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Real ID Deadline Postponed Due to Coronavirus



United States President Donald Trump announced Monday the deadline to get Real IDs has been postponed.

According to the coronavirus-outbreak/ar-BB11Bz9c” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer”>Washington Examiner, President Trump announced during a White House briefing the coronavirus outbreak has resulted in unexpected delays, which has caused his administration to push back the October 1 deadline.

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President Trump said a new deadline date would be announced “very soon.”

The decision was made as a result of the social distancing recommendations in place, which would cause problems for travelers arriving at any department of motor vehicle facilities that remained open to obtain the new identification.

“At a time when we’re asking Americans to maintain social distancing, we do not want to require people to go with their local DMV,” President Trump said during the press conference.

Even before the coronavirus outbreak, lawmakers were calling for a delay in the deadline for travelers to obtain the credentials needed to board domestic flights due to concerns that not enough travelers signed up.

A letter sent by Homeland Security to the House Transportation Committee in February showed that only 34 percent of the 276 million ID holders had been issued new compliant driver’s licenses and ID cards.

Add in the government’s inability to process Real ID applications due to closures and restrictions put in place to combat the viral outbreak, and the postponement of the deadline was inevitable.

“We are pleased that the federal administration has readily agreed to the governors’ request to extend the REAL ID deadline,” Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement. “This will help contribute to our efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, and avoid major confusion for the states.”

Last week, multiple states called on the federal government to postpone the enforcement date.

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



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

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