Decatur’s recreation facilities resume pre-pandemic hours | Decatur

Decatur Parks and Recreation indoor and outdoor recreation facilities, venues and parks will return to a normal schedule today after over a year of COVID-19 restrictions and shutdowns, city officials said.

Nicole Belcher, Parks and Recreation marketing director, said Monday that the Aquadome, Fort Decatur and T.C. Almon will open at 8 a.m. today and operate under Gov. Kay Ivey’s “Safer Apart” order.

“We know there’s no longer a mask mandate, but we will strongly urge people to wear masks and social distance,” Belcher said. “Now the executive order is about personal responsibility.”

Decatur Youth Services Sports Manager Rico Pickett

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Fully vaccinated people can resume travel at ‘low risk,’ CDC says

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday said fully vaccinated people can safely travel at “low risk” after the agency had held off for weeks on revising guidance that discouraged all non-essential trips.

The announcement lifting the agency’s guidance that all Americans should avoid non-essential travel should assist the U.S. travel industry which is still significantly struggling since the Covid-19 crisis began in early 2020. The new CDC guidance specifically greenlights vaccinated grandparents getting on airplanes to see grandchildren.

A group representing major U.S. airlines including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Southwest

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When will cruising resume? US Travel joins groups pressuring CDC

U.S. Travel Association, the national trade group that represents all facets of American travel, is joining the cruise industry in calling for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to lift its conditional sailing order, and for the agency to provide a path forward that allows cruise lines to resume sailing.

“We join the calls to identify the way toward lifting the Conditional Sail Order and allowing the phased resumption of cruise operations as quickly as possible,” Roger Dow, president of theU.S. Travel Association, said in a statement. 

The CDC order, issued Oct. 30, laid out a phased

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Japan opts not to resume travel subsidy program until at least June

The Japanese government will not resume a subsidy program for promoting domestic tourism until June at the earliest due to concerns over a resurgence of the new coronavirus, even as a state of emergency was lifted for the last remaining area earlier this week, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday.

The government will earmark 300 billion yen ($2.8 billion) as reserves to support municipalities’ own travel promotion initiatives until the “Go To Travel” campaign restarts, the person said.

Photo taken at a shopping street in Tokyo’s Asakusa area on Dec. 19, 2020, shows a signboard promoting the Japanese

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As Jersey City recreation programs resume, 2 local parents say this is what the kids need

JERSEY CITY — On Sunday, amidst the echo of splashes and organized swim lessons, were Jessica Taube and her 8-year-old daughter, Gabriella.

Taube is one of the many parents whose children participated in the first Sunday swim class at the indoor Pershing Field pool, which returned on March 15 and was previously halted due to COVID-19 restrictions. She told The Jersey Journal that the city’s recreational programs, like Sunday’s, have helped her and her family get through the pandemic.

“I think (the city’s) done a good job,” Taube said. “Kids need things to do, but the rules should still stay

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