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...and Disneyland.  The Happiest Place in the world is closed!

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UK and Ireland added to travel not-quite-ban list.

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White House extends travel ban on the United Kingdom and Ireland on all foreign nationals with effect from midnight on Monday.  US Citizens Green card holders and certain exemptions do apply.  

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....and President Ramaphosa just announced pretty drastic measures in SA - including banning foreign nationals from entering SA from certain countries - including the USA.

So, if somone did not keep their SA citizenship, for example, they are now unable to go to SA.  SA nationals still can....but may be subject to quarantine.  

 

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SA measures are drastic but I think justified. Because of the prevalence of TB/HIV, the at-risk portion of the population in SA is both larger and younger than many other countries.

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I think is a good move. Last week SAA flew back planeload of SouthAfricans from Wuhan, China. If SA can prevent Foreign Nationals in the country that may have the virus, their health care system will be overwhelmed. it may ding the economy.  We have fallen into a Global recession anyway, So good for them for taking the initiative. My family who works in Cape Town were asked if they can work from home, and what computer equipment will they need to be set up. so this is a good move as the Covid -19 will be with us for the next 8 weeks to six months. in Manhattan, NY. The metro is running virtually empty at the moment. It sounds like a lot of restaurants, bars and nightclubs will be closed down pretty soon. 

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US consulates in SA have stopped issuing non immigrant visas till May 31, but are still issuing immigrant visas. This is relatively good news for our forum members - a number of other countries (including in Africa) have seen US suspend all visa issuance including immigrant. 
https://za.usembassy.gov/cancellation-of-nonimmigrant-visa-appointments-from-march-16-2020-until-may-19-2020/

 

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There is going to be an announcement from the White House at 3 pm Eastern of a possible curfew across many States to curb the Virus spread. Full details are still unknown but they are working on it.  

 

Just in: The state of Maryland has announced the shut down of all restaurants, movie theaters, bars, and gyms from 5:00 pm Tonight. 

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Canada closes its borders, but US citizens are exempt for now - this could change!

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**Update- the ban on bars and restaurants is now across the entire state of Colorado**
Here in Denver - just announced that ALL bars and restaurants are shut down immediately until MAY!  (except for take-out and delivery).  This is the city of Denver, so not the entire metro area - yet, but going to be very, very hard on those who work in the industry.  I suspect more cities in the metro area will follow suit.
Growing list of states and cities doing the same.

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Bay Area (6 counties)  “shelter in place” except for essential services till April 7. Groceries, pharmacies etc will remain open, and restaurants remain open for takeout /delivery. 
 

on the flipside, safeway has just announced 2000 new job openings in Northern California  to help keep up with demand, and amazon 100,000 and at a higher wage.... hopefully these help some people who’ve lost work elsewhere. 
 

 

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just been to Wholefoods they had no wet wipes to wipe the cart handle, all their dispensers are empty, so when you go out shopping take your own gloves and wipes with you.

They were sold out of Eggs and milk and advised if you want eggs, milk or chicken to be there at 7:30 am when they open they have long lines outside the store waiting.

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Do any of you have elderly parents back home in SA? I worry that with them at higher risk plus the quarantine being imposed on arrivals from the US, it is just impossible to get to a parent quickly if you need to. 

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3 hours ago, SJ272 said:

Do any of you have elderly parents back home in SA? I worry that with them at higher risk plus the quarantine being imposed on arrivals from the US, it is just impossible to get to a parent quickly if you need to. 

Indeed, must be a worry for many.  If an elderley parent is ill in SA, probably not the best time to see them anyhow - coming from a country with infections, and passing through a lot of high risk environments like airports etc - it would be all to easy to infect them with this.

The quarantine on arrival for South African citizens is self-quarantine anyhow - so not monitored (which can in itself cause many problems).  US Citizens won't even make it onto the plane - as the airline will know they are not admissable to South Africa right now - even if they were SA citizens in the past.  At least there are some  flights still coming and going - for now.

A friend coming back from London to the Bay Area said that most of the flights on the departure board at Heathrow bound for anywhere in the USA were showing as cancelled. Her flight, fortunately not.

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