Ben Fyffe talks about leading El Paso museums, recreation departments during COVID-19

Ben Fyffe, who has been with the city for 19 years, has been named the city’s director of cultural affairs and recreation.



Fyffe, 42, will lead and oversee the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department and the Parks and Recreation Department.

Fyffe has extensive leadership experience, from first working at the El Paso Museum of Art in a variety of positions and being assistant director of Museums and Cultural Affairs to serving as interim director of the Parks and Recreation Department in February this year. He is the first native El Pasoan to lead the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department.

a person wearing a suit and tie: Ben Fyffe has been named the city's director of the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department and the Parks and Recreation Department.

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Ben Fyffe has been named the city’s director of the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department and the Parks and Recreation Department.

Fyffe’s new position comes at an unprecedented time when two of the city’s quality of life departments have been affected and unable to

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Everything you need to know about this summer’s COVID-19 travel bans | Travel Troubleshooter

Everyone wants to know where they can — and can’t — go this summer. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a list with everything you need to know about this summer’s travel bans?

Well, ahem, now there is.

This sure is an upside-down summer, isn’t it? Recently, I did something I thought I would never do: I wrote a column in USA Today urging people to cancel their summer vacations. All of them. But people still have travel plans, and travel questions. How did you find out about the bans? Can you get around the bans — and should you try? And what steps should you take if your travel is banned?

“Travelers should be aware of travel restrictions when planning summer travel,” says Jaimie Meyer, a Yale Medicine infectious disease specialist. “While the E.U. may be barring U.S. citizens from entering while there is ongoing high-level disease transmission

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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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The COVID-19 pandemic affects the future of Gen Z travel

Clarissa Fisher, 23, is nowhere near ready to hop on a plane. She used to fly regularly to visit her boyfriend in the U.K.

“This past week, I have seen so many people return to their normal activities like nothing has happened,” says Fisher of  Frankfort, Kentucky. “This scares me and has made me reconsider my travel plans for the remainder of this year and possibly the next. I’m afraid to board a plane, knowing that I might step off infected. Being trapped in a small space with a large amount of strangers for several hours is a pandemic nightmare scenario.” 

Like others in her generation, she’s grown up with crisis after crisis: From 9/11 to devastating school shootings to COVID-19, this generation, born after 1996, is used to living in dangerous times. This generation is primed to handle crisis after crisis and will adapt to extra safety precautions.


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L.A. falls far short of COVID-19 promise to house 15,000 homeless people in hotels

Wendy Brown enters her room at the Cadillac Hotel in Venice on June 1 as part of Project Roomkey. <span class="copyright">(Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)</span>
Wendy Brown enters her room at the Cadillac Hotel in Venice on June 1 as part of Project Roomkey. (Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)

An ambitious Los Angeles County plan to lease hotel and motel rooms for 15,000 medically vulnerable homeless people is falling far short of its goal and may never provide rooms for more than a third of the intended population.

Project Roomkey has given safe haven to thousands of those it has housed. But as it enters its fourth month, negotiators have secured only 3,601 rooms. That’s only a fourth of the number needed to house all those who are eligible.

As a result, homeless officials are now changing course, saying they will continue working to find permanent housing for all those eligible, whether they first move into hotel rooms or remain on the street.

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority is scheduled to submit a plan to

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Bahamas reverses itself, will require COVID-19 test for tourists after July 1.

The Bahamas has reversed itself on COVID-19 tests for tourists.

After announcing that foreign visitors and Bahamians returning home will not need to obtain a negative COVID-19 test when the country reopens on July 1 to international commercial flights, Tourism and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar told Parliament Wednesday that a negative test will now be required.

Last week Dr. Duane Sands, the former health minister who resigned amid the pandemic after a public quarrel with the prime minister, warned fellow lawmakers the country was taking chances by not expanding testing for the disease caused by the coronavirus. The country has registered 104 positive cases, of whom 72 have recovered and 11 have died.

“There has been much concern expressed about the re-opening of the country to foreign visitors — allowing them and Bahamians returning home, after 1 July, to enter the country without, I repeat without, some form of testing

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These Massage Therapists Worry About the Effects of COVID-19 on the Future of Their Industry

While the pandemic has been difficult for many, for those who are in the business of touch, the pain of social distancing has cut a level deeper. Relying entirely on in-person, hands-on services, massage therapists saw their business wiped out entirely in the blink of an eye when social distancing became a nearly ubiquitous mandate.

While their business has been on ice, some massage therapists have already pivoted to new ventures, while others are holding the line until they can return to what they know best. Areefa Mohamed, a New York City-based massage therapist who has been practicing for 10 years now, relates all too well. She’s found herself completely out of work since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. “COVID-19 has affected me as a therapist because we are not physically able to help clients or to physically work. It’s a scary time and not being able to alleviate

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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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COVID-19 Impact Analysis And Predictive Business Strategy By Top Companies

Pune, Maharashtra, Prudour Pvt. Ltd., April 23, 2020 (Wired Release) MarketResearch.Biz has presented a new research study offering a comprehensive analysis of the Global Adventure Tourism Market where users can benefit from a complete market research report with all the necessary useful information on this market. This is the latest report covering the current impact of COVID-19 on the market.

Click here to get the short-term and long-term impact of COVID-19 on this Market:

Key Highlights of This Research Report:

Overview: Along with a broad overview of the global Adventure Tourism Market, this section gives an overview of the report to give an idea of the nature and content of the research study.

Analysis of Strategies of Leading Players: Market players can use this analysis to gain a competitive advantage over their competitors in the Adventure Tourism Market.

Study on Key Market Trends: This section of the report offers

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Myrtle Beach, Horry County start to reopen for business and recreation despite COVID-19

The Myrtle Beach area started to see signs of normalcy with increased beach access and more retail stores opening despite the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

“This is a very trying time for our city, but we can reopen so we did, but we’re on edge and trying to be extra, extra careful,” said Jim Huntley, owner of Treasures Fine Jewelers in Myrtle Beach.

During the past week, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster allowed public access to beaches — with local approval — and the reopening of some retail. The shops allowed to open included jewelers, florists, furniture stores.

They were all ordered closed weeks ago to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

The ease of some restrictions did not mean the complete reopening of the area as the state’s “work or home” order remained in place. Hotels and short-term rentals are also closed throughout the Grand Strand.

Horry County continued

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