COVID19

Fearing Covid-19 Surge, Florida Officials Crack Down on Spring Breakers

MIAMI BEACH, Fla.—Nearly a year after some Florida spring breakers refused to let the coronavirus interrupt their parties and helped trigger a wave of lockdowns, this city is bracing for a fresh crop of revelers.

Though many colleges have canceled spring break to prevent students from congregating in vacation spots, officials here are expecting a large influx over the coming weeks. Flights and hotels are cheap. Brutal winter storms in much of the country left people yearning for an escape. And Florida’s pandemic rules on bars and nightclubs are more lenient than those in many states.

“We could potentially see

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Acqualina Resort Offers On-Site COVID-19 Testing for Hotel Guests

The new COVID laboratory testing complements Acqualina’s extensive health and safety program, offering high hygiene standards and cleanliness throughout the hotel. The resort is one of only three Five-Star hotels globally with health safety accreditations from Sharecare and Forbes Travel Guide and the Global Biorisk Advisory Council.

To assure confidence, convenience and peace of mind for guests, Acqualina Resort & Residences, located in Miami’s Sunny Isles Beach, is now offering on-site COVID-19 testing through Spector Scientific Lab, LLC. The new COVID laboratory testing complements Acqualina’s extensive health and safety program, offering high hygiene standards and cleanliness throughout the hotel. The

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Cancun loosens COVID-19 restrictions ahead of spring break travel

Unlike some spring-break hot spots in Florida, Cancun is actually easing its COVID-19 restrictions.

With spring-break travel fast approaching, popular tourist destinations in Mexico like Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum are raising capacity limits from 30% to 60% at hotels, restaurants and beaches, Quintana Roo government officials announced on Twitter.  Attractions and group tours will also be allowed to operate at 60% capacity. 

Nightclubs and bars will stay closed, the guidance says.

Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. (iStock). 

Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. (iStock). 

Travelers visiting Mexico also need to register with the government online and show proof of registration via a QR code received

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Miami hotels offering COVID-19 testing to guests and staff

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Robert Blaisdell, owner of Blue Med Consultants performs a PCR test on Asha Wedermier, a front desk agent at SLS Brickell on Monday, February 8, 2021. SLS Brickell and several other Miami hotels are starting to offer on-site COVID-19 testing for guests and staff.

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With South Florida’s critical tourism economy still struggling, an increasing number of Miami hotels are trying to eliminate one pandemic travel hassle — getting a COVID test.

Hospitality brand sbe is now offering on-site tests at its four Miami properties, following the W South Beach in January. The PCR test option is

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