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Hotels fill up as North Texans look for a warm place to ride out the night


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It was a stressful Monday for thousands of North Texas as winter weather and power outages led to a variety of problems. As many homes lost power, many families rushed to book hotels, and by the end of the night, very few North Texas hotels had any vacancy. “It’s been out since 5 a.m.,” Artrunette Ruffin said. “We’re just running around looking for a hotel at this point trying to get me and my kids out of the cold.”
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11 Things You Won’t Be Able to Do on Cruises Anymore


Meghan JonesUpdated: Sep. 28, 2020

As cruises do their utmost to avoid a repeat of early 2020, the world of cruising will look quite a bit different as ships set sail again.

Get on board with these changes

Before lockdowns became a reality in the United States, cruise ships provided a disturbing preview of what was to come. From the 14-day quarantine of thousands of people on the virus-stricken Diamond Princess ship in February to harrowing stories of cruise ship workers confined to their tiny cabins for months, these news bytes left people wondering if, or perhaps why, anyone would ever take a cruise again. In April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a “no-sail order,” which they then extended in mid-July. This order didn’t actually provide a fixed date that cruises had to be docked until; it just prohibited cruises from sailing until they met certain COVID-19 protection standards.

And now, as a turbulent summer ends, some smaller cruise lines are starting to sail again. Others, however—including major carriers like Royal Caribbean, Carnival, and Disney—are continuing to wait for months to come. Whenever, if ever, you choose to go on a cruise again, here are some things you and your fellow passengers won’t be able to do. Of course, these will vary quite a bit by cruise line and individual ship, but these are the general things experts think you’re likely to see change. Plus, check out these things polite people never do on cruises.

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Pandemic puts NYC hotels on the brink

It does appear that several big hotels in the NYC have announced that they are closing for good, and some experts say that more closures are in the near future.

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In the last two weeks, the 478-room Hilton Times Square and two Courtyard by Marriott hotels in Manhattan said they would not reopen, joining several others that had already closed for good, including the 399-room Omni Berkshire Place in midtown.  
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By Patrick McGeehan

Many of New York City’s biggest hotels closed their doors in March when the coronavirus wiped out tourism and business travel. The shutdowns were supposed to be temporary, but six months later, with no potential influx of visitors in sight, a wave of permanent closures has begun.

Sinking under the weight of overdue mortgage payments and property taxes, some hotels have already shut down for good, and many others are struggling to survive.

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Some hotels, including the Westin in Times Square, remain closed. About 25,000 hotel workers remain out of work.
Some hotels, including the Westin in Times Square, remain closed. About 25,000 hotel workers remain out of work.Credit…Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

“We love our jobs,” said Cristina Marino, who, along with her husband, worked at the Hyatt Centric Hotel in Manhattan until it shut down in March and they were laid off.
“We love our jobs,” said Cristina Marino, who, along with her husband, worked at the Hyatt Centric Hotel in Manhattan until it shut down in March and they were laid off.Credit…Chang W. Lee/The New York Times