Orange County, Florida mayor asks residents to continue wearing masks regardless of vaccination status

Woman with Face Mask – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by JDzacovsky The Mayor of Orange County, Florida, is asking residents to wear face masks inside as the county’s COVID-19 positivity rates continue to climb.  According to Mayor Jerry Demings, the county’s fourteen-day rolling positivity rate currently sits at 7.78%. “Two weeks ago on June 28,

Want to cruise? Not so fast-Royal Caribbean announces unvaccinated travelers must carry travel insurance to board ships

Sunset Open Deck of Cruise Ship – Courtesy: Shutterstock: Image by Yevgen Belich Making headlines yet again, Royal Caribbean International announced Tuesday that it will require all guests over the age of 16 departing from U.S. ports, excluding Florida, to be fully vaccinated before boarding their ships. The announcement comes two weeks after a scheduled

Royal Caribbean pushes back debut sailing for new ship out of Florida after eight crew members test positive for COVID-19

Courtesy: Joe Raedle-Getty Images Royal Caribbean announced earlier this morning that it will push back its first scheduled sailing out of Florida’s Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale to the end of July. Originally scheduled for a July 3 departure, Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, Odyssey of the Seas, faced a predictable setback in its debut out

Royal Caribbean gets CDC green light to begin Simulated Sailings from PortMiami in June

Royal Caribbean Pool Deck – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by John Panella One month ago, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its “Framework for Conditional Sailing Order for Cruises” as a first step to allow ships to leave from U.S. seaports and resume cruising later this year. Tuesday, Royal Caribbean International became

Florida Theme Parks slowly returning to normalcy with loosened mask requirements

Dudley Do-Right Ripsaw Falls ride at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure theme park – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Kamira Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their mask mandate for fully vaccinated persons in a surprise move that will bring Americans one step closer to pre-pandemic “normalcy.” One day after

Florida to remain in COVID-19 state of emergency for another 60 days on DeSantis’ order

Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Kzenon Over 365 days have passed since the coronavirus pandemic gripped the entire nation back in March 2020. And while many people who live outside of Florida refuse to believe the state was under a state of emergency at any point in time during this span, they would be shocked

Bon Voyage: CDC gives Florida the green light to begin Cruise Ship sailings this summer

Courtesy: Shutterstock – photo By pisaphotography The time has come for cruising to reopen in the United States. After months of battling with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, major cruise liners will get their way and will be allowed to sail out of Florida this summer, beginning sometime around mid-July. In a

Popular Florida bar shuts down day after reopening its doors due to maskless patrons and insufficient social distancing

The Wharf Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Patrons without masks. Courtesy: South Florida Sun Sentinel – Photo sent in by Sunrise Mayor Mike Ryan A popular Broward County outdoor bar got the ax from county officials late Saturday night after videos and photos surfaced showing hundreds of maskless patrons in close proximity, ignoring

CDC “no-sail” order is lifted, but not so fast: Cruising cannot return until further approval of ship safety protocols

Courtesy: Shutterstock – photo By pisaphotography This weekend, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ‘no-sail’ order officially expired, allowing ships to return to sea. However, don’t expect to be onboard any time soon.  According to a release by the CDC on Friday, the “Framework for Conditional Sailing Order,” which replaces the no-sail order,  it

University of Florida researchers are testing sewage water to track COVID-19

Courtesy: Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay A new project is being conducted at the University of Florida by testing local sewage water to trace COVID-19. Yes. Water filled with human fecal matter and urine is being tested to track the virus. Researchers hope that by taking samples of sewage water from local manholes in