Pentagon Announces 60-Day Travel Restrictions Due to Coronavirus


KRISTINA WONG 12 Mar 202066

Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced on Wednesday evening new travel restrictions for 60 days for troops, civilians, and families traveling to and from Level 3 countries, due to the coronavirus epidemic.

Effective March 13, the changes mean defense personnel traveling to, from, or through these countries must halt movement for 60 days. This includes travel due to Permanent Change of Station (PCS), temporary duty, and government-funded leave. For military personnel, this includes personal leave and other non-official travel.

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Esper said in a statement:

The Department of Defense’s top priority remains the protection and welfare of our people. While directing this prudent action, I continue to delegate all necessary authority to commanders to make further decisions based on their assessments to protect their people and ensure mission readiness. While we deal with this fluid and evolving situation, I remain confident in our ability to protect our service members, civilians and families.


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Passengers from the Grand Princess, a cruise ship carrying multiple people who have tested positive for COVID-19, exit a bus before boarding a chartered plane in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, March 10, 2020. The passengers on the flight are going to San Antonio to be quarantined at Lackland Air Force Base.

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  • Americans could face jail time, criminal charges, and fines if they break quarantine or isolation, according to the CDC.  
  • Federal, local, and state health officials have quarantine and isolation enforcement power within state borders. 
  • While lawful quarantine and isolation measures can be implemented, they are rarely enforced.
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Around the United States, people are being told to go into quarantine to help halt the spread of the novel coronavirus.

It’s a new experience. If a state tells you to enter quarantine, what will happen if you don’t? The father of a coronavirus patient in Missouri apparently broke the family’s quarantine to take his other daughter to a school dance, leading officials to warn that they could be quarantined “by the force of law.”

It’s not an idle threat. Depending on state and local statutes, individuals could face fines, criminal charges, and even jail time for breaking quarantines.

There’s a difference between “self-quarantine” and a legally enforced quarantine order

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Workers in protective clothing wait for passengers from the Grand Princess, a cruise ship carrying multiple people who have tested positive for COVID-19, to board a chartered plane in Oakland, Calif.
Workers in protective clothing wait for passengers from the Grand Princess, a cruise ship carrying multiple people who have tested positive for COVID-19, to board a chartered plane in Oakland, Calif.
Workers in protective clothing wait for passengers from the Grand Princess, a cruise ship carrying multiple people who have tested positive for COVID-19, to board a chartered plane in Oakland, California.
Workers in protective clothing wait for passengers from the Grand Princess, a cruise ship carrying multiple people who have tested positive for COVID-19, to board a chartered plane in Oakland, California.


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Wynn Resorts uses thermal cameras to screen guests, 100.4 degrees or higher asked to leave

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LAS VEGAS – In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Wynn Resorts is using thermal cameras to monitor the temperatures of guests.

“We will be screening for temperature using non-invasive thermal cameras at all our entrances,” Wynn CEO Matt Maddox said in a statement about new company policies in response to the intensifying spread of COVID- 19.

The USA TODAY Network asked the company how it will use temperature readings:

“Any person registering a temperature of 100.4F or higher will be discreetly informed by a trained member of the security team and not be permitted to remain inside the resort,” a company statement said. 

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Customs agent took nearly 18 kilos of cocaine to Atlanta airport, feds say

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A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer tasked with intercepting drugs was indicted on federal charges after authorities found nearly 18 kilograms of cocaine in his carry-on luggage at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, prosecutors said.

Ivan Van Beverhoudt, who was stationed in the U.S. Virgin Islands, was arrested in January after stopping in Atlanta on his way to Baltimore, the Department of Justice said Tuesday in a news release.

At the time, the 40-year-old was carrying his government-issued weapon, which allowed him to bypass normal airport screening, authorities said. When he landed in Atlanta, CPB officers inspected the passengers on his flight with a K-9 unit. The dog alerted its handler to Van Beverhoudt’s two carry-on bags. 

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These parents are still sending their college daughter on a booze cruise, because alcohol will ‘ward off’ germs and coronavirus


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Nicole Lyn Pesce MarketWatch March 11, 2020, 2:04 PM CDT

All aboard the S.S. Denial.

The U.S. State Department has warned travelers — and the elderly and those with underlying health issues in particular — to avoid cruises during the coronavirus outbreak. And the news has been flooded with cautionary tales of passengers quarantined on ships such as the Carnival-owned CCL, -9.45% Diamond Princess and Grand Princess after passengers became sick with the novel coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 illness. 

But that hasn’t discouraged some people from charging full speed ahead toward the cruises on which they’d booked passage before the outbreak went global — including a few who spoke to the Daily Beast. And one set of parents has left Twitter TWTR, -8.77% reeling. 

James and Kim Simon said that they are not pulling the plug on their college daughter’s plans to sail away on a Royal Caribbean RCL, -14.12% cruise with a dozen friends for spring break this week. And here’s their stated reasoning, per the Daily Beast’s reporting:

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‘Never seen anything like this’: Bookings for overseas flights from US plummet

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Bookings for international flights departing the U.S. suffered another steep decline over the past week, as would-be passengers concerned about COVID-19 shied away from travel commitments. 

ForwardKeys, a data firm that tracks more than 17 million business and leisure bookings each day, exclusively told Yahoo Finance’s “On The Move” on Wednesday that U.S. international bookings dropped 36.5% year-over-year for the period of January 20 to March 8.

Most strikingly, in the week of March 2, cancellations for international flights departing from the U.S. outpaced bookings, according to Olivier Ponti, Vice President for ForwardKeys Insights.

“Let’s be clear about this. We’ve never seen anything like this before. This is unprecedented and it’s going extremely, extremely fast,” Ponti said. “The situation is changing at a very fast pace.”

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A Boeing employee has tested positive for coronavirus in Washington


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  • A Boeing employee in Washington has tested positive for the coronavirus, the company said late Monday. 
  • Coworkers of the affected employee have been asked to self-quarantine and monitor for any symptoms, Boeing said. 
  • Any other workers who are able to telecommute have also been asked to work from home.

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Delta cutting international and domestic flights due to coronavirus


By David Allison  – Editor, Atlanta Business Chronicle 8 hours ago

Delta Air Lines is cutting its international flight capacity by 20 to 25 percent and its domestic U.S. flight capacity by 10 to 15 percent as coronavirus fears keep travelers at home.

“In the weeks since COVID-19 emerged, Delta people have risen to the challenge, taking every possible action to take care of and protect our customers during a stressful time,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian in a statement. “As the virus has spread, we have seen a decline in demand across all entities, and we are taking decisive action to also protect Delta’s financial position. As a result, we have made the difficult, but necessary decision to immediately reduce capacity and are implementing cost reductions and cash flow initiatives across the organization.”

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4 more possible coronavirus cases as Ga. set to quarantine cruise passengers


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Sunday began and ended with coronavirus alerts from Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp. 

More than two dozen Georgians aboard a cruise ship quarantined due to coronavirus will be transferred to an air reserve base in Marietta, the governor’s office announced a little after 9 a.m. 

At 10:16 p.m. came word of four possible new cases.

“The Georgia Department of Public Health is awaiting confirmatory testing on four new presumptive positive tests for COVID-19 in Georgia residents,” the Sunday night news release said. “Testing was completed today at the Georgia Public Health Laboratory and the results have been submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for verification.”

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MULTIPLE LAS VEGAS EVENTS CANCEL AMID CORONAVIRUS SPREAD


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Hundreds of events worldwide have been cancelled in order to prevent the spread of covid-19, more commonly referred to as coronavirus, to large groups of international travelers. The first major event to cancel was Ultra Abu Dhabi, followed by the brand’s flagship festival in Miami. Coachella and Stagecoach have not been ordered to close as of yet, and EDC Las Vegas and promoter Insomniac have made no mention of the virus on their social media channels. (Insomniac’s Okeechobee, also in Florida, is currently underway.)

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