Coronavirus and travel: Everything you need to know

(CNN) — Bathed in the faint light at the end of the once seemingly endless pandemic tunnel are visions of trips that reunite us with loved ones or take us to some blissfully new environment.The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is still urging Americans — even those who have been vaccinated — not to travel, although a recent uptick in the number of passengers screened at US airport checkpoints indicates that people are traveling again in greater numbers.So in many cases, we may be getting ahead of ourselves. But there is no doubt that interest in traveling and making future plans is picking up — raising lots of questions about how to safely navigate the new travel landscape.Each country has its own tangle of rules and restrictions, so almost any trip will require deep pre-travel research.Here’s what you need to consider as the pandemic eases:Even if I can travel, should I?Restrictions vary widely across the world, and for many people it is possible to travel domestically and internationally. Yet many public health officials would advise against it. As noted, the CDC recommends against travel right now.”We are very worried about transmissible variants. A lot of them have come through our travel corridors, so we’re being extra cautious right now with travel,” CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on March 11.Walensky noted that every time travel escalates, a surge in coronavirus cases follows, citing Independence Day, Labor Day and the winter holiday season.City officials in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, are anticipating a large spring break crowd this month.Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesCan I travel within my own country?As with most things pandemic-related, it depends on where you live. Leisure travel is completely out of bounds for the moment in the UK, although destinations are already bracing for a huge influx of domestic travelers when the lockdown eases later this spring.In Canada, there are no federal travel requirements for Canadians traveling between provinces and territories, although there are provincial or territorial rules and restrictions in many cases and nonessential travel is discouraged.In Germany, overnight stays in hotels for tourism purposes are prohibited.No matter where you are, it’s important to check regional and national websites and resources for guidance and restrictions on travel.Do I need a negative Covid-19 test to travel internationally?In a great many cases, yes, you will need a negative Covid-19 test before you travel to another country. But again, it depends on your destination. Check local government and tourism sites for Covid-related requirements. CNN Travel’s Unlocking the World guides offer up to date information on many popular destinationsA traveler takes a photo of a Covid-19 testing sign at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in February 2021.Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty ImagesThe time frame for getting a test before departure varies by destination and there can be requirements around the type of test or the testing provider, as is the case for Hawaii.Not every destination requires a test. For example, Mexico has one of the world’s most relaxed travel policies. The country currently does not require testing or quarantine for international arrivals. Do I need a negative Covid-19 test to get into the United States?All air passengers two years of age and older entering the United States must have a negative Covid-19 test result taken within three days of your flight to the US or documentation indicating you have recovered from Covid-19. The requirement includes US citizens and legal permanent residents returning to the United States.Nonessential travel is restricted across US land borders with Canada and Mexico. Travelers arrive at a hotel in Melbourne, Australia, to quarantine in December 2020.WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty ImagesWill I have to quarantine?Some countries require all travelers to quarantine and have narrow restrictions on the acceptable reasons for entering at all. Others have no quarantine requirements (Mexico, for one) or are much less restrictive.Travelers entering Canada, including those who have tested negative or recovered from Covid-19 or have been vaccinated, must quarantine or face fines or more severe penalties. International leisure and tourism arrivals are barred from entry.Many popular tourism destinations in the Caribbean and elsewhere have adopted testing rules that allow international arrivals to bypass quarantine requirements with negative results.It’s important to check on specific requirements for your destination and for returning home.Do I have to be vaccinated for international travel?It’s complicated. Some countries are starting to open borders to vaccinated travelers who would otherwise be barred from entry. Travelers from non-Schengen countries, including the US and the UK, will soon be allowed to visit Iceland with proof of vaccination or having recovered from Covid.Some countries are allowing vaccinated travelers to bypass entry requirements they would otherwise need to comply with such as negative Covid-19 tests and quarantines. For example, travelers to Belize can bypass pre-departure Covid tests.So while being vaccinated may not be a requirement to travel, proof of vaccination could significantly smooth the journey. But being vaccinated is far from a carte blanche. Some countries are only welcoming vaccinated travelers from specific areas, such as the European Economic Area. And many haven’t yet made a decision on vaccinated visitors.So even if you’re vaccinated, you’ll need to make sure your destination is welcoming inoculated travelers from your location.International air travelers are likely to share health information in the future via new apps.Daniel Slim/AFP via Getty ImagesHow do I share my test results and vaccination status with travel providers?The confusing tangle of Covid regulations continues. In the US, incoming travelers must present a “verifiable test result” to their airline. It “must be in the form of written documentation (paper or electronic copy) of a laboratory test result,” according to the CDC.When possible, take both electronic and paper copies wherever you travel.The process for sharing test results and vaccination status varies by destination and in some cases they are only valid in specific languages.There are a number of digital applications — commonly referred to as “vaccine passports” or “vaccination certificates” — in development that aim to streamline health information so that it’s securely shareable across borders.Numerous international airlines have plans to trial the International Air Transport Association’s Travel Pass. Clear’s Health Pass and Common Pass are also health information apps.Tourists line up to board a boat in Playa del Carmen, Mexico on March 3, 2021. Mexico has some of the world’s loosest travel rules.Daniel Slim/AFP via Getty ImagesI’m planning to travel. What can I do to decrease my risk of contracting or spreading the virus?The mitigation strategies you use at home apply on the road. Vigilant hand hygiene, social distancing and mask use are key, as is avoiding crowded indoor spaces.Air travel is considered riskier by the CDC than car travel because of the unavoidable contact with other people in airports and aboard flights, although documented cases of on board transmission are few. The advanced air filtration used on commercial airliners — plus mask mandates on planes — helps to lower the risk in flight.Limiting stops and contact with others on road trips, social distancing and opting for contactless check-in at hotels are all important ways to reduce risk. As are focusing on outdoor activities and avoiding close contact with people outside of your bubble. Hopefully, in the months to come, our worlds will expand well beyond our bubbles — with careful country-by-country calculations.

Homemade Tater Tots

Make your own homemade tater tots and bake them crispy in the oven or the air fryer! Forget the frozen variety, from scratch tater tots are a favorite and taste so much better. Make a double or triple batch of these little nuggets and freeze some for another day!

Our Fave Tater Tots
We love to make our own homemade tater tots!

Uses real ingredients (things you likely have on hand and can prounounce).
Easy to make, these come together in about 45 minutes.
Can be baked in the oven or cooked in the air fryer (or even deep fried if you like)
Can be made ahead of time, they freeze and reheat well.

Serve in place of french fries with juicy turkey burgers or homemade chicken nuggets for a fun meal.

Ingredients and Variations
POTATOES We use russets in this recipe because they are extra starchy and produce a fluffy interior. The potatoes are cooked and then grated (a little bit is mashed, this helps hold them together).
SEASONINGS Just a few seasonings like garlic powder and salt and pepper are mixed with potatoes, onions, and parmesan cheese, along with a parsley garnish make unforgettably savory tots!
ADDITIONS Add bacon bits, shredded cheddar, even our famous taco seasoning recipe can be added for a Tex-Mex tot.
Got Frozen Tots?
The recipe below is for homemade tater tots but if you’ve got frozen on hand, they can be cooked in the air fryer too.
Cook frozen tater tots in the air fryer at 400°F for 11-14 minutes shaking them after 6 minutes. Be sure not to overcrowd the air fryer or the tots won’t crisp up.

How to Make Tater Tots
Homemade tater tots are super easy to make.

Boil quartered potatoes until they are tender, drain & cool.
Mash half of one potato (two of the quarters) and shred the rest with a box grater.

Combine mashed & shredded potatoes with remaining ingredients per recipe below & shape them into tater tots using a measuring spoon. Gently roll them in your hands to shape them.

Place tots in the oven or preheated air fryer basket, cook according to the recipe until they’re browned.

Top Tips

Spray with a little bit of oil or cooking spray before baking/air frying.
Place tots evenly spaced in the air fryer so the air can circulate around them and crisp them properly.
Keep cooked batches of tater tots warm in an oven at 250°F. Make them extra crunchy by putting them under the broiler for about 4 minutes.
Save leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 3 days and reheat in the microwave, toaster oven, or under the broiler.
Freeze cooked tater tots in zippered bags with the date labeled on the outside for up to 1 month.

Delish Dips

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Homemade Tater Tots

Crispy & flavorful, these homemade Tater Tots are the perfect side dish or snack for a crowd!

Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook potatoes 10-12 minutes or until fork-tender.Drain well and cool slightly.Mash ½ of one potato (two of the quarters), using a box grater shred the remaining potatoes. Combine shredded and mashed potatoes with remaining ingredients.Using a tablespoon, measure heaping tablespoons and form into tots. Spray with cooking spray or brush with oil if desired.Preheat air fryer to 400°F.Place tots in a single layer in the air fryer and cook 7-9 minutes or until golden.Repeat with remaining tots if needed. Serve warm with ketchup.
To Bake Tater Tots in the oven, preheat oven to 425°F. Bake 20-25 minutes or until browned.
To deep fry, preheat oil to 375°F. Cook tots 3-5 minutes or until golden.

Calories: 171, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 320mg, Potassium: 682mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 96IU, Vitamin C: 11mg, Calcium: 39mg, Iron: 2mg
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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THE SCOOP | Quebec To Re-Open Concert Halls In Late March

Photo courtesy of L’Orchestre symphonique de MontréalQuebec Premier François Legault has announced the reopening of concert halls, theatres and movie theatres in red zones, with distancing and compliance with strict health measures, starting March 26.The provisions will allow events at venues for up to 250 people, but will require patrons to wear masks and adhere to physical distancing. Places of worship will expand to a maximum of 25 people, up from 10.According to Quebec’s director of public health, Dr. Horacio Arruda, the number of new cases appears to be hitting a plateau. The variants remain a concern, and loosening of restrictions are being done step-by-step.It did not take long for Quebec’s Orchestre Métropolitain to announce their first live in-person concert on March 27 at Maison symphonique de Montréal.“We welcome this news with a lot of emotion,” wrote Yannick Nezet-Seguin in a statement on social media. “The public’s return to the indoor will give a breath to the Montreal community, our artists and cultural workers, to the citizens who will echo the emotions experienced in the last twelve months. It’s time to find yourself, to move, to escape, to rethink the living-together. The arts will show us the way to get there.”The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal was also quick to express their excitement that they would be returning to live concerts soon.“The Montreal Symphony Orchestre is delighted with the announcement made today by the Quebec government that the vibrant arts sector can gradually reunite with its audience in theatres,” wrote OSM CEO Madeleine Careau. “The safety and well-being of the public and all staff remains our top priority. We anticipate the pleasure of welcoming our loyal audience as soon as possible to the Maison symphonique during a new program to be announced shortly!”Quebec’s controversial 8 p.m. curfew in the red zones, will be pushed to 9:30 p.m., starting Wednesday. Event organizers will likely need to start concerts earlier, or shorten programs to ensure people can get home on time.Quebec currently has 6,753 active cases, with just over 1 million vaccinated. Ontario now has 12,506 active cases with nearly 1.5 million vaccinated***With files from Caroline Rodgers.#LUDWIGVANGet the daily arts news straight to your inbox.Sign up for the Ludwig van Daily — classical music and opera in five minutes or less HERE. Michael Vincent is the Editor-in-chief Ludwig Van and CEO of Museland Media. He publishes regularly and writes occasionally. A specialist in digital media for over 15 years, he has worked as a senior editor and is a former freelance classical music critic for the Toronto Star. Michael holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Toronto.Latest posts by Michael Vincent (see all) Michael Vincent is the Editor-in-chief Ludwig Van and CEO of Museland Media. He publishes regularly and writes occasionally. A specialist in digital media for over 15 years, he has worked as a senior editor and is a former freelance classical music critic for the Toronto Star. Michael holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Toronto.Latest posts by Michael Vincent (see all)

An Ambitious Project and New Book Serve as a Vital Nexus for Women Street Photographers


#street photography

March 16, 2021
Grace Ebert

Gulnara Samoilova, “Cloud Eaters” (2018) © Gulnara Samoilova. All images courtesy of Prestel, shared with permission
At once widely accessible and distinctly personal, street photography has the potential to bridge the divide between the idiosyncratic and universal, a possibility that’s long excited Gulnara Samoilova. A former Associated Press photojournalist and current fine art photographer, Samoilova realized that while the genre was affordable and convenient, the field remained largely dominated by men, an imbalance she sought to remedy when she founded Women Street Photographers in 2017.
In its fourth year, the ongoing project began with an Instagram account designed to showcase work from women around the world. “I soon began to realize that with this platform, I could create everything I had always wanted to receive as a photographer: the kinds of support and opportunities that would have helped me grow during those formative and pivotal points on my journey,” Samoilova tells Colossal, noting that expansion felt like a natural reaction to the positive response the project received.
Now a community of hundreds of amateurs and professionals, Women Street Photographers has burgeoned into a website, artist residency, series of exhibitions, film series, and now a book published this month by Prestel. Collating the work of 100 women from 31 countries, the 224-page volume is just “a tiny sampling of all that is out there,” Samoilova says, one that’s bound by the photographers’ desire to share their points of view and document the world through lenses that span a variety of races, ethnicities, creeds, ages, abilities, and sexual and gender identities.

Birka Wiedmaier, “Untitled” (2019) © Birka Wiedmaier
Depicting an eclectic array of candid expressions and moments of intimacy and chance—whether through the red updo spotted in B Jane Levine’s shot featured on the book’s cover or the childhood exuberance captured by Regula Tschumi—each photograph is paired with a statement by the artist about both the image and their background. The elucidating text contextualizes the subject matter and person behind the camera and grounds the broader vision for the project, which Samoilova explains:
Street photography is both a record of the world and a statement of the artist themselves: it is how they see the world, who they are, what captures their attention, and fascinates them. There’s a wonderful mixture of art and artifact, poetry and testimony that makes street photography so appealing. It’s both documentary and fine art at the same time, yet highly accessible to people outside the photography world.
It’s still too soon to tell how projects like Women Street Photographers are shaping the larger ecosystem, Samoiolva says, although the contributions have rippled across the field. In the coming months, though, she intends to implement more opportunities for women in the field that might take the shape of an exhibition or travel-based project, although she hasn’t announced what those are just yet. “I love to dream, but I don’t like to plan,” she writes. “I go with the flow and all the current to guide me to my next destination.”  
Until then, dive into the expansive archive of work on the Women Street Photographers Instagram, and pick up a copy of the book from Bookshop. (via Feature Shoot)

Bruna Rotunno, “Materic Water #1” (2011) © Bruna Rotunno
Dimpy Bhalotia, “Shoulder Birds” (2018) © Dimpy Bhalotia
B Jane Levine, “Red Upsweep’” (2019) © B Jane Levine
Emily Garthwaite, “A Night Bus in Kolkota, India” (2017) © Emily Garthwaite
Orna Naor, “Women of the Sea” (2019) © Orna Naor
Florence Oliver, “Gare de Lyon” (2018) © Florence Oliver
Regula Tschumi, “A Dance of Joy” (2019) © Regula Tschumi
Ximena Echague, “Soul of the Ganges” (2019) © Ximena Echague

#street photography

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