This morning, Queensland Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk announced that Queensland will open its borders to Victoria on December 1st.
This was consequent to Victoria passing the 28-day requirement of no community transmission as well as high testing rates with good results from sewage testing.
“Can I congratulate Daniel Andrews, their Chief Health Officer and all of Victorians because this is just such fantastic news,” Ms Palaszczuk stated. This means, starting December 1, Victorians can also come to Queensland and, transversely, Queenslanders are very welcome to Victoria.
This ease of restrictions is deemed to boost tourism on the Gold Coast and Cairns in particular. The said spots had the most loss of international visitors, thus, contributing to a devastating economic impact.
“A lot of the businesses still have not returned to those inner-city high-rise offices … so that shopping and even the restaurants haven’t been doing their normal trade,” she said.
Now that the borders have been opened, it is expected to see more and more people coming back to work and go back to their natural spending habits, hence, giving lifeline to the economic milieu.
A recent Queensland COVID-19 snapshot revealed 1,196 confirmed cases with 14 active to date, 6 deaths and 1,326,061 tests conducted.
BANGKOK (NNT) – With more public holidays coming up in November and December, the government is encouraging people to travel to different parts of the country and use the government’s spending stimulus measures.
As of November 8th, the government’s We Travel Together campaign had 2,275,361 accommodation and 1,828,842 air ticket privileges for travelers.
40 percent discount
The campaign offers eligible applicants a 40-percent discount on rooms, limited to a maximum of 3,000 baht per room per night, with the subsidy capped at 10 rooms or 10 nights. They will also receive food and travel coupons worth up to 900 baht per day.
When tourists travel by air, the government will refund 40 percent of the ticket price. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is considering ways to offer more convenience to travelers, while encouraging more people to take part in this campaign.
2000 baht for medical personnel
The government’s Kamlang Jai campaign funds holiday travel for public health volunteers and medical personnel at Subdistrict Health Promotion hospitals. The subsidy is limited to 2,000 baht per tourist for a trip of two days and one night, and travel spending can also be used to claim tax deductions.
The cabinet has endorsed extra public holidays on November 19th and 20th, which are on Thursday and Friday, resulting in a four-day holiday. In December, another four-day holiday will be from the 10th to the 13th.
Thailand has been able to address the COVID-19 situation, thanks to the country’s effective disease-control measures. The government has launched many stimulus campaigns to revive the domestic economy, particularly in the heavily-hit tourism industry.
In recent weeks, as the country has begun to ease from the mitigations of the pandemic, so are the domestic tourism and pupils’ pilgrimages to the capital. National Capital Education Tourism Project, Garry Watson, stated that things were picking up but there was still a long way to go.
As per record, Canberra is the go-to destination for school trips, to the point that it’s almost a rite of passage for students around Australia. However, the $130 million-a-year booster shot to the ACT’s economy has hugely dried up. This was due to border closures of the pandemic that kept tens of thousands of students expecting to visit this year at home.
Watson added, “In 2019 around 173,000 school children came to visit Canberra. This year, we will be lucky to get 20,000.”
That being said, about 100,000 students were already booked in to visit between periods of July to November – but most of them cancelled. Twenty of these schools might be present before Christmas, but they wouldn’t get their hopes up for the meantime.
Admittedly, accommodation businesses still have a long way until recovery to pick things up. For instance, YMCA Canberra has two venues often used to cater to visiting students, but as safety protocols were strictly implemented, it was forced to close one. The other venue, conversely, is operating at around 5 per cent capacity.
The executive manager, Adam Homer revealed: “It entirely wiped out our revenue and put us backwards quite significantly — we virtually had no revenue for the past six months.”
They informed that fixed costs are needed to be covered regardless of the number of people through, and they are not covered at the moment. This week, the YMCA welcomed students back for the first time since March. But business is not exactly booming.
“The groups are small and nowhere near close to the number or the size that we normally have. But it is a really good sign that we at least have the confidence back to at least see a few groups return,” added Mr Homer.
In addition, for interstate students who have been stuck at home, seeing some new sights makes for a very welcome change. A student names Redha Rikaby, from College in South Australia, said that he loved his visit to the capital. “It has been really interesting learning about how Canberra was created,” he said.
In the duration of their stay, the students visited the Parliament House, the National Gallery, the War Memorial and Government House, where they met Governor-General David Hurley.
For YMCA, they were also delighted seeing the students getting all heated.
“We are seeing good visitor numbers, especially in those areas within easy driving distance of major centres,” Mr Johnson said.
One of the latest to open its doors after recent relaxation of restrictions for regional Victoria is the Sebel in Yarrawonga. It has had a $35 million upgrade.
After two false starts due to the lockdown, the multimillion-dollar development is said to be setting a new benchmark in accommodation, dining, conference and events facilities for the Murray River region.
Accor Pacific are managers under the Sebel banner, and Melbourne-based development company Lotus Living are behind the hotel development, situated within its Silverwoods Golf and Lifestyle Resort.
It will comprise 63 studios rooms and apartments, with a further 54 rooms expected in stage two of the development later in 2022-23. It will initially open two of its three food and beverage venues – Stock & Barrel bar and casual dining and Sunset Pool Bar.
Accor Pacific chief executive Simon McGrath said he was confident The Sebel Yarrawonga would deliver “exceptional accommodation and an outstanding service experience for our valued guests”.
“Trusted brands, like The Sebel, bring quality and credibility to the serviced apartments sector, which has been rapidly growing in popularity,” Mr McGrath said.
“We are expecting to see a boom in this area, particularly in the current climate, as serviced apartments limit unnecessary contact with other guests and offer a safe and secure way to travel.”
Newly appointed general manager Rebecca Russell said it has been a challenging year but the hotel is finally ready to greet locals and regional travellers and eventually guests from Melbourne and interstate.
In Sydney, the newly constructed Holiday Inn Express Sydney Airport has opened and has seen a rising number of trans-Tasman arrivals and domestic travellers.
The 247-room, eight-storey hotel is on the doorstep of Sydney’s domestic airport terminal and is only minutes away from the international terminal.
Ronald Barrott, chief executive of the site’s owner, the Pro-invest Group, said the group’s first airport hotel was well positioned for the return of international and domestic travel.
“With the trans-Tasman travel bubble established between Sydney and New Zealand, and international arrivals increasing, we expect demand for this type of accommodation to grow,” Mr Barrott said.
Carolyn Cummins is Commercial Property Editor for The Sydney Morning Herald.
“At the end of the day, with the current set of circumstances we are not in a position to deliver a sustainable, successful future for the event for next year and beyond,” Harrex said.
“Due to the high level of uncertainty around the ability of the event to proceed in 2021, the likely impact on the event for both the consumer and commercial market, and the long-term decline in the core motorsport fan, a decision has been made that it will not be possible to hold the race next year, and to not seek a contract for future years.”
McLaughlin crashes on debut
The race was first held in 1999 and quickly established itself as the traditional season curtain-raiser, hosting the first race of the season in all but two of the past 18 years.
“We regret that the South Australian Government has decided to cease holding this event,” a press release from Supercars read.
“Supercars is looking forward to providing our fans with an exciting 2021 Championship across Australia and New Zealand.
“If, at any time in the future, the South Australian Government decides to recommence the Adelaide 500, Supercars would be delighted to be there.”
Three Western states will partner with California to independently review any FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine before distributing it to the public.
Washington, Oregon and Nevada joined California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s “COVID-19 Scientific Safety Review Workgroup,” which will review the safety of any coronavirus vaccine.
Meanwhile, Hawaii will welcome visitors from Japan starting Nov. 6. Japanese travelers who provide proof of a negative coronavirus test 72 hours before arriving on the island won’t have to quarantine for 14 days.
A new CDC survey published Tuesday shows that most American adults were wearing masks into the summer months. The use of masks increased from 78% in April to 89% in June. Researchers found that other behaviors, like hand washing and social distancing, either slightly declined or remained the same.
The survey shows that younger adults from ages 18 to 29 are least likely to follow coronavirus measures. “Lower engagement in mitigation behaviors among younger adults might be one reason for the increased incidence of confirmed COVID-19 cases in this group,” researchers wrote.
The state Department of Health Services reported 5,262 new cases and 64 deaths Tuesday, both records far above any previous daily counts. The death toll now stands at 1,852.
There were 1,385 people hospitalized due to the virus in Wisconsin, including 339 in intensive care units. Both were all-time highs. Hospitalizations have seen rapid, unimpeded growth for the last five weeks, straining short-staffed health care systems across the state.
“This is no longer a slow-motion disaster,” said Gregory Poland, director of the vaccine research group at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “This is a disaster in warp speed. And it’s maddening to me as a physician because a whole lot of people have died and are dying.”
– Sophie Carson, Alison Dirr and Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Dodgers’ Justin Turner left World Series Game 6 with positive COVID test
Minutes after the Los Angeles Dodgers clinched their first World Series title since 1988, Major League Baseball announced that third baseman Justin Turner had tested positive for COVID-19.
Fox broke the news on the postgame show following the Dodgers 3-1 win in Game 6 on Tuesday night at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, and Turner’s positive test was confirmed by commissioner Rob Manfred.
“Obviously we’re concerned when any of our players test positive,” Manfred said. “We learned during the game. He was immediately isolated to prevent spread.”
MLB had not reported a positive test in 57 days, and there was a soft bubble in place for the World Series.
– Jesse Yomtov
Hawaii to allow visitors from Japan with negative tests starting Nov. 6
Starting Nov. 6, Hawaii will allow visitors from Japan to bypass the state’s 14-day quarantine requirement if they test negative for the coronavirus within 72 hours of departing for the islands.
But Japanese travelers will still have to spend two weeks in quarantine upon returning home, which will likely limit the number of people taking advantage of the plan.
Hawaii earlier this month implemented a similar testing program for travelers from other parts of the U.S. Hawaii’s tourism-dependent economy gets more travelers from Japan than any other foreign country. Before the pandemic, the state would welcome about 5,000 visitors from Japan daily. Those numbers have dwindled to almost none.
NBA union head unsure about season’s potential start in December
With the NBA’s owners proposing to start next season around Christmas, should the players view it as an early holiday present? Or would they like to return the gift?
“I don’t know what I think yet,” Michele Roberts, the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday. “We are in the throes of discussing it and in the throes of evaluating what it means in terms of the revenue-related issues that have been raised. Frankly, we’re also spending some time trying to get information on what this means in respect to player health.”
Some of that information varies by team.
The NBA Finals ended on Oct. 11, leaving the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat with just over two months to recover before the proposed start of next season. But eight teams have not played since the NBA suspended the 2019-20 season on March 11 because of the coronavirus outbreak. After the NBA resumed at the quarantined campus near Orlando, six more teams ended their season by mid-August and another eight by late August.
– Mark Medina
White House science office lists ‘ending the COVID-19 pandemic’ as accomplishment
The White House’s science policy office on Tuesday listed “ending the COVID-19 pandemic” among the Trump administration’s first-term accomplishments, as the U.S. breaks records for new coronavirus cases daily.
A press release from the Office of Science and Technology Policy lists the “decisive actions to engage scientists and health professionals in academia, industry, and government to understand, treat, and defeat the disease” as a success.
However, the disease has not been defeated, and the White House has signaled they are not going to be able to control it before a vaccine is available.
The U.S. has reported 489,769 COVID-19 cases in the last week, according to a USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins University data. It’s another record high since July when the nation saw a peak in cases.
– Savannah Behrmann
Moving during COVID-19 pandemic could come with a massive pay cut
Though workers may no longer need to put up with tight spaces and high costs to land top work opportunities because of the pandemic, moving from the nation’s hottest job markets could cost them as much as 30%, according to new research Glassdoor shared exclusively with USA TODAY.
Whether they are decamping for a new job or signing on remotely for their current company, where employees clock in will increasingly determine how much they take home, Glassdoor chief economist Andrew Chamberlain told USA TODAY.
“Traditionally, wages almost never fall, but we are in an environment where I am basically predicting that wages will fall for a lot of jobs,” Chamberlain said. “The reason wages never fall is that workers never do things like this. They never pick up and move to radically different cities en masse.”
The Reserve Bank of Australia has confirmed today that Australia is officially out of recession which has astonished most people! This news has caught many people by surprise as if your live in Victoria the future is not so bright, just now. Across Australia even though funds are flowing and the Federal Government has achieved what most saw as impossible, they have navigated us through to the best possible position at this time.
The growth in the economy has been increasingly online through e-commerce which has boomed and has had to be achieved whilst many covid restrictions have been in place. Perth in Western Australia, which is the most remote State Capital City on the globe has remained the beneficiary of their geographical location and the ease of stopping incoming potentially covid positive people before they even enter the State. This being said, like most of Australia it has not been so lucky in it’s tourism industry. The local tourism industry has seen reductions of around 94% to 97% which urgently needs our help to stay alive.
My Local Pages is designed to assist our Locals, Community and Businesses that serve our communities across Australia. In taking this one step further our part to assist the economy recover the it’s current position is happening on many levels but today, we would like to announce we will be supporting the tourism industry by offering Australian holiday giveaways to not only encourage Australians but to actually make it happen. We do this as My Local Pages is here to support locals and communities across Australia. We will also be announcing further incentives to assist Australian businesses with huge discounts on small business marketing packages, designed to get their businesses operational, establish sales, retain customers and even provide e-commerce options for online stores made easy. Australia still has a long way to go getting back to where we were and My Local Pages will be doing our part to assist.