May blooms and safety measures greet first visitors after Germany’s six-week lockdown Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBerlin’s botanical gardens, one of the city’s most loved green spaces, reopened its gates to the public on Tuesday with May flowers in bloom as Germans began to get used to leisure activities under a strict regime of face coverings, physical distancing and online booking.As the gardens welcomed their first visitors since mid March, visitors were promised “the fragrance of nectar in your nostrils, the sound of birdsong in your ear” in a welcome posted on the gardens’ online ticket shop. Continue reading...
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If you're traveling, be aware of coronavirus-related restrictions in 17 states — this map shows the rules
Some restrictions on nonessential travel are being lifted as governors ease lockdown orders. But 17 governors...Some restrictions on nonessential travel are being lifted as governors ease lockdown orders. But 17 governors have put statewide travel restrictions in place. Some require 14-day quarantines for travelers or a recent negative COVID-19 test. Many states have begun to reopen outdoor tourist attractions, but many indoor ones remain closed or limit visitor capacity. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. State lockdown orders may be less stringent than they were a month or two ago, but summer travel plans aren't a go everywhere yet. In Alaska and Maine, visitors are required to present a recent negative COVID-19 test. Fifteen states, meanwhile, require self-quarantines for incoming travelers: Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Nebraska, North Dakota, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. Their rules differ, however, depending on where the travelers are coming from (certain countries or states) and what mode of transportation they're taking (airplane or car). New York also directs anyone leaving the state to self-quarantine for two weeks when they arrive at their destination. Arizona, meanwhile, tells travelers not to go to Navajo Nation, which is seeing record per-capita coronavirus cases. Utah also urges caution for travelers going to the part of Navajo Nation in the southeastern area of that state. Although California doesn't have statewide travel restrictions in place, the San Francisco Bay Area still restricts nonessential travel. The map below shows state-by-state travel restrictions and where tourist destinations are open. Blue represents areas that don't have any restrictions in place, while red represents places with statewide travel rules. In the yellow states, restrictions vary by region. A list of state-by-state travel restrictions Many states' previous stay-at-home orders prohibited nonessential travel and reserved hotels for essential workers. In Delaware, for example, hotels were only allowed to serve essential workers or vulnerable citizens with no other place to stay from April 6 through May 15. In addition, most states temporarily closed tourist attractions that would ordinarily draw crowds. Here are the 17 states with travel restrictions in place. (States not mentioned below don't have any state-wide policies.) Alaska: Anyone who comes into the state must produce documentation of a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours to five days prior to their departure. Arizona: Directs travelers to avoid passing through Navajo Nation, which is experiencing a large outbreak. Connecticut: Travelers from states with positive COVID-19 rates of at least 10 cases per 100,000 residents must self-quarantine for 14 days. Florida: People traveling to the state from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut are required to self-quarantine for 14 days. Hawaii: People who travel to any of the islands must self-quarantine for 14 days. Idaho: A 14-day self-quarantine is encouraged for incoming travelers from another country or an area outside Idaho with substantially higher community spread or case rates. Illinois: Requires 14-day self-quarantines for people coming from China, Iran, and Italy. Kansas: Travelers from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, or New York must quarantine for 14 days. Maine: Requires travelers from everywhere except New Hampshire and Vermont to either undergo a 14-day self-quarantine or present a recent negative COVID-19 test. Nebraska: Directs all incoming international travelers to self-quarantine for 14 days. North Dakota: Directs all incoming international travelers to self-quarantine for 14 days. New Jersey: Individuals who travel from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah are required to self-quarantine for 14 days. New Mexico: Requires all incoming visitors to self-isolate for at least 14 days. New York: Individuals who travel from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah are required to self-quarantine for 14 days. The state also requires anyone leaving to self-isolate at their destination. Oklahoma: Mandates that individuals traveling from Connecticut, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, or Washington self-quarantine for 14 days Pennsylvania: Requires travelers from areas with "significant community spread" to self-quarantine for 14 days. Rhode Island: Requires travelers from areas with "significant community spread" to self-quarantine for 14 days. US federal policy requires all residents who have visited Brazil, China, Iran, the United Kingdom, Ireland, or Western Europe during the previous 14 days to return to the country through one of 13 airports where the government is doing additional screening procedures. Which tourist attractions are open? Different types of tourist attractions bring varying levels of risk. In general, the four risk factors to avoid are enclosed spaces, crowds, close contact with others, and situations that make social distancing difficult. So uncrowded hiking trails and beaches are less dangerous than, say, an interactive museum. For that reason, many states have already reopened outdoor tourist destinations. Alabama, Florida, Minnesota, and Missouri have reopened outdoor concert venues, for example, though they're limiting capacity so that visitors can maintain social distance. Arkansas, Idaho, South Carolina, and Tennessee have opened water parks. Most states have opened beaches, though some, like California and Florida, are mostly letting localities decide. Washington, DC allows outdoor tourist attractions like historical monuments to be open as well, though indoor ones remain closed. As for indoor destinations — like museums, restaurants, zoos, aquariums — some states have left it to counties to decide what to reopen (that's the case in Texas, for example). Others, such as California still have blanket bans on indoor museums and other recreational venues. Museums are reopening, however, in Alaska, Hawaii, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Ohio, and South Carolina. Under most stay-at-home orders, restaurants were allowed to sell food for takeout and delivery. Now, many states allow restaurants to host dine-in customers, with restrictions. Some states limit diners to outdoor seating, cap the number of patrons inside a space to 25% or 50% of its full capacity, or keep dine-in experiences reservation-only. In Nebraska, for example, restaurants can operate at half capacity.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Pathologists debunk 13 coronavirus myths
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Emilie Gordenker took over at the Amsterdam institution that attracts most of its visitors from abroad...Emilie Gordenker took over at the Amsterdam institution that attracts most of its visitors from abroad just months before the coronavirus lockdown began.