Travel operator Saga says all customers must have a Covid vaccine – but is it legal?

Travel operator Saga has announced that its customers will have to be vaccinated from Covid before being able to travel with them (Photo: Shutterstock)
Travel operator Saga has announced that its customers will have to be vaccinated from Covid before being able to travel with them (Photo: Shutterstock)

Travel operator Saga has announced that its customers will have to be vaccinated from Covid before being able to travel with them.

The firm said it has put these measures in place for all of its holidays and cruises in order to protect its customers, and provide “the safest possible experience.”

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Retail park footfall boosted by lockdown fatigue and ‘leisure-based’ trips



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Shoppers flocked to retail parks last month in bigger numbers than were recorded during the first national lockdown, as fatigue with restrictions has set in, according to the latest research.

Footfall at retail parks was down 42.1 per cent in January, compared to the 68.1 per cent drop reported in April, as consumers visited for “leisure-based trips” to supermarkets, click and collect stores and takeaway coffee shops. 

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The research by retail data provider Springboard suggests there is “pent-up demand”

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Bangor Parks & Recreation offers discounted tickets for skiers

BANGOR — Bangor Parks & Recreation is offering discounted lift tickets to Sugarloaf Mountain at a price way below what the ski resort normally charges. These tickets are to be used on Sunday, Feb. 7. 

Available are one-day tickets for Sunday, Feb. 7. Rates are $56 for adults, young adults (6-18) $50 and seniors (65+) $50. Purchase your tickets online at www.bangorparksandrec.com or at our Recreation Office by 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4. 

Those with tickets purchased through this program must meet at The Rack restaurant (5016 Access Road, Carrabassett Valley) on Sunday morning between 8:15 and 9:30 a.m.

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No refund for a canceled hotel in Mexico?

DEAR TRAVEL TROUBLESHOOTER: I booked a week at the Senses Riviera Maya by Artisan in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, for spring break. The pandemic happened, and we had to cancel our vacation. I contacted Expedia and it helped me get a refund for my flights. But the hotel will not issue a refund. An Expedia representative said I should get a refund for the hotel, too. But the hotel will not give me my money back.

Christopher Elliott, the Travel Troubleshooter 

Interestingly, my brother had reservations at the same hotel. The hotel refunded him. I tried to dispute the charges

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DOH confident quarantine protocols won’t be violated as Baguio City allows leisure travelers



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The Department of Health has expressed confidence that COVID-19 quarantine protocols will be strictly implemented in Baguio City.

Health Undersecretary Rosario Vergeire made the response Friday after the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) decided to allow hotels in Baguio City to accept travelers for tourism or leisure purposes.

The IATF’s policy was issued less than two weeks after Baguio City mMyor Benjamin Magalong and a handful of celebrities drew sharp criticisms for partying in a posh hotel in the Summer Capital of the Philippines, with the dancing of the crowd without wearing a mask captured in videos that have since

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Arcata City Council Passes Vacation Rental Ordinance, Reduces Permit Cap to 100 Units | Lost Coast Outpost

Arcata City Council members (clockwise from top left) Stacey Atkins-Salazar, Sarah Schaefer, Emily Goldstein, Brett Watson (Sofia Pereira recused herself on this discussion)

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During Wednesday night’s meeting, the Arcata City Council passed an ordinance that places stricter regulations on vacation rentals and caps the number of these rentals allowed in the city at 100. The vote was 3-1, with Councilmember Sarah Shaefer dissenting. Mayor Sofia Pereira recused herself because she rents an AirBnB and felt it would be a conflict of interest.

Under the new ordinance, vacation rental owners will have to apply for a permit and complete a

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