Travelers to Hawaii will need to undergo COVID-19 testing and have negative results prior to entering the state, stresses Governor David Ige, as Hawaii travel restrictions get modified.
Effective a couple of days before Thanksgiving, stricter Hawaii travel restrictions are to be initiated. This is to halt the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the state, David Ige, the state’s governor proclaims on Thursday.
At the moment, visitors are permitted to reach Hawaii by using a pre-testing protocol. Upon reaching the state, travelers can simply upload their test’s negative results on the Hawaiian COVID-19 visitor database and bypass the 14-day quarantine used by other US states.
This current mandate is problematic, however, as more and more tourists later prove to be positive after being allowed passage into Hawaii. This issue, then, compromises the health and well-being of residents, resulting to the prevalence of new COVID-19 cases in the area. Hence, Ige points out the need to tighten border patrol to curb this rampant result.
The said tightening of Hawaii travel restrictions plans to take effect on Tuesday, just two days before the upcoming holiday celebration.
To forego, however, the 2-week quarantine protocol, tourists are required to take the proper COVID-19 test at any of the accredited testing centers or partners of the state. Nevertheless, if the results of the test do not arrive before flying into Hawaii, the tourist shall be forced to take a 14-day quarantine or even stay on lockdown for the duration of his visit, whichever is shorter.
It is essential to note that tourists who do not obtain their negative COVID-19 results before departure won’t be able to enter Hawaii even if the said information arrives just before they reach the state.
Travelers are still provided with the option to skip COVID-19 testing, however. Both tourists and residents who arrive at the border can still opt to take the 14-day quarantine, either at their designated hotels or at home. This option comes in lieu of the lengthy COVID-19 testing queues across the United States as more and more Americans are forced to get tested for the said virus.
At present, the US still holds the topmost record of the most COVID-19 total cases in the world. As of writing, it already has a record of 12,078,831 positive cases. To prevent the upsurge of the same rapid transmission within Hawaii’s borders, the need to require negative COVID-19 results as part of the modified Hawaii travel restrictions is pointed out.
Nevertheless, Ige explains that the necessity of protecting Hawaiians from the possibility of inbound infection can be skipped by choosing to stay on a 14-day quarantine. Travelers can still opt to remain within their hotel rooms or head straight to their homes, eradicating immediate—and unprotected—contact with locals during the said time period. Thus, tightening Hawaii travel restrictions aims to halt rapid COVID-19 spread as everyone awaits news of an effective vaccine that may possibly help the country—and the world—revert to the unrestricted mobility experienced way before this unprecedented pandemic emergency.
Tracking COVID-19 Restrictions by Country Using an Interactive Tool
Skyscanner develops an interactive tool that provides travelers with information regarding the different travel restrictions per country.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a multitude of travel restrictions all around the world to contain the transmission of the deadly virus. Americans are now peppered with so many travel-abroad regulations due to the rapid—and seemingly unending—increase in cases. If you plan to make a trip abroad, it can be difficult to obtain relevant and up-to-date information on the specific travel requirements for either your state of origin or your intended destination. This is because these requirements are regularly updated and modified depending on the COVID-19 situation at the moment.
More and more countries, however, are providing detailed travel restrictions and monitoring tools. Skyscanner’s interactive COVID-19 travel map is, by far, one of the most sophisticated ones. The tool is in its beta version and can be perused via Skyscanner’s website. The map can be used to check the different travel restrictions of the different countries represented. Countries are color-coded, displaying those with low, moderate, and heavy travel restrictions which are in green, yellow, and red, respectively. Countries that do not have data, however, are colored gray. A user’s specific country of origin is colored gray, as well, during a search.
You can click through the different destinations. You can also scroll through the list of suggested destinations provided. By doing so, you can find out about the travel restrictions per country and even check the latest updates in terms of current COVID-19 cases, the rate of transmission, the difference in case numbers as compared to the previous week, and so on. You are also offered the option to sign up for email notifications as regards succeeding COVID-19 updates regarding a particular country.
The said Skyscanner tool was introduced in November. It makes use of data obtained from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for the updates on travel restrictions plus COVID-19 case rates from the John Hopkins University.
The tool is an initiative that resulted from Skyscanner’s American survey as regards attitudes toward the different travel restrictions imposed which prevented easy trips locally and internationally. Out of the 1,000 respondents, about 51% mentioned that they did not have adequate confidence on the knowledge they had about the travel restrictions of the places they wanted to visit. Despite this fact, many Americans have been found to be browsing through international airfare.
“People want to travel and we know there is pent-up demand from the searches we are seeing for flights and for more information; but confidence has been hit by the lack of consistency between countries worldwide regarding measures and restrictions,” shares U.S. travel expert for Skyscanner, Mark Crossey. “Consumers just don’t understand the complex rules and are crying out for transparent, detailed information,” Crossey adds.
Crossey points out, however, that there are only a few countries that offer quarantine-free visits. At the moment, merely 13 countries are indicated as green. 212 countries are colored orange or even red. He asserts that the Skyscanner tool is only a piece of the solution. Countries all over the world must have a standard set of travel restrictions including testing protocols and quarantine procedures before travelling can become easier.
Top 10 Reasons to Conceal Carry a Gun
Have you ever thought about getting your concealed carry license? Then you’ve come to the right place.
A concealed carry license allows you to legally carry a concealed weapon (usually a handgun) on your person in public.
Though some states have more restrictive concealed carry laws than others, all states permit some level of concealed carry.
If you’re on the edge about whether or not to get your concealed carry permit, here are ten reasons why you should:
1. It helps you protect yourself
The most obvious reason to get a concealed carry permit is that it helps you protect yourself.
Sure, there are many other self-defense methods, like martial arts, knives, and pepper spray, but few are as effective as a concealed gun. It can help you stop a violent crime in a matter of seconds.
In addition, concealed carry can help you make up for physical disadvantages. If you are elderly or female, for example, having a gun may be the only way you can stop a larger attacker.
2. It helps you protect your family and others
On top of protecting yourself, concealed carrying helps you protect your loved ones.
As a parent or spouse, you have a serious responsibility to protect your family from harm. You never know when an attacker will strike, and it’s best to be prepared for the worst by having a gun on you.
As a concealed carrier, you may also find yourself in situations where you are the only one in a position to protect others, including strangers. You become the sheepdog that protects the sheep (regular citizens) from the wolves (criminals).
3. Violent crime is a real threat
Though violent crime in the U.S. has been steadily falling since the 1990s, it’s still a real threat.
In 2019, over 1 million violent crimes were committed across the country. That’s an estimated 366.7 violent crimes per 100,000 inhabitants.
The world can be a dangerous place. But by having a concealed firearm, you will be able to protect yourself and others in the event that you witness (or become victim to) violence.
4. You’ll be less dependent on the police
The average police response time to 911 calls varies by area and the type of crime, but generally, it can take up to 10 minutes for help to arrive.
In the meantime, you still need to protect yourself. And when it comes to violent crime, every second counts. A concealed firearm could be all that stands between you and death (or worse).
Besides, contrary to popular belief, the police don’t have a legal duty to protect you unless you are in their custody. Your safety is ultimately your own responsibility.
5. It helps deter violent crime
Criminals are less likely to commit crimes when they think there could be an armed citizen nearby.
By carrying a concealed weapon, you help deter crime anywhere you go. In some cases, showing your gun will be enough to stop the violence.
This is also part of the reason why the U.S. has never been invaded or subject to a tyrannical government—its citizens are armed.
6. It provides valuable training in firearm safety and self-defense
To earn your concealed carry license, you must take and pass a firearms course, which covers gun safety, rules, maintenance, and self-defense (among other things).
This is a great opportunity to gain valuable gun training. It will teach you how to properly handle your concealed firearm and how to use it in self-defense as a last resort.
And it won’t take much time. Most concealed carry classes are a one-time full-day event that you can knock out on a weekend.
7. It gives you a tactical advantage
When you conceal carry, you gain a tactical advantage against criminals. Since they don’t know that you’re carrying a gun, you can catch them off guard and leverage the element of surprise.
In contrast, when you open carry, criminals will see that you’re armed and may target you as a result.
8. It helps you save money and time on background checks
Whenever you buy a gun (perhaps with gun accessories) from a licensed firearm dealer, you are required to undergo a background check. This can take up to a few hours and cost you $25 to $50 every time you buy a new gun.
But if you have your concealed carry license, it shows that you’ve already passed a background check. So you can just show it to the dealer to have the background check requirement waived.
9. It teaches you to increase your situational awareness
Concealed carrying will help you improve your situational awareness. How? By instilling in you more responsibility toward others. You’ll learn to stay vigilant against potential threats and crimes so you can react quickly and properly.
10. It’s your second amendment right
Lastly, carrying a firearm is your constitutional right. The second amendment gives you the right to “keep and bear arms.”
That’s reason enough to conceal carry. Just make sure you also respect the serious responsibilities that come with carrying a gun.
The bottom line
At the end of the day, the choice to get your concealed carry license or not is up to you. It’s a huge responsibility, but also one that could potentially save your life and the lives of others.
Many states will also honor conceal carry permits from other states (aka reciprocity), allowing you to carry while traveling across the country.
Research your state’s conceal carry laws and then do what’s best for you and your family.
The Different Types of White Wine Explained
Have you tried to select a good white wine for a special meal, or as a gift, but get overwhelmed by the endless white wine options at your local winery?
So many different bottles, with different labels and categories, can be frustrating. While you might not want to become a wine connoisseur, you wish you had a little knowledge of the types of white wine and its flavors.
The guide below will introduce you to the basic types of white wine and how to pair them with food. Knowing your white wine options and how they affect your palate will help you make the perfect selection later.
Chardonnay might be considered the “go-to” white wine for casual gatherings, rather than for a large meal. But, Chardonnay is actually a very full-bodied wine, and best paired with creamy, heavier food.
There is a distinction between Chardonnay and Chablis. Chablis is a region in France where wine is made from the Chardonnay grape. Chablis is not usually cured in oak barrels, as is a lot of Chardonnay, so it has a much lighter taste and is often paired with light appetizers like raw oysters.
Pinot Grigio has really taken Chardonnay’s place as the “go-to” wine these days, due to it’s consistently dry, light, and slightly fruity flavor.
Lighter in color than Chardonnay, a Pinot Grigio can be paired with pasta and heavy salads, as well as most seafood. A Pinot Grigio stands well all by itself as well.
Sauvignon white wines are on the dry side, with a tart taste. Certain varieties, particularly those from New Zealand, have a more fruity taste. Many describe the taste as having a slight hint of grapefruit or sour apple flavor.
This is a great stand-alone wine, but pairs well with cheese, and fresh seafood.
Moscato is a sparkling white wine that is often thought of as a “dessert” wine, due to its sweet flavor. But these days, Moscato is becoming a popular dinner wine, as it pairs well with spicy foods, and even with a refreshing summer salad. And, of course, you can pair it with your favorite dessert.
Moscato is lower in alcohol content as well, making it a good starter choice for someone new to drinking white wine.
Riesling is also a popular dessert wine, as it is quite sweet, though not as sweet as Moscato.
Again, pairing it with spicy Asian or Indian dishes is a great idea, or with fruity desserts.
From a region in Germany, Gewurztraminer is a great dry/sweet combination wine and is slightly fruity. This white wine is less popular in the United States, usually because the other wines listed here are more familiar.
If you are unsure whether to go to a dry wine or sweet one, try a bottle of Gewurztraminer and pair it with cinnamon-laden desserts, creamy bisque soups, or curry dishes.
Choosing from the Types of White Wine
With so many types of white wine, how do you choose?
First, decide if the wine will be paired with food, and if so, what kind of food, and work from there.
If the wine is a gift for someone else, find out if they prefer a dry or sweet white wine. If the wine is for you, choose one from each of the types of white wine, and have a tasting party!
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