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How the Coronavirus is affecting Travel for Monday March 16th.

This page will keep you informed on how the Coronavirus (Covid 19) is affecting travel. This page will be kept in point form with only concrete information issued by government bodies. 

March 16th, 2020 

  • Louisiana is closing all bars, clubs, casinos, movie theaters and gyms until April 13
  • Washington, DC, is ordering restaurants, bars and clubs to close 
  • Switzerland’s government banned all private and public events from midnight local time on Monday for more than a month
  • Switzerland’s government has closed every shop, restaurant, bar and all recreational areas
  • President Trump discussed supply at grocery stores and asked Americans not to hoard goods
  • Nearly seven million people living in a wide swath of Northern California, including Silicon Valley, are being ordered to shelter in place starting at midnight on Monday
  • New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued a proclamation today closing all bars, nightclubs, casinos, movie theaters, malls, gyms and health clubs in the city 
  • All Pennsylvania state liquor stores and licensee service centers will close indefinitely tomorrow at 9 p.m. ET
  • Boeing said Monday it is directing employees who are able to perform their work from home to telecommute until further notice
  • Sudan has closed its borders, sealing of all sea ports, land crossings and airports
  • President Trump said that the administration will back airlines “100%” during the economic hit due to the spread of coronavirus
  • President Trump said as of Monday there are no plans for a nationwide quarantine or curfew
  • The United States has banned all gathering of more then 10 people
  • France will close all borders to contain the coronavirus outbreak starting at noon local on Tuesday
  • Russia will bar entry to foreigners with some exceptions starting Wednesday, the Russian government said in a statement Monday
  • France has banned gatherings across France, including family and other social gatherings
  • Indiana has announced the state’s first death due to novel coronavirus
  • San Francisco’s mayor is ordering residents to stay home in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus
  • There are at least 4,008 cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States
  • Lufthansa will be reducing flights by up to 90% due to the spread of coronavirus, it said in a statement
  • The Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island has suspended operations

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statue of liberty closed

March 16th, 2020 (continued)

  • Major League Baseball has announced that the opening of the 2020 season has been pushed back indefinitely
  • The European, Americas and final world qualifying boxing tournaments for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have been suspended due to the outbreak of coronavirus
  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the country will deny entry to people who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
  • The Italian Civil Protection Authority reported a spike in new coronavirus cases today, with 3,233 new cases in the last 24 hours alone
  • Portugal and Spain have agreed to suspend all air and rail travel between the two countries
  • The UK government is now advising people to stay at home for 14 days instead of seven days if they – or anyone in their household — has coronavirus symptoms: a new persistent cough or fever
  • Hungary will close its borders to foreigners at midnight
  • Saudi Arabia has partially shut shopping malls, banned eating and drinking inside restaurants and cafes, and closed public spaces
  • The United Arab Emirates has suspended tourist visas and cultural activities, and the country has taken a series of measures to promote social distancing, including the closure of bars, clubs and lounges
  • Qatar closes all borders except to citizens
  • Kuwait has closed all borders except to citizens
  • Lebanon has announced a two-week lockdown, banning public and private gatherings and closing all commercial companies, except for those that produce food
  • Iraq announced a six-day curfew on Sunday, prompting people to throng supermarkets and stockpile on essential goods
  • Morocco The country’s foreign ministry announced on Sunday that it would suspend all international flights to and from its territory “until further notice.”
  • UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged people to stop all non-essential contact with others and stop all unnecessary travel
  • Spain has closed all of its land borders because of the coronavirus pandemic
  • Turkey closes cafes and gyms to stop spread of coronavirus
  • Haiti is suspending flights from Europe, Canada, the Dominican Republic and Latin America for the next two weeks during the coronavirus pandemic
  • The South Carolina Department of Health has reported the state's first death related

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canada has closed all borders
Canada has banned all travelers except citizens and United States visitors

March 16th, 2020 (continued)

  • Rhode Island bans gatherings of more than 25 people
  • Indiana has closed all bars and restaurants until the end of March
  • European Union restricts all non-essenital travel
  • New Jersey introduces statewide 8 p.m. curfew
  • Three major airline alliances joined forces today calling for governments worldwide to assist the airline industry during this unprecedented period
  • New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have announced a ban on gatherings of more than 50 people
  • Kentucky will also close bars and restaurants
  • Egypt will suspend all flights in Egyptian airports starting Thursday
  • The women’s professional tennis tour, the WTA Tour, has announced that it is now suspending play until May 2 because of the coronavirus outbreak
  • A federal pilot program to implement drive-up testing sites in the United States will be operational by midweek
  • Virgin Atlantic said it will reduce 80% of its flights per day by March 26, grounding approximately 75% of its fleet
  • Borders between Spain and Portugal will be closed by the end of Monday
  • The city of Paris announced today the closure within a few hours of all public parks and gardens in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus
  • Michigan to order all bars and restaurants to close
  • Ukraine International Airlines has suspended all international scheduled flights starting tomorrow through March 31
  • The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida has temporarily closed 
  • Air France-KLM and IAG, owner of British Airways and Iberia, have both announced major cutbacks of flights in the coming weeks and months as borders shut and travel stops worldwide
  • With cases across the United States continuing to rise, Florida, Alabama and Hawaii all announced new infections today
  • Thirteen provinces in China no longer have any confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to treat
  • South Korea infections continue to slow but the government has warned people to keep their guard up against further outbreaks
  • In Japan 37 new infections and two deaths were reported in Japan on Monday, bringing the total cases to 1,526 with 31 deaths
  • Los Angeles has closed all bars, nightclubs and restaurants
  • All Disney stores in North America will close from March 17
  • The Cuban government is willing to receive the MS Braemar cruise ship which has been searching for somewhere to dock after it was refused entry at multiple Caribbean ports. 
  • Peru closes borders, orders mandatory self-quarantine
All DIsney stores in North America closed (David McNew/AFP/Getty Images)

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Sources from: CNN



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