Pandemic Home Remodeling Is Booming

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Home Renovation For The Pandemic

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A borderline pandemic changes life for residents of Blaine

The stores are closed. Gas stations running on empty, without a customer in sight. 



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“Oh, it’s quiet around here,” local business owner Brant Baron said.

This once-booming border town now sits along a dead-end road.

Blaine City Manager Michael Jones said, “The pandemic has changed the city in a lot of ways.”

When Covid almost completely closed the crossing between the US and Canada,

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University Students Room in Chic Hotels, Apartments During Pandemic | Voice of America

Cristina Lozano, a junior at New York University (NYU), has been staying at the chic W New York Hotel, a 1911 beaux arts-style building that overlooks Union Square Park and offers a short walk to the Empire State Building.

The hotel is booked until next summer, when prices are advertised from the $400s to the $600s a night. For now, the place belongs to Lozano and others like her, who

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Pandemic Travel, With Another Family or Maybe 3

Seven months into the pandemic, the recommended rules for families are clear: Safety first means safety in low numbers. Learning pods are small. Social bubbles are guarded. The “quaranteam” lines have been drawn — at home and on the road.

“By this point, we’ve all gotten to know the tribe in our pandemic ‘lane,’” said Stacie Krajchir-Tom, 52, a Los Angeles brand consultant who is heading to Ojai, California, next

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Delta posts $5.4 billion 3Q loss as pandemic hammers travel

The summer travel season was even worse than expected for Delta Air Lines, which said Tuesday that it lost $5.4 billion in the third quarter as people hunkered down at home during the pandemic.

Delta officials pushed back their timetable for breaking even, from year-end to next spring, as their previous expectation that COVID-19 would be contained proved too rosy. The airline’s shares fell almost 3% on Tuesday.

However, Delta’s

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Air travel numbers on the rise as coronavirus pandemic continues

Air travel across the country is down dramatically as the coronavirus pandemic continues, but this holiday weekend drew a spike in fliers we haven’t seen in months. It begs the question, “Is this a sign of air travel confidence growing?”

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Delta Says Air Travel Recovery Still Far Off Amid Pandemic

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offered cautious optimism that demand for travel is starting to return but said its losses were mounting, as the coronavirus pandemic looks likely to continue weighing on travel for years.

“The virus has had a much broader impact over the course of the year than any of us were suspecting,” Delta Chief Executive Ed Bastian said in an interview.

Delta had hoped it would be able

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Delta posts $5.4 billion third-quarter loss as pandemic hammers travel

The summer travel season was even worse than expected for Delta Air Lines, which said Tuesday that it lost $5.4 billion in the third quarter as people hunkered down at home during the pandemic.

Delta officials pushed back their timetable for breaking even, from year-end to next spring, as their previous expectation that COVID-19 would be contained proved too rosy. The airline’s shares fell almost 3% on Tuesday.

However, Delta’s

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How Could Travel Change After the Pandemic?

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Some prognosticated changes to the travel industry have already come to

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As pandemic worsens strain on homeless shelters, Montreal to provide temporary housing in hotels



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Volunteers at the Welcome Hall Mission prepare a Thanksgiving meal for patrons.

Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante says she’s working with federal and provincial governments to temporarily house people who are homeless in mostly vacant hotels once again, as shelters continue to see an increase in demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“I think we must seize the opportunity to quickly give a roof to many people who

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How pandemic bento boxes became their own care package and a new business model

Growing up outside of Tokyo, Chef Kenji Miyaishi’s mother used to send him off with bento boxes of onigiri rice balls, karaage fried chicken, tamago-yaki egg omelets and vegetables from her garden.

Now, as he’s pivoted his upscale restaurant in Napa, California, to prepare and deliver bento boxes amid the pandemic, he says he aims to serve with the same values of precision, culture and care his mother did.

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I just braved 3 packed pandemic flights. Here’s everything you need to know.

The things you do for love.

Earlier this week, I braved the skies mid-pandemic — three packed airplanes, two different airlines and a one-hour layover in Orlando — to visit my far-flung girlfriend, who is finishing her degree in Louisiana (long distance ain’t easy, folks!).

While well aware of what the CDC says about crowded flights and subsequent COVID-19 risks, I also knew I was one of far fewer travelers

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A tale of two responses to pandemic travel

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MIXED SIGNALS: Is it possible to simultaneously take a hands-on and hands-off approach? If so, the Trump administration seems to

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EU nations get ready to adopt travel rules during COVID-19 pandemic

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Published 8:33 a.m. ET Oct. 13, 2020 | Updated 11:11 a.m. ET Oct. 13, 2020

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BRUSSELS – European Union countries are getting ready to adopt a common traffic light system to coordinate traveling across the 27-nation bloc, but a return to full freedom of movement in the

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EU countries adopt common travel guidelines amid pandemic

European Union countries have approved a series of guidelines aimed at facilitating free movement across the bloc and avoiding further disruption during the coronavirus pandemic

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China Southern Airlines Expects Pandemic to Severely Hurt Nine-Month Results

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China Southern Airlines Co. said Tuesday that it expects the Covid-19 pandemic to severely hurt its results for the first three quarters of the year.

Facing “unprecedented difficulties” brought about by the pandemic, the company has made efforts to control costs and seek policy support while boosting cargo revenue to weather the downturn, China Southern said.

The state-owned carrier swung to a net loss in the first

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Luxury Thai hotels opening amid pandemic bet on 5-star quarantine



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A SLEW of luxury hotels opening in Thailand amid the pandemic are pinning their hopes on a government plan to lure high-spending tourists, betting those seeking five-star quarantine will help cushion the devastation wrought on the travel industry.

About half-a-dozen luxury hotels that opened in Bangkok during the pandemic, or will open soon, from Four Seasons, Kempinski and Capella are likely to benefit from a new

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Luxury cruise ships being scrapped for metal amid ongoing pandemic

These ships are currently worth more for their parts than they are as luxury voyages.

As the cruise ship industry continues to be battered by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, boats once considered to be opulent, top-of-the-line vessels are now being sold for scraps.

This month, a drone captured aerial photos of five decommissioned ocean liners being broken down for scrap metal in Izmir, Turkey. The images, taken on Oct. 2

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Roosevelt Hotel in New York to close after nearly 100 years due to the coronavirus pandemic

Since 1924, the Roosevelt Hotel has been a witness to history.



a car parked in front of a building: After nearly a century in business, the Roosevelt Hotel will permanently close its doors.


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After nearly a century in business, the Roosevelt Hotel will permanently close its doors.

The New York City landmark was the election headquarters for Gov. Thomas Dewey when he incorrectly announced he defeated Harry Truman in the 1948 presidential election. It has served as the backdrop for movies such as “The Irishman” and it

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