Maui Mayor Michael Victorino is implementing a county-wide ‘health pass’ starting September 15 where visitors to restaurants must show proof of vaccination, according to Maui Now.

Victorino said the health pass is similar to, but not as restrictive as, the Safe Access Oahu program.

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The Oahu program is for restaurants, bars, gyms, movie theaters, museums, arcades and other similar establishments. The Maui program is just for restaurants for now, although that could change.

“For Maui we have a modified version, where customers would be required to show vaccination–vaccination cards, or some sort of verification,” Victorino said during a press briefing hosted by Governor David Ige on Friday afternoon.

Those who don’t have proof of vaccination may be allowed to utilize outside seating areas or order take out as options.

Ige said the idea of a health pass, in which customers are required to provide proof they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to enter certain businesses, is something that is being handled differently on different islands.

“We certainly have been discussing whether we want to require employees and customers in targeted businesses to be vaccinated,” he said. “We are building the infrastructure to allow verification of vaccination–for those vaccinated in the islands. I do and have acknowledged, as we discussed this with all the mayors, that every county is different and that different actions might be necessary.”

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Italy has said there will be a zero tolerance policy against demonstrators who block trains to oppose a Green Pass requirement.

Passengers are only be allowed to use certain public transport if they show a Green Pass, which proves recent vaccination, a negative COVID test in the past 48 hours or recovery from the disease in the last six months.

The rule, announced some weeks ago, applies to domestic flights, train travel between regions and sea travel. Some ferries are exempt, such as those serving many tiny islands which have no other connections to the mainland, and those used by commuters between Sicily and the southern tip of the mainland in Calabria.

Local buses, trams and metros are exempt from the rule, which was announced by Premier Mario Draghi’s government when daily caseloads started steadily rising as the delta variant of the virus became prevalent in Italy.

Italy’s Green Pass is already being used for those wanted to dine indoors, go to gyms or attend crowded venues like concerts.

On the eve of the new transport rules, Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese vowed zero-tolerance against any rail track protests or other violence.

Several recent protests against the Green Pass requirement, including in Rome and Milan, turned violent, with police having to rescue a state TV journalist after a protester started yanking her by her hair, and a newspaper reporter was punched repeatedly in the face. Ministers and doctors have received threats.

Lamorgese voiced “the strictest condemnation of the attacks launched with unacceptable tones on social networks against members of the government, politicians, doctors and journalists over the ‘green pass’ and containment measures against the spread of COVID-19.”

Police are investigating the incidents.

“No illegal acts will be permitted in protest initiatives at train stations” billed by organisers for Wednesday, Lamorgese said.

Militants of an extreme-right group, New Force, as well as some members of extreme-left organizations have participated in the rallies.

So far, some 70% of Italy’s residents 12 years or older have been fully vaccinated. But experts have voiced concern that many people in the 50-69 age group haven’t received vaccines nor signed up for them.

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They are here! New Walt Disney World Annual Pass Options are back starting September 8, 2021. After Disneyland Resort introduced their Magic Key Pass program, once again AP holders get their chance to bring more magic home. As the 50th anniversary of Magic Kingdom approaches, Disney shared today via the Disney Parks Blog that they will once again invite new Walt Disney World Annual Passholders to be a part of this beloved program!

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Walt Disney World Annual Pass Options Available Next Month

From Disney:

We are introducing four new Annual Passes offering the flexibility and choice to meet guest needs, each designed based on Passholder feedback. These passes will help our biggest fans experience all that’s to come during “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” – from new attractions and nighttime spectaculars to dazzling decorations at all four theme parks and more!

As we approach Disney World’s 50th-anniversary celebration, four unique passes will be available: The top-tier Disney Incredi-Pass, the Disney Sorcerer Pass, the Disney Pirate Pass, and the most affordable option, the Disney Pixie Dust Pass. Leaving behind a single exclusive Florida Resident option (they have a few options as well as DVC being included in some), all four Annual Passholder passes will be available for purchase on September 8, 2021, and offer a few different benefits or cons like blockout dates. All Walt Disney World Annual Pass options include savings of up to 20% on dining, merchandise, and more.

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Within the new annual pass program, the top-tier Disney Incredi-Pass will set a user back $1299, which is a fair amount as we thought the price point was going to be much higher. Payment plans are available for Florida residents, and this pass has no theme park blackout dates. Incredi-Pass users will be able to have up to 5 theme park reservations at a time!

The Disney Sorcerer Pass still provides some great benefits, like an $899 price point, park hopping, etc., with the only “con” being blackout dates starting at this tier (and below). It should be noted that this park pass is only available to Florida Residents AND DVC members.

Florida residents are really in luck here, being the only ones able to purchase the Disney Pirate Pass, and most affordable option, the Disney Pixie Dust Pass. These passes are $699 and $399 respectively, have lots of blackout dates and seasons, and have limited Park Reservation options.

Here, we can find Walt Disney World Resort’s breakdown of the new items available to Annual Passholders: Available will be a newly integrated Calendar, planning options, PhotoPass add-on purchases, Water Park purchases, and blackout date viewing. You will be able to have more Park reservations at a single time and adding of “bonus reservations!”

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Here, we can find Walt Disney World Resort’s breakdown of the new items available to Annual Passholders: Available will be a newly integrated Calendar, planning options, PhotoPass add-on purchases, Water Park purchases, and

ROME — With daily COVID-19 cases sharply rising again, Italy will soon require people to have passes reflecting their health status to access gyms, museums, movie theaters, the inside of restaurants and other venues.

Premier Mario Draghi’s government approved a decree Thursday ordering the use of the so-called “green” passes starting on Aug. 6. To be eligible for a pass, individuals must prove they have received at least one vaccine dose in the last nine months, recovered from COVID-19 in the last six months or tested negative in the previous 48 hours.

The passes will be needed to dine at tables inside restaurants or cafes, to attend sports events, town fairs and conferences, and to enter casinos, bingo parlors and pools, among other activities. according to officials.

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The certification is needed “to keep economic activity open″ and will allow people to enjoy entertainment ”with the assurance they won’t be next to contagious people,” Draghi said.

“The Italian economy is going well. It’s reviving, and Italy is growing at a rhythm superior to that of other EU nations,″ the premier told reporters. 

Some 40 million people in Italy have already downloaded a “green pass,” Health Minister Roberto Speranza said. He noted that the certification is already required to attend wedding receptions and to visit residents of care homes.

More than half of people in Italy older than 12 and thus eligible for COVID-19 vaccines have received two doses, and several million more have received a first dose.

But fueled in part by huge street celebrations after Italy’s wins in the recent European soccer championships this month, new daily cases have climbed again. Health experts say the delta variant of the coronavirus is rapidly gaining traction in much of Italy, facilitating transmission.

Still, thanks to vaccination, “pressure on hospitals is strongly diminished,″ Draghi said. While Italy was reporting nearly 400 virus-related deaths a day four months ago, the number has been far lower lately, with fewer than a dozen deaths recorded on some recent days.

“The vaccine campaign permitted the economy to revive,″ Draghi said. ”The first thing I have to say is to invite all Italians to get vaccinated and to do it right away.”

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Rome — The coronavirus pandemic has made travel more complicated for everyone, from airlines to security personnel and, of course, passengers. Europe has started cutting some of the red tape limiting international travel with its own version of a COVID-19 “passport.”

Now, for many Europeans looking to move around the continent, the “Green Pass” is as important an item to check off the travel preparation list as tickets and bags.

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A man shows his COVID-19 Digital Green Certificate, or “Green Pass,” to show his vaccination and COVID-19 testing status for travel, on June 30, 2021, in Turin, Italy.

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As CBS News correspondent Chris Livesay reports, at check-in, passengers can now use the smartphone app to show they’ve been vaccinated, tested negative, or recovered from the virus before they board.

“We’re lucky to have an app that’s so easy to use,” said Leo Roussell as he prepared to fly from Paris to Corsica.

Livesay gave the Green Pass app a try himself in Rome, and he also found it pretty straight forward.  

“We need to reconnect people and societies in a safe way,” said Ivan Bassato, the chief aviation officer for Rome’s airports. “People don’t travel only for holiday. They travel to meet parents that they haven’t seen in more than a year. During a pandemic, we need to ensure as an industry that it’s done safely.”

The Green Pass, said Bassato, “is a very smart, safe tool to ensure that these conditions are observed.”

To be clear, no one is forcing Europeans to use the app. Many people still carry hard copies of their COVID-19 information, to prove vaccination status or recent test results.

As for concerns about handing over sensitive health data, there’s nothing on the app that travelers aren’t required to hand over already — information like names and when you had your last COVID test.

What the app does, however, is slash the time it takes officials to check all those records at travel hubs among travelers from different countries, in different formats and languages.


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Without the Green Pass, American travelers like Eleni Makriannis and James Shay have to keep track of their various coronavirus-related documents on their own.

“It’s a lot of paperwork,” Makriannis told CBS News.

“I think every country should have something at that nationalized level, for the citizens’ safety,” said Shay.

“Something electronic versus a piece of paper,” added Makriannis.

At the Rome airport, Bassato said a similar system in the U.S. would make travel easier for everyone – Europeans going to the U.S. and Americans coming to Europe. But given how much the notion of a “COVID passport” has been politicized, he said he didn’t expect anything like it in the U.S. anytime soon.  

BRUSSELS  – European lawmakers said Thursday that COVID-19 certificates aimed at facilitating travel across the European Union should be enough to move freely this summer, a position likely to clash with member states’ prerogatives in their upcoming negotiations.

EU legislators said Thursday in their negotiating position on the European Commission’s proposal that EU governments should not impose quarantines, tests, or self-isolation measures on certificate holders.

The EU’s executive arm proposed last month that the certificates would be delivered to EU residents who can prove they have been vaccinated, and also to those who tested negative for the virus or have proof they recovered from it.

The Commission’s goal is to boost travel from one member state to another during the pandemic. But since border control is a competence of member states, each of the 27 EU countries will remain entitled to add extra requirements for granting access to its soil.

“What’s the point in having a common European scheme if then member states can, whenever they feel like it, ignore the certificate and impose additional restrictions?” lawmaker Sophie in ’t Veld said during the debate. “Citizens want their rights, they want their freedom, they want to travel.”

Following Wednesday’s vote, the results of which were announced Thursday, negotiations between the European Parliament and the EU Council can start, with the goal of having a deal approved in June, ahead of the summer season.

In their resolution, EU lawmakers added that member states should “ensure universal, accessible, timely and free-of-charge testing” to avoid discrimination against those who have yet to be vaccinated and will travel on the basis of PCR tests. According to the Commission’s predictions, about 70% of the EU adult population will be vaccinated by the end of the summer.

In March, the Commission proposed that the certificates should be suspended once the World Health Organization declares the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. Legislators said they should be in place for a maximum of 12 months and will “neither serve as a travel document nor become a precondition to exercise the right to free movement.”

“Member states must coordinate their response in a safe manner and ensure the free movement of citizens within the EU,” said Juan Fernando López Aguilar, the chair of the Parliament’s civil liberties committee. “Vaccines and tests must be accessible and free for all citizens.”

As for the list of vaccines that could be included in the scheme, lawmakers agreed with the Commission’s proposal that all vaccines rubber-stamped by the European Medicines Agency should be automatically recognized. They also offered EU countries the possibility to include other vaccines listed by the WHO for emergency use.

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People looking for work in West Northumberland are being offered places on a cut-price training courses with guaranteed jobs at the end.

As outdoor pools reopen on April 12, managers at Haltwhistle Swimming & Leisure Centre are looking to hire at least 14 new lifeguards.

And successful recruits will be offered subsidised training with formal qualifications before they start the role.

The week-long course, which will lead to a recognised Royal Life Saving Society UK qualification, would usually cost around £350 to attend, but it’s being “heavily subsidised” in a bid to “open up the opportunity to as many local people as possible, regardless of their financial situations”.

Training will cover a wide range of different areas, including water rescue, first aid skills and delivering CPR, as well as health and safety regulations and site-specific information about the Haltwhistle pool.

The week will end with a formal assessment, with jobs at the pool being guaranteed for all those who pass.

Applicants must be at least 16 and will have to complete a swimming competency test before beginning the course.

Maxine Wilson, manager at Haltwhistle Swimming & Leisure Centre, said: “Many of our former lifeguards have either had to find alternative work over the last year or are students who are either elsewhere or unavailable, so we’re looking to put a new team in place as quickly as we can.

“We need up to five lifeguards on duty at our busiest times of the year and having a fully qualified team of at least 14 people means we’ll always have enough lifeguards available to fulfil our responsibilities.

“We’ll be able to guarantee regular work through to September for anyone that successfully completes the training course, and as well as giving them the accreditation they need right now, it will also equip them with transferable skills that they can use in both future roles and everyday life.

“This sort of detailed, intensive training naturally comes at a cost, but the generous support we’ve had from Newcastle Building Society will make it much more widely accessible across our community and will open up new local employment opportunities that might otherwise have been out of reach for many.”

Funding for the subsidised courses has been provided by the Newcastle Building Society Community Fund at the Community Foundation, which offers grants to local charities and community groups.

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In the first part of 2021, the Society is directing its support to a range of employability and food poverty projects, helping communities recover from the impact of Covid-19.

Hannah Samuel, manager at Newcastle Building Society’s Hexham branch, said: “Haltwhistle Swimming & Leisure Centre is a real community asset and will have been greatly

ROANOKE, Va. – The next time you board a flight, you may need to bring a different type of passport to the airport.

The Biden administration is working on a vaccine passport that would be used for work, school and international travel to prove you received the vaccine.

Travel is starting to pick up as more people are getting vaccinated and that’s why the vaccine passport may be needed. However, the concept is not new.

Dr. Noelle Bissell, the director of the New River Health District, points out how travelers already have to carry a yellow card when headed to countries with yellow fever.

“It wouldn’t be unheard of if they do start requiring people to prove their vaccination before they travel,” she said.

But Brad Boettcher with Roanoke Blacksburg Regional Airport said security of personal information is something to think about.

Also, if the vaccine passport is on a digital app, Boettcher said travelers without smartphones may have a problem.

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With vaccination cards already being forged, he worries vaccine passports will be too.

“So that’s one of those other issues that is a question that has to be resolved,” he said.

It’s important to know that even if a traveler has the vaccine, it doesn’t mean where they are headed is in the clear.

“Not all countries globally have the vaccine rollout as quickly as we have it here in the U.S,” he said. “Some of these other countries that are behind in vaccinating their populations might be hesitant even with the passport.”

And with health equity still an issue, Boettcher said vulnerable communities waiting for a vaccine may also have to wait longer to gain the opportunity to travel.

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The European Union’s executive body proposed Wednesday issuing certificates that would allow EU residents to travel freely across the 27-nation bloc by the summer as long as they have been vaccinated, tested negative for COVID-19 or recovered from the disease.

With summer looming and tourism-reliant countries anxiously waiting for the return of visitors amid the coronavirus pandemic, the European Commission foresees the creation of certificates aimed at facilitating travel between EU member nations. The plan is set to be discussed during a summit of EU leaders next week,

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen gestures after participating in a media conference on the Commissions response to the coronavirus on March 17, 2021. (John Thys, Pool via AP)

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen gestures after participating in a media conference on the Commissions response to the coronavirus on March 17, 2021. (John Thys, Pool via AP)

“We all want the tourist season to start. We can’t afford to lose another season,” European Commission Vice President Vera Jourova told Czech public radio. “Tourism, and also culture and other sectors that are dependent on tourism, terribly suffer. We’re talking about tens of millions of jobs.”

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The topic of vaccine certificates has been under discussion for weeks in the EU, where it proved to be divisive. The travel industry and southern European countries with tourism-dependent economies like Greece and Spain have pushed for the quick introduction of a program that would help eliminate quarantines and testing requirements for tourists.

But several other EU members, including France, argued that it would be premature and discriminatory to introduce such passes since a large majority of EU citizens haven’t had access to vaccines so far.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, center, European Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton, left, and European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders participate in a media conference on the Commissions response to the coronavirus on March 17, 2021. (John Thys, Pool via AP)

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, center, European Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton, left, and European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders participate in a media conference on the Commissions response to the coronavirus on March 17, 2021. (John Thys, Pool via AP)

To secure the participation of all member countries, the commission proposed delivering free “Digital Green Certificates” to EU residents who can prove they have been vaccinated against COVID-19, but also to those who have tested negative for the virus or can prove they recovered from it.

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“Being vaccinated will not be a precondition to travel,” the European Commission said. “All EU citizens have a fundamental right to free movement in the EU, and this applies regardless of whether they are vaccinated or not. The Digital Green Certificate will make it easier to exercise that right, also through testing and recovery certificates.”

According to data compiled by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, less than 5% of European citizens have been fully vaccinated amid delays in the delivery and production of vaccines. The European Commission says it remains confident that it can achieve its goal of having 70% of the EU’s adult population vaccinated by the end of the summer.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the travel certificates “will help boost tourism and the economies that rely heavily on

SAN DIEGO, March 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Generali Global Assistance and its affiliated companies (“GGA”) today announced that it will be supporting upcoming smart vaccination and digital health pass initiatives by adding custom options to their Travel Insurance offerings and endorsing the Good Health Pass and the World Health Organization’s (“WHO”)  Smart Vaccination Certificate Working Group initiatives.

Generali Global Assistance, one of the leading travel insurance and service provider organizations, according to U.S. News & World Report, will tailor certain travel insurance offerings to accommodate numerous new entry requirements across the globe. GGA also endorses various smart vaccination and digital health pass initiatives that provide customers with a reliable source of information for continuously-changing country requirements. Successful implementation of these initiatives will allow travelers to verify their coverage prior to departure and give them an opportunity to update certain coverage limits, such as medical coverage, in accordance with the destination country’s requirements. GGA will also continue covering epidemic-related illnesses as a covered reason to cancel or interrupt a trip, along with reimbursements for emergency medical care, emergency medical transportation, change fees, and loyalty points redeposit fees.

Chris Carnicelli, CEO of Generali Global Assistance, commented on the news, “As a travel insurance provider, we want to play a leading role in creating a seamless travel experience for our customers. As a result, we chose to endorse some of the leading smart vaccination and digital health pass initiatives while tailoring our offerings to accommodate the growing number of new entry requirements around the globe. We look forward to adding value to these cross-sector initiatives by leveraging our extensive experience mitigating risks for individuals and institutions to help facilitate the return of international travel and reinvigorate the global economy.”

GGA will also be endorsing some of these smart vaccination and digital health pass initiatives to provide customers with a reliable source of information for the continuously changing country requirements. GGA will be supporting the Good Health Pass, an open, inclusive, and cross-sector initiative, bringing together leading companies and organizations from the technology, health, and travel sectors. It will also be supporting the WHO’s Smart Vaccination Certificate Working Group, a consortium focused on establishing standards for a common architecture for a digital smart vaccination certificate to support the anticipated vaccine(s) against COVID-19 and other immunizations.

Carnicelli concluded, “As a company focused on caring for our customers during their most difficult moments with products that directly impact their travel experience, we felt it was our duty to play a proactive role in promoting a smooth return to travel through these initiatives.”

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Generali Global Assistance (GGA) is a leading brand comprised of Travel Insurance & Assistance, Medical Risk & Home Care Management, Identity & Cyber Protection, as well as other care services. GGA is part of the Generali Group, which for over 190 years has provided peace of mind to its clients and their customers and is now supported by more than 72,000 employees worldwide. Our success has been