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Starting next month, the United States will allow fully vaccinated foreign nationals to cross land borders for non-essential purposes, such as tourism or meeting friends and family.

The change will allow foreign tourists to enter the U.S. via land or ferry ports for the first time since March 2020. Government officials have not yet announced a date for the policy change, but it will take place “in early November” as the country’s international travel system has been updated.

“This is an important step that will further increase the safety of international travel and the safety of Americans at home,” senior administration officials told reporters. “These new vaccine requirements make it the best tool in our arsenal to ensure human safety and prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

Road, rail, and ferry travel between the U.S. and Canada and Mexico has been largely limited to major travel such as trade since the early days of the pandemic. The new rules, announced Wednesday, will allow fully vaccinated foreigners to enter the U.S. from the beginning of November, after similar restrictions are eased, regardless of the reason for traveling to the country.

By mid-January, travelers trying to enter the U.S., like truck drivers, will need to be fully vaccinated.

Also in the news:

►Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals have changed their direction and published evidence of vaccination is not required to participate in festivals in Indio.

►Atlanta Braves striker Jorge Soler was added to the COVID-19 injury list on Tuesday, two hours before his game against the Milwaukee Brewers in the 4th round of the National League Division.

►A citizen of Rhode Island was sentenced to 70 months in prison for COVID stimulation fraud. He received nearly $ 600,000 in incentive money from three different banks and spent that money on trips to Las Vegas and New Hampshire, Camaro, home repairs and online games.

📈 Today’s figures: More than 44 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 716,000 deaths have been reported in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University. Global total: more than 238 million cases and 4.8 million deaths. According to the CDC, more than 187 million Americans – 56 percent of the population – are fully vaccinated.

We’re what we’re reading: Managers and staff at a federal veterans nursing home in Illinois mismanaged the coronavirus epidemic in the fall of 2020, killing 11 people, after staff informed seniors about the threat of a pandemic. , a government investigation revealed. Read more here.

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Florida will be fined $ 3.57 million for its demand for vaccines

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has threatened to fine local governments for requiring their employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, giving Leon County a $ 3.57 million fine by Nov. 5.

In mid-September, DeSantis said it would not allow Floridians to be fired because of a vaccination assignment, and announced that it had begun imposing a $ 5,000 fine on each employee.

After Leon County administrator Vince Long made the vaccines a condition of employment, all 714 workers had been vaccinated by Oct. 1, or had received several benefits.

On Oct. 6, the Florida Department of Health notified Douglas Woodlief Long, director of the department, of the violation, which will be assessed in violation of state laws.

Democrat lawmakers representing Tallahassee warned that the governor had decided to impose a fine for the crime.

“The governor has gone too far,” Ramon Alexander D-Tallahasi said. “Local governments can’t just sit on their hands and have the ability to set emergency standards. Vaccines are an important tool to help us manage a pandemic.”

– Carl Etters, Democrat in Tallahassee

The Brooklyn Nets sent Kiri Irving out of team practice

NBA star Kairi Irving “will not play or train with his team until he is a full participant,” Brooklyn Nets CEO Sean Marks said in a statement Tuesday.

The NBA has tried to vaccinate players through education and health and safety protocols, which will make the season easier for vaccinated players and heavier for unvaccinated players.

New York City has a vaccine, according to which unvaccinated Irving and other players from the Nets and New York Knicks must be vaccinated to play at Barclays Center or Madison Square Garden.

Networks have come across a scenario where Irving plays home games, not road games – which is the best option for any team, especially a talented one (Kevin Durant, James Harden) to win an NBA championship – and eventually opted to play without points. if he is not vaccinated, guard.

– Jeff Zillgitt

Southwest, American Airlines Texas officials oppose governor for compliance with federal vaccination mandate

The country’s two largest airlines, Southwest Airlines and American Airlines, said Tuesday they plan to comply with federal law and require their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 despite Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s attempt to block such a mandate.

Last week, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines ordered its approximately 55,000 employees to be vaccinated against COVID 19 by Dec. 8. It is under the direction of President Joe Biden that all private companies with more than 100 employees in September will be vaccinated from employees or tested weekly for coronavirus.

Southwest said in a statement on Tuesday that the president’s order “overturns any state’s authority or law,” adding that the company must abide by Abbott’s “compliance as a federal contractor.”

-American statesman

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