-adventure type of trip is a great way to explore the West coast of Wisconsin at your own pace. As a heads up, there’s currently a closure for 6 miles from Genoa to Stoddard until November 2020. On the bright side,

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The Next Normal: Utah tourism adapts after COVID-19 hits hard

Moab visitors go on a Moab Adventure Center river rafting tour. (Moab Adventure Center)

Editor’s note: This story is a part of a series that explores the lasting impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and how things have changed on and off campus.

The tourism industry is one of the most lucrative in Utah, with visitors coming from all over the world to experience the state’s natural beauty and outdoor recreation. COVID-19 has hit Utah tourism hard, forcing workers in the industry to find creative ways to adapt.

Vicki Varela, managing director of the Utah Office of Tourism, said Utah tourism — normally a $10 billion industry — will see a serious dip in revenue this year.

“The tourism industry depends on people going places, and nobody has been going anywhere since March,” she said.

International travel bans are a significant contributor to this, Varela said. International visitors make up

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Medford Updates Policies For Wright’s Pond, Tufts Pool

MEDFORD, MA — The Medford Recreation Department announced new regulations for Wright’s Pond and Tufts Pool in August, based on expanded guidance from the state and feedback from residents and staff about pond and pool operations.

Starting in August, the Recreation Department will make the following adjustments:

  • Reservations can be made in two hour time slots (three two-hour time slots will be available for each day). Three blocks of two hours will be available, rather than the current three-hour blocks. This time change will allow us to accommodate more people per day.

  • Capacity at Wright’s Pond will be increased to 60 people per block. This will allow a total of 180 residents each day to access the pond as opposed to the current 100 per day. The pool will also be increased to 40 people per day. In total, 300 people will be able to visit these facilities each day.

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Westport Issues Warning Of Possible Beach Closures This Weekend

WESTPORT, CT — Extreme heat, and possible overcrowded conditions during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, may require the closure of Westport’s beaches this weekend, town officials warned.

“In an abundance of caution and to insure public health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, when the beach reaches a capacity where it is deemed impossible to maintain social distancing, it will be closed to additional beachgoers,” officials said in a statement.

If that happens, incoming traffic will be diverted away from the beach, and drop offs will not be allowed, according to officials.

Closures may occur in mid- to late-morning, but the beach may be reopened later in the day if conditions become safer and social distancing is possible.

“Your anticipated cooperation, patience and understanding with the town staff and police who will be enforcing and maintaining traffic and crowd control during these unprecedented times is appreciated,” said First Selectman Jim Marpe.

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A New Scripted Happy Endings Reunion Is Finally Happening

Some ah-mah-zing news to brighten up your 2020: Happy Endings is finally getting a reunion.

Happy Endings stars Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally, Damon Wayans, Jr., Casey Wilson and a special surprise guest will reunite and perform new scripted material from the writers of the series. The special is titled “And The Pandemmy Goes To…” and it will drop on Sony Pictures Television’s YouTube page. Following the event, there will be a special live fan question and answer session with the cast. Fans can submit their questions using #AskHappyEndings and tag @HappyEndings.

Every (Virtual) Heartwarming Cast Reunion That’s Lifting Our Spirits

The reunion is to raise money and awareness for Color of Change, an online racial justice organization, and José Andrés‘ World Central Kitchen supporting Black Lives Matter and COVID-19 relief efforts.

“For years, the people (and multiple networks) have spoken:

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College students are preparing to return to campus in the fall. Is it worth it?

Every Tuesday and Thursday morning, Gomi Zou signs onto her computer to virtually attend her communications class: a recorded lecture voiced by her professor against the backdrop of a black screen.

“I spend five hours each weekday watching lectures on my computer, which doesn’t include prep and doing assignments for classes,” she said.

Zou, 22, is a senior taking online summer classes at the University of California, Los Angeles, which plans to offer classes in person with the option of remote learning this fall. Along with millions of college students across the United States, she transitioned to online instruction when college campuses closed to curb the spread of the coronavirus back in March.

For students like Zou, taking online classes was a difficult adjustment. Many were devastated to leave campuses prematurely, part ways with friends, and finish the rest of the semester over Zoom calls. Some reported concerns about a

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District To Offer More In-Person, Virtual Programs

WILL COUNTY, IL — As the state moves to Phase 4 of the governor’s Restore Illinois plan amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Forest Preserve District is offering more in-person programs for those who want to venture out, as well as additional online offerings for those who would rather enjoy entertaining and educational nature programs from the comfort of their homes.

Topics range from creatures and history to yoga and fitness. Here are the upcoming in-person and online programs:

In-person programs:

  • “Big Fish Contest,” July 1-Aug. 30 at Monee Reservoir. Bring your catch of the day to the visitor center to have it measured and photographed to be entered into the contest. Prizes valued at $100 will be awarded to biggest bass, catfish and panfish by length. One name will be drawn from all contestants for a grand prize winner. Free; ages 16 or older.

  • “Firefly Hike for Adults,” 8-10 p.m.

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Boat and RV dealers are busier than ever, as pandemic prompts new kinds of recreation

Boat and RV dealers have seen an unprecedented sales boom during the past few months, as people look for ways to cool off and have fun this summer while adhering to COVID-19 social distancing recommendations.

“It’s been record-breaking,” said Bob Bense, the owner of Superior Boat Repair and Sales. “I’ve been in the industry for almost four decades and I’ve never seen anything like it.”

According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, personal watercrafts saw big sales increases this May: up 75 percent compared to 2019. Outboard engine sales also increased. And Discover Boating, an online guide to boat buying, saw a triple-digit jump in consumers searching for boats last month.

“With boating restrictions lifted in all 50 states, and the COVID-19 response dictating where and how far people can travel, the forecast for boating this summer is looking bright,” NMMA representative John-Michael Donahue wrote in an email to The

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