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COVID-19 Alert: Cases are Decreasing
Coronavirus cases, hospitalizations, and deaths across the United States are decreasing. As cold weather moves in, people spend more time indoors. As the holidays approach, take steps to slow the spread of Coronavirus. Wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet apart, avoid crowds, and wash your hands often. The more steps you take, the more you are protected against Coronavirus. View cases in the U.S. and cases by state on CDC’s COVID Data Tracker.
Rosewood, SLS Baha Mar Resorts to Reopen in Nassau
Two major resorts in Nassau are reopening their doors this week.
The Rosewood Baha Mar and SLS Baha Mar resorts, both set on Nassau’s Cable Beach, will both be reopening on March 4. The 299-room SLS Baha Mar is one of just two SLS hotels in the Caribbean, along with the newly-opened SLS Cancun.
Rosewood Baha Mar
The 237-room Rosewood Baha Mar is one of just three open Rosewood resorts in the Caribbean, including Rosewood Mayakoba and Rosewood Little Dix Bay in the British Virgin Islands. (A fourth, Rosewood Le Guanahani in St Barth, will likely make its debut later this year).
The relaunch of the two Nassau resorts will complete the reopening of the Baha Mar megaresort; the complex’s largest property, the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, officially relaunched in December 2020.
SLS Baha Mar
The vast majority of the property’s amenities and attractions are open, from its massive casino to the Jack Nicklaus-designed Royal Blue golf course.
The Bahamas is open for tourism; you can find more on the country’s travel protocols for visitors here. The Baha Mar is providing testing for all travelers on site. -CJ
Travel agencies, cruise lines and airlines gear up for rebound in bookings
“Many people are already actively planning their next big trip,” said one travel expert. “And it is not too early to book for 2022, especially with trip protection.”
As the pace of Covid-19 vaccinations is ramping up, so is consumer confidence — and with it, a surge in travel bookings for later this year and for 2022.
“Many travelers are feeling optimistic that they will be able to vacation abroad this year. Many people are already actively planning their next big trip — even for trips more than four months out,” said Shibani Walia, senior research analyst at Tripadvisor.
TSA: Mask violators face $250 fine, up to $1,500 for repeat offenders
Violators of the federal transportation face mask requirement face a $250 fine that increases for subsequent violations, the Transportation Security Administration said Friday.
The fine can rise up to $1,500 for repeated violations. “Based on substantial aggravating or mitigating factors, TSA may seek a sanction amount that falls outside these ranges,” the agency said. The penalties may be in addition to those imposed by operators.
US airlines have taken the initiative to ban passengers who do not follow the rules. Delta Air Lines said in a company memo on February 1 that it has banned about 950 people for violating its mask rule.