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CDC Issues New Highest-Level Travel Warnings for Multiple Nations Worldwide

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In addition to previously-issues advisories against travel to China, South Korea, Malaysia, Iran, Europe, the United Kingdom and Ireland, over the past four days, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has expanded its list of Level-3 COVID-19.”

A Level-3 Travel Advisory is the CDC’s highest alert level, warning Americans to “Avoid Nonessential Travel”.

“Widespread ongoing transmission means that people have been infected with the virus, but how or where they became infected is not known, and virus transmission is ongoing in many communities across a country or region,” the notices clarify.

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Over the weekend, new Level-3 warnings were issued against travel to Australia, Canada, Brazil, Israel and Japan. Yesterday, Chile, Pakistan, Thailand and Turkey were added to the list. Then, just today, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa also joined the ranks.

The CDC recommends that those who have spent time in any of these countries within the past fourteen days should stay at home to monitor their health and practice social distancing for a further fourteen days following their return. In these travel notices, the CDC explains, “Social distancing means staying out of crowded places, avoiding group gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately six feet or two meters) from others when possible.”

There is now evidence of sustained transmission of the COVID-19 virus on six continents, with the novel coronavirus having been detected in at least 166 countries. As of this morning, the coronavirus pandemic has seen 382,000 become infected worldwide, with at least 16,890 having died from the most serious effects of the disease, according to the New York Times’ database and its official coronavirus-maps.html” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer”>tracking website.

For more information, visit cdc.gov/travel/notices/.

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WTTC Unveils Safe Travels Protocols for Airlines, Tour Operators and More

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The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has unveiled a new round of safety measures aimed at airlines, airports, tour operators and meeting and event organizers in an effort to propel the post-COVID-19 recovery.

WTTC previously released its Safe Travels protocols for the hospitality sector as well as outdoor retail businesses.

Developed following close consultation with WTTC members such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Emirates Group and Etihad, among others, guidance for the aviation industry includes enhanced cleaning procedures, personal protective equipment (PPE) and retraining for staff, signage to limit interaction and queuing at touchpoints and the implementation of more contactless processes.

WTTC is also recommending that airlines limit movement within the cabin as much as possible by boarding passengers from the back of the plane to the front and from the window seats out to the aisle seats.

“COVID-19 is a gamechanger for the travel and tourism sector, requiring us to enhance our approach to health and safety to protect our travelers and workforce,” said Alexandre de Juniac, Director General and CEO at IATA, in a statement. “Aviation is the business of freedom and it is vital to enable its restart on a safe basis. IATA is delighted to lend its framework and collaborate with WTTC on the Aviation Protocols as part of its Safe Travels initiative. This is an excellent example of the industry solidarity and cooperation that will be so vital to ensuring a strong recovery for travel and tourism.”

Meanwhile, tour operators are being asked to enhance disinfection and deep cleaning practices for coaches and other vehicles as well as to roll out pre-allocated seating plans with no rotation and explore staggered timing for access to venues, hotels and restaurants, among other measures.

Convention centers and meetings and event organizers are encouraged to implement physical distancing, reduce venue capacity limits, consider pre-arrival risk assessment questionnaires for participants and create isolation units outside the venue where possible for anyone showing COVID-19 symptoms.

“For the first time ever, the global private sector has rallied around our Safe Travels protocols which will create the consistency needed to allow a re-invigorated Travel & Tourism sector re-open for business,” stated WTTC President & CEO, Gloria Guevara. “Among the most important of these measures are those which will enable the aviation sector to take-off. Aviation’s return is critical to help repower the global economic recovery.”

“WTTC aviation protocols were created in close collaboration with ACI and IATA. We thank them and their leaders Angela Gittens and Alexandre de Juniac for their guidance, as it is vital we restore consumer confidence to get people traveling and flying safely,” she added. “The expertise from large and small tour operators contributed to define the new experience via tour operators and visiting event venues again, and were defined in the coordination of experts from this segment, through these robust global measures which have been embraced by businesses around the world.”

Visit WTTC.org to view a complete breakdown of the latest Safe Travels global protocols.

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