The state of Florida was one of the first ones to relax COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in the early stages of the pandemic. And despite taking an immense amount of heat from politicians and health experts, they managed to do well for themselves.
And they’re not buying into the “fear p*rn” of a possible second COVID-19 wave. Especially not Governor Ron DeSantis, who has made a rather unexpected series of announcements:
- Bars and restaurants no longer have to operate at less than 100% capacity
- Local governments CANNOT collect fines or close businesses due to issues such as mandatory mask-wearing requirements
- If needed, and with adequate justification, local governments can restrict bar and restaurant capacity to 50%
This is a huge announcement! Effectively, any restrictions on businesses at the state level are gone. The right to operate a business and work at your job has been restored. Governments can still regulate and limit businesses, but no one can fully stop them.
Good on DeSantis for once again taking the first step when everyone else is too scared to do so. With the number of new daily infections and deaths from COVID-19 going down, along with hospitalizations, it’s time to start returning to some degree of normalcy.
But what do YOU think about DeSantis’ new order? Is he on the right path, or is this move being made far too soon? Share your thoughts with us by replying to the newsletter!
The Fate of Cruise Lines Hangs in the Balance…
The American cruise-line industry is facing a crisis of its own right now.
A few months ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a “No Sail Order” back in March in order to protect cruise companies and its passengers from contracting the coronavirus.
The expiration date for this order was initially set to be September 30th (this coming Wednesday). We’re only two days away, and the fate of the cruise companies is uncertain. They’ve outlined a 74-step plan on how hygiene and safety will become a much bigger priority going forward.
All of the companies’ top executives – from Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, and others – have banded together in an all-out effort to save their industry from facing an untimely death.
Yet this same fate isn’t exactly a problem for cruise lines operating in Europe and Asia, as they’ve already had a few successful trips under their belt.
Although their passenger capacity is limited to a few hundred guests, they’ve managed to press on and prove they can safely provide a worthwhile vacation experience without fear of a COVID-19 outbreak.
And as far as we know it, the CDC actively sought out advice from the general public about their thoughts and feelings in regard to the fate of cruises. But there’s no telling if the overall response will be positive, neutral, or negative.
Which leads me to the question I have for you: What do YOU think the final decision from the CDC will be? Will cruise line companies in America finally be allowed to set sail again, or will they be forced to sit on the sidelines for several more months?
Reply to this newsletter and share your predictions with us!
$5.5 Billion for American Airlines from the US Federal Government
There is light at the end of the funnel for US-based airlines, with American Airlines slated to receive the very first slice of the money pie.
American Airlines has tapped into a $5.5 billion loan issued by the Treasury Department, but not all at once: They’ve burned through $550 million, and the remaining money comes from carriers such as Southwest and Delta that have declined to use the loan money.
In other words, money that could have been used as early as March when the CARES Act stimulus fund put aside billions for all airlines in the United States to use.
(Believe it or not: If other airlines do not use the funds earmarked to them, they can be freely used by other airlines.)
Of course, there are terms and conditions they have to abide to. No stock buybacks, limited executive compensation, and keep all employees on payroll.
But this won’t be enough. All of the airlines are hoping that they will be funded with $25 billion in federal grants over the next six months until April 2021, and the October 1st expiration date happens this Thursday. Either the airlines get the aid they need, or +70,000 jobs will disappear into thin air…
Your Next Working Vacation Should Be in One of Japan’s National Parks
National parks are usually reserved for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts who want to expose themselves to all the beauty and fresh air that Mother Nature has to offer. But in Japan, they’re being leveraged as part of a generous work-from-home package.
The Japanese Environmental Ministry has taken it upon themselves to turn their national parks into lucrative remote workstations. Campsites and hotels that were formerly used as resting points will now have high-speed WiFi access and installed workstations you can rent for short periods of time.
And here’s the interesting part: To expand upon this initiative further, temporary workstations will be built right in the parks themselves. Tents, hotspot devices, and portable power stations will be installed… along with food provided to remote workers.
It’s a bold move for Japan to take their most sacred property and offer it up for common use. But like many other countries heavily reliant on tourism, the current pandemic does not afford them the luxury and privilege of being picky.
Beggars can’t be choosers. It’s time for everyone to pull out the stops and withdraw every card they have hiding up their sleeves. And besides, who WOULDN’T want to work and relax in the scenic views of nature?
From Los Angeles to Las Vegas in Under 3 Hours: The Newest High-Speed Train Route You’ve Always Wanted
If you always dreamed of a high-speed train line that takes you from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in a short period of time, you’re in luck!
Brightline Holdings, the USA’s infamous private passenger rail service, has just secured a $3.2 billion sale from the government and from private investors to build a 260-mile line between both cities. Coming in at around 169 miles, the train will blast away at the speed of 200 miles per hour and take under 3 hours to get from one city to the other.
One trip is expected to cost somewhere in the ballpark from $80, and the entire project will cost around $8 billion to fully finance. In terms of economic impact, this job alone will lead to over $800 million in revenues for local and federal taxes, while employing 30,000 people in the construction sector.
This is one of many ventures by Brightline to connect cities that are several hundred miles apart via high-speed trains. The perfect mode of transportation where flying is too quick but driving is too long. They already had some success in connecting Miami to West Palm Beach, and they’re in the works to expand the Florida line towards the airport in Orlando.
I’d love to see it, frankly. Being in an air-conditioned train beats driving through the desert or burning alive in a stuffed and sweaty airport with other people!
Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions at All-Time Low
With the inactivity going around all over the world, it’s only natural that global carbon dioxide emissions have achieved record lows. Levels that we haven’t seen since 14 years ago, meaning it’s the lowest drop in history.
You would think this would call for a much-needed celebration amongst environment-focused scientists and politicians focusing on making all of our energy sources “green.” But it’s not enough. For them, this is only the start of doubling down even further to get our global emissions as low as possible.
According to scientific data, 80% of emission sources have been untouched during the pandemic. This is despite travel activity, merchandise consumption, and eating at restaurants coming out to lows we never thought would ever happen in modern times.
The annual reduction of global emissions in 2020 is projected to be 7% if the current lockdown restrictions remain the same… which is just below the 7.6% reduction that the United Nations says must be maintained over 10 more years to stop the global temperature from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius.
I’m not writing all this to provide you with a science lesson. I’m writing this to show you that nothing is ever enough for the hippies and the climate change alarmists. Even during a global health crisis, they want MORE. They will stop at nothing until all of the productive human activity that shapes progress and innovation is completely sucked out of our spirits.