Coronavirus Latest News
Instead of blasting you with coronavirus (COVID-19) news every hour, I’m putting together a roundup of news that I come across during the day. Here you can read about US economy shrinking at a 4.8% annualized pace, Swedish city to dump chicken manure in park to deter visitors, Disney won’t be the same when it reopens, 49 Simon Mall and Outlet locations are set to reopen and Ski resorts announce season pass policies.
The world’s largest economy shrank at a 4.8% annualized pace in the first quarter, the biggest slide since 2008 and the first contraction since 2014, as the need to fight the coronavirus forced businesses to close and consumers to stay home.
The university town of Lund in Sweden is to dump a tonne of chicken manure in its central park in a bid to deter up to 30,000 residents from gathering there for traditional celebrations to mark Walpurgis Night on Thursday.
Florida has pushed faster than other states to reopen, but with tourism being such a large part of their economy, they definitely want to be careful. These guidelines come from their recent meeting and are not final procedures. These are recommendations and will adjust as data and circumstances change.
49 Simon Mall and Outlet locations are set to reopen this weekend, but gift cards will probably not be available until June.
Like all aspects of the travel industry, ski resorts were impacted by COVID-19 in an unprecedented way. Ski resorts across North America were shuttered mid-March, causing an abrupt end to the popular spring season. A mass exodus of seasonal employees quickly followed, leaving a skeleton staff to process hotel, equipment, and lesson refunds.