COVID-19 restrictions notably reduce number of tourists visiting Azerbaijan
By Trend Temporary restrictions introduced in Azerbaijan to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) led to a sharp decrease in the number of foreigners visiting the country from April through October 2020, Trend reports referring to the Review of the Center for Analysis of Economic Reforms and Communications issued in November. The center said that the situation with COVID-19 affected the country’s tourism sector. According to the State Border Service, in the past 10 months, 720,300 (3.7 times) less foreigners and stateless persons arrived in Azerbaijan from 155 countries of the world com...
Tough new restrictions for Nelson Mandela Bay as Ramaphosa pleads with SA to 'do better'
Ramaphosa says Nelson Mandela Bay has been declared a hotspot and the region will face restrictions due to rising coronavirus infections over the last 14 days. Coronavirus cases have been on the rise in some parts of the country, particularly in the Eastern Cape in Nelson Mandela Bay and the Western Cape – with the Garden Route region area most affected. Ramaphosa's address tonight follows meetings he held with the Coronavirus Command Council and the Cabinet which confirmed recommendations related to curbing rising infections. The president said restrictions in Nelson Mandela Bay will come int...
St. Petersburg to Tighten Coronavirus Restrictions Over New Year Holiday
St. Petersburg authorities have ordered the city’s cafes, restaurants, museums, theaters and concert halls to shut down during the New Year holiday, the most festive time of the year in Russia, due to the coronavirus. The stricter restrictions will be in place from Dec. 30 until Jan. 10, according to the decree signed by St. Petersburg Governor Alexander Beglov on Wednesday. A number of the restrictions will go into effect starting this week, however. Starting Friday, the city’s water parks, aquariums, shopping malls, museums, exhibitions, theaters and performing arts organizations will close ...
The Moscow Times
How far is Hong Kong's economy from a recovery?
Photo: VCGHong Kong Disneyland will close on Wednesday as the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government announced new restrictions on public gatherings due to an uptick in COVID-19 cases.Following previous shutdowns in January and July, the third closure of Hong Kong Disneyland, to a certain extent, highlights the severity of the local epidemic situation as well as the difficulties of reviving the Hong Kong economy from a crippling recession. The HKSAR government had to suspend its travel bubble with Singapore due to a recent resurgence of COVID-19 infections.The economic pred...
Second passport demand surges by 50% amid Covid-19 restrictions
December 1, 2020 (Investorideas.com Newswire) National lockdowns, closed borders and travel restrictions have helped drive up enquiries for second passports, citizenships and overseas residencies by more than 50% year-on-year, reveals one of the world's largest independent financial advisory firms.deVere Group, which has more than 100,000 clients globally, reports that this highly unusual year has seen demand for its residency and citizen service "skyrocket."The majority of enquiries are from high–net-worth individuals from the U.S., India, South Africa, Russia, the Middle East and East Asia w...
Lebanon to ease virus curbs from Monday
Lebanon is from Monday to gradually ease restrictions imposed two weeks ago after a surge in coronavirus infections, in a bid to relieve its struggling economy in time for the festive season, officials said.Acting health minister Hamad Hassan told reporters the country "will gradually reopen from Monday" to give citizens and businesses a respite ahead of Christmas and end of year holidays.He said restaurants will reopen at 50 percent capacity, but bars and nightclubs will remain closed and weddings prohibited, while an overnight curfew will start from 11 pm instead of 5pm.Read also: Lebanese a...
Inter-Agency Coordination Council discusses enforcement of Covid restrictions
By TrendThe Inter-Agency Coordination Council led by Giorgi Gakharia, Prime Minister of Georgia discussed the new package of government support to citizens and businesses, along with the enforcement of restrictions coming into force at 00:00 on November 28, 2020, Trend reports citing Business Media Georgia.Inter-Agency Coordination Council has ruled to restrict the following throughout Georgia from November 28, 2020 through January 31, 2021:• Mobility of people both in terms of walking and driving as well as a stay in public spaces will be banned from 21:00 to 05:00; Exception will be made on ...
Ireland announces easing of pandemic restrictions in December
The Irish government Friday announced the easing of coronavirus restrictions for the festive season, with retail and some hospitality set to reopen next week.Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin said the Irish people would be able to enjoy "some respite" after making sacrifices during lockdown.The country has been under a strict six-week lockdown since October 21 with all non-essential retail and leisure facilities closed, people prevented from travelling beyond 5 kilometres from home and all non-essential workers asked to work from home.Next week, services such as hairdressing will reopen Tues...
Editorial: Of prayers and plagues: What the Supreme Court got wrong about Gov. Cuomo's COVID restrictions
The unsigned opinion by the nation’s highest court got it wrong, insisting that restrictions placed on religious gatherings imposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in New York’s COVID hot spots must be nullified, for they violate the First Amendment.The dissent by the Bronx’s Sonia Sotomayor got it right. The rules, capping gatherings at 10 people or less, are actually more generous for faith-based institutions than for any other type: “New York treats houses of worship far more favorably than their secular comparators.” How on Earth can that be an offense to the guaranteed freedom to exercise religion? ...
New York Daily News
SCOTUS backhands Andrew Cuomo's king-like COVID restrictions on churches while John Roberts proves again that he cares little about the Constitution
By Duncan SmithWithout a doubt, the biggest loser to ever make it the U.S. Supreme Court in recent years is John Roberts.How he became chief justice is beyond our comprehension, but he did — and he lied his a– off to President George W. Bush and the U.S. Senate when he told them he understood, revered, and would follow the Constitution on the bench.He proved that again on Wednesday.The high court B-slapped King Andrew Cuomo over his blatantly biased and unconstitutional order preventing New Yorkers from exercising their First Amendment right to freely practice their religion — which they are p...
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