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Domestic Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 Alert: Cases are Rising

COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths across the United States are rising. As cold weather moves in, people spend more time indoors. As the holidays approach, take steps to slow the spread of COVID-19. 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 COVID-19. View cases in the U.S. and cases by state on CDC’s COVID Data Tracker.

COVID-19: Ministers to announce travel ban for Brazil and other South America countries over new variant

Travel bans have previously been introduced for those coming from Denmark and South Africa, in response to other new variants. The government’s COVID-19 operations committee met at Thursday lunchtime to discuss the issue, with an announcement expected shortly.

Asked why travel between Brazil and neighboring countries to the UK had not yet been closed off, she said: “Of course, people flying into the UK, whether from South America or elsewhere are required to have a 10-day quarantine period when they land in the UK. That is mandatory.

-Sky News

Hyatt Serves Notice to Terminate Management of 22 Hyatt Place Hotels

Service Properties Trust has received a notice of termination regarding the management agreement for 22 Hyatt Place hotels owned by subsidiaries of SPT, the company announced.

Hyatt’s obligations under the agreement, which requires minimum annual returns of $22 million, are supported by a $50 million limited guaranty, according to SPT. The company added that while Hyatt is current with its payments to date, it recently exhausted the guaranty, allowing Hyatt to terminate the agreement upon 90 days’ notice. The effective date of the termination is April 8, 2021.

SPT and Hyatt are in discussions regarding possible changes to the management agreement in which some or all of the hotels could remain Hyatt Place properties, according to SPT. However, if the discussions do not lead to a new management agreement, SPT expects to transfer management of the 22 hotels to Sonesta International Hotels Corp. under the Sonesta Select brand.

This possible change in management of Hyatt Place properties follows InterContinental Hotels Group and Marriott International terminating management of 103 and 122 properties, respectively, owned by Service Properties Trust. Those properties are now managed by Sonesta, which earlier in January agreed to acquire Red Lion Hotels. SPT owns 34 percent of Sonesta.

-BTN