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Trump puts Army police on alert to quell riots over George Floyd killing

The Army’s police units are preparing to head to Minneapolis — on orders from President Trump — if the violence keeps raging over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died at the hands of a white police officer during his arrest.

Defense officials issued the order Saturday on the directive of the commander in chief, three people with knowledge of the order told the Associated Press. A president hasn’t put military police units on alert to deploy to America’s streets since the 1992 riots over the beating of Rodney King, a black man, by cops, the Daily Mail reported.

Trump made the move as fiery protests spread to other cities across the nation — including in Detroit, where a 19-year-old was shot and killed; in Atlanta, where demonstrators set up CNN’s headquarters and the governor declared a state of emergency; and in New York, where the NYPD arrested more than 200 people Friday in different protests.

Overnight, the president took to Twitter to respond to a tweet by a group of supporters, Former Democrats for Trump, which pointed out Minneapolis was ruled by Democrats: “Time for a change! #2020.”

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'Counting On': Duggar Family Followers Can't Agree on Which Duggar Spouse Will Leave Their Marriage First

JingerDuggar just announced her second pregnancy, and Joy-Anna Duggar is inchingcloser to her due date, too. While the Duggar family seems to be consistentlygrowing, some family followers are wondering when the supersized clan will shrinkdue to divorce. The family generally doesn’t believe in divorce, and several ofthe Duggar offspringhave opted for a covenant marriage, that hasn’t stopped speculation. So, whichDuggar in-law is the most likely to abandon their marriage? Family followershave some theories.

Family followers think AnnaDuggar has the most reasons to abandon her marriage

Anna Duggar has weathered back-to-backscandals standing next to her troubled husband, Josh Duggar. First, it was revealedthat Josh molested several of his siblings as a teen, then he admitted tocheating on his wife. While Anna has yet to desert her marriage, insiders claimtheir life together is not a happy one. Accordingto a Reddit user whose connection to the famous family was verified, Annaappeared quite unhappy for several years following the scandals, and Josh didn’tseem particularly repentant.

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Sure, Anna has stayed thus far,but it’s always possible she’ll decide to end the marriage the next time ascandal threatens to topple the family’s media empire. That scandal could bejust around the corner, too. Family followers strongly believe that Josh was atthe center of an investigation carried out by theDepartment of Homeland Security back in November 2019.

Some fans think Ben Seewald will tireof his boring life

BenSeewald began courting Jessa Duggar when he was just 17 years old. It’sbeen almost 6 years since they tied the knot, and they’ve added three children tothe family during that time. Everything seems to be going well enough, at leastpublicly, but family critics can’t help but wonder if Ben is actually pleasedwith the life he’s carved out for himself.

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At 25, he has yet to build acareer of his own, and frankly, it looks like he may not have a choice in thematter. Derick Dillard has suggested JimBob Duggar prevents the Duggar boys from seeking employment outside of the family.With two sisters who have moved away and started careers of their own, family criticshave pegged Ben as the most likely Duggar in-law to suffer from FOMO. Whetheror not they will lead to a divorce, however, remains to be seen.

Insiders all seem to agree thatJosiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson are not a well-suited match

Josiah Duggar’s marriage is onethat hasn’t made a ton of sense to family followers. The 23-year-old father ofone has seemed sullen and unhappy ever since his 2018 wedding. There might be agood reason for his recent demeanor, though. Insiders have claimed both Josiahand his bride, Lauren Swanson, were heavily encouraged to tie the knot becausethey were both problematic teens. An insider who spoke with TheHollywood Gossip claimed that Josiah and Lauren are only playing alongbecause Jim Bob is footing the bill for their lifestyle.

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The insider suggests that fansshouldn’t expect the marriage to last if something were to happen to the family’sTV show. It’s hard to say which spouse would cut ties, though. Fans thinkLauren is just as unhappy as Josiah, although she appears to be better athiding it.

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Ruby Rose breaks silence on shocking ‘Batwoman’ exit after one season

Her response was almost as mysterious as the departure itself.

After rumors of a mutually miserable on-set experience, Ruby Rose finally addressed the reasons behind her shocking “Batwoman” exit in a social-media post — but the comment left more questions than answers.

“It wasn’t an easy decision, but those who know, know…” Rose, 34, cryptically wrote in an Instagram post Wednesday night.

“I didn’t want to not acknowledge everyone involved and how big this was for TV and for our community,” the gender-fluid Australian model-turned-actress wrote next to a video montage from the show. “I have stayed silent because that’s my choice for now but know I adore you all. I’m sure next season will be amazing also. Xxx *hangs up cowl and cape.”

On May 20, the news broke that Rose was leaving the Greg Berlanti-produced CW superhero show after just one season — a rare move in TV. Usually, when a star exits a show, it’s for a tragic reason (e.g., when “Spartacus” star Andy Whitfield tragically passed away from cancer, at age 39, causing Liam McIntyre to take over the role) or it’s several seasons into a series, a la Jennifer Morrison exiting ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” after six seasons. An actor in a lead role departing after just one season —with no clear cause — is exceedingly unusual.

Rumors have swirled around Rose’s mysterious “Batwoman” exit. She sustained a serious back injury on set earlier in the year — although reportedly, that’s not why she left. An unnamed source told TV Line that leaving was not entirely her choice.

“It was a breakup. She wasn’t happy working on the show, and did that make her fun to work with? No. So everyone decided it would be in the best interests of the show, and for all concerned, if they parted ways. It just wasn’t a good fit,” they said.

When reached by The Post for comment on the rumors, Rose didn’t say anything further than her Instagram statement. A spokesperson for the CW
said that “Warner Bros. Television, The CW and Berlanti Productions thank Ruby for her contributions to the success of our first season and wish her all the best. The studio and network are firmly committed to Batwoman’s second season and long-term future, and we — along with the show’s talented creative team — look forward to sharing its new direction, including the casting of a new lead actress and member of the LGBTQ community, in the coming months.”

The show marked Rose’s first starring role. Previously, she had side stints on shows such as “Orange Is the New Black.”

“Batwoman” has already been renewed for Season 2. No replacement for Rose has been announced yet.

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Still On? Stassi Schroeder and Beau Clark’s Wedding: Everything We Know

Stassi Schroeder isn’t afraid to call herself a bridezilla, but the Vanderpump Rules star is no match for the coronavirus pandemic.

The reality TV personality wasted no time planning her nuptials after her now-fiancé, Beau Clark, popped the question in July 2019. During a panel at BravoCon, the couple announced their plans to wed in Italy in October 2020.

“The No. 1 thing that we know for sure about our wedding is we don’t want to sweat,” Schroeder said at the fan convention in November 2019. “Beau and I agreed on, right when we got engaged, that we don’t want to sweat at our wedding. We are not going to sweat, no one at my wedding is going to sweat. … It’s going to be crisp, fall wedding!”

As the duo continued to plan, however, the COVID-19 crisis hit Italy and the United States.

“We’re trying to stay optimistic that things will sort itself out,” Schroeder said in April 2020 via Instagram Live. “I was thinking about that the other day. I was like, ‘Well I already have my dresses,’ but are people actually making them right now? Because that’s not essential. You know what I mean?”

A month later, the Next Level Basic author admitted she wasn’t confident that her dream wedding would ever happen.

“I’m so easy-going now because I don’t care about testing the food. I don’t care if the flowers are wilted,” Schroeder said on her podcast in May 2020. “I just want to get there and once we’re able to get to Rome, I don’t care if only five people show up. The fact that I’ll be able to be there is all I care about. It could be a ratchet wedding in Italy and I’ll be fine.”

Scroll though for everything we know about Schroeder and Clark’s wedding — and keep coming back for more updates!

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What you can expect on holiday in Turkey as beaches ban smoking and enforce sunbathing zones

BEACHES in Turkey have announced their new plans for allowing tourists to visit again this year.

Smoking bans, sunbathing zones and restricted entry are just some of the things you can expect on your next holiday.

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Konyaaltı beach, located in the southern resort of Antalya popular with British tourists, has revealed the guidelines which will be enforced on tourists.

In a new video, special areas of 9sqm using wooden posts and ropes will be designated for tourists, which will be disinfected between use.

Only three people at a time will be able to use the zones from one family.

Beachgoers will no longer be allowed to lay their towels randomly on the sand to sunbathe.


Smoking will also be banned to reduce contamination from discarded butts, with smoking zones instead, while masks and gloves will be mandatory in busy areas.

Turnstile entry, with different entrances and exits, limited lockers and additional warning signs will also all be implemented.

Turkey has started reducing their lockdown measures across the country, with land borders opening between regions and seaside destinations.

However, British tourists are not expected to return until at least autumn, with domestic travellers the priority, according to local media, due to fears of another outbreak as well as social distancing guidelines being enforced.

For example, holiday resorts across the country may require guests to prove they don't have coronavirus with health certificates.

Hotels, airports and attractions will all be sterilised as well as forced to have enough spacing to allow social distancing, while temperature checks are also likely to be introduced at hotels.

The UK will also enforce a 14-day quarantine on anyone entering the country, including British nationals, from next month.

Holidays to Turkey are soaring in popularity, but mainly for next year instead.

EasyJet's commercial director Alex Lofus told Sun Online Travel: "The big demand is next summer – there has been a massive surge in people looking to secure a family break.

"We're mainly seeing people booking Turkey, a particularly popular destination, with a big interest in self-catered properties so families can reunite with their extended relatives."

Here are the best deals you can find for next year.

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6 of the Fakest Moments on 'Keeping up With the Kardashians'

Reality TV certainly isn’t what it used to be. Back in the day, we could count on legends like Tiffany “New York” Pollard to keep things real and authentic on series like Flavor of Love. However, since 2007, the KarJenners have been the first family of reality TV. Though we’ve watched the family go through their various triumphs, trials, and tribulations on Keeping Up with the Kardashians for well over a decade, not everything we’ve seen is completely authentic.

From the beginning, KarJenner matriarch, Kris Jenner has been an executive producer on the show which means she has a final say on the series’ scenes before they are aired. In recent years, Kim Kardashian West has also been made executive producer.

As a result, the KarJenners paint themselves in the best light, but as viewers have pointed out, some aspects of the KUWTK franchise are beyond fake.

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Kylie Jenner’s lips

It’s no secret that Kylie Jenner’s looks have changed drastically in the past several years. However, for years, she refused to acknowledge the very obvious cosmetic enhancements that she’s had. In fact, during a 2014 episode all about her lips, the Kylie Cosmetics mogul explained that her unexplained lip fullness was due to “like, six different colors.”

However, Jenner has since walked back her comments on her “au natural” lips. “I have temporary lip fillers. It’s just an insecurity of mine … I want to admit to the lips, but people are so quick to judge me on everything,” she revealed in a 2015 interview with Teen Vogue.

Khloé Kardashian’s arrest

When the series began back in November 2007, one of the very first episodes was centered around Khloé Kardashian getting arrested for driving under the influence. The only issue is that the Good American founder had actually been arrested months prior, in March 2007 and the series hadn’t even begun filming until August 2007. In the show, Kardashian blamed her actions on her feelings surrounding the anniversary of her father’s death. But that would have been, September 30, 2007. Instead, KUWTK just staged the whole drama.

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Kris Humpries proposal to Kim Kardashian

No one was convinced when Kim Kardashian randomly began dating NBA player Kris Humpries out of the blue. Even less convincing was Humpheries’ “surprise proposal.”

“I remember, like, Kim — she didn’t know he was going to propose at that moment, and she came in and she was completely surprised, and I think she had a bad reaction or something and she was embarrassed,” Humpries revealed in the couple’s divorce proceedings. “She said can we just, like, have me come back in one more time and be, like, really surprised. Because she had no idea it was going to happen. It was in her bedroom.” A KUWTK producer confirmed Humpries’ story.

Kim Kardashian coming to the conclusion to divorce Kris Humpries

Kardashian and Humpries’ marriage lasted all of 72 days before the KKW Beauty mogul pulled the plug. During an episode of KUWTK, Kardashian can be seen complaining to her mother, about her marriage. It made it look like she had no choice but to divorce Humphries.

However, the show’s producers revealed it was all scripted. Also, there was a scripted scene where the starlet freaked out on the NBA star for throwing a party when she was out of town, making him look terrible. That never happened. “Anyone who loves someone would not team up with their production team to make them look like a fool on TV,” one of Humpries friends told Life & Style.

The KarJenners take Cuba

One of the most puzzling fake scenes in KUWTK happened in Season 12 when Kourtney, Kim, and Khloé go ton Cuba. Back in LA, Malika Haqq, Scott Disick, and Kris Jenner decide they want to recreate Cuba in Calabasa because they miss the sisters so much.

However, the ladies returned from their trip on May 6, 2016 and the Cuba in LA scene was shot on May 26, 2016. It was clearly just added filler for the episode.

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Khloé Kardashian’s reaction to the Tristan Thompson/Jordyn Woods scandal

Like everyone else, the KarJenner’s found out about Thompson kissing Woods on the internet. However, his many infidelities were a long-known fact. Therefore, when Khloé began yelling and screaming in a scene depicting the incident on KUWTK, no one was really convinced this was her off- the cuff reaction.

“Liar! They both admitted it to me. Both of them,” Khloe yells. “Don’t f*cking lie to me though about lying though.” These days, she and Thompson seem as cozy as ever.

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MAIL ON SUNDAY COMMENT: It's time for you to show your mettle, Boris

MAIL ON SUNDAY COMMENT: It’s time for you to show your mettle, Boris Johnson

It is hard to think of a more ill-judged, ill-timed and badly thought-out Government policy than the plan to quarantine travellers entering or returning to this country.

It is months too late to do any good. Its faults are so obvious that they ought not to need stating. 

But let us point out to Ministers yet again that these rules will stifle any recovery in our airports and airline industries, huge employers and mainstays of our economy. 

They will do so just as the rest of Europe is beginning to pick itself up off the floor, and to reopen for business.

It needs a tough-minded Conservative Government to ensure that, in the years of rebuilding that lie ahead, Britain is not dragged back into the over-regulated over-taxed, greyness from which it escaped under Margaret Thatcher. Time for you to show your mettle, Boris

Like so much that has come out of the Government machine for the past few weeks, the scheme has been a muddle from start to finish. First, France was going to be exempted from the quarantine, and then it was not.

First, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said there was going to be an ‘air-bridge’ allowing unhindered travel to and from certain favoured holiday destinations. Then the idea was publicly demolished by the rest of the Cabinet.

This sort of thing cannot even be dismissed as zig-zagging. That would be too kind. It looks more like the crazy motions of a wayward party balloon, looping the loop as the air squirts out of it.

There does not seem to be any credible idea of how the quarantine system will work in practice. 

It is likely to be a mixture of the wildly illiberal, with a few individuals besieged by officious police, while nothing happens to thousands of others – much like the general enforcement of the lockdown when it first began.

The attempt to reopen England’s schools has been another farce, with policy apparently made up from minute to minute. 

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said there was going to be an ‘air-bridge’ allowing unhindered travel to and from certain favoured holiday destinations. Then the idea was publicly demolished by the rest of the Cabinet

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson mused about opening the schools during what would have been the summer holidays, but fled in confusion as soon as the teachers’ unions – predictably – denounced it.

But none of the Government’s screeching U-turns on this subject has been as bad as the performance of the BBC’s new hero, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer.

Sir Keir’s wife turns out to be a key worker, so the couple’s children have been able to attend school throughout the crisis.

This information, which finally dribbled out in a newspaper interview yesterday, should surely have been public knowledge from the start. 

There is nothing wrong with Sir Keir benefiting from this provision. On the contrary, his experience means that he knows better than most that it is perfectly possible for schools to operate under conditions of social distancing.

But in that case why has he not raised his voice in support of the general reopening of schools for the multitude of voters who long to see their children back in their classrooms? Parents worry with good reason about the long-term damage that the closure of education has already done, especially for the children of the disadvantaged. 

It was cowardly and self-serving of Sir Keir not to stand up for a policy he knew for certain was workable. It is a distressing sign that, even with Jeremy Corbyn gone, Labour is still far too much in the hands of union apparatchiks who care more about sectional interests than the public good.

But the poor performance of the official Opposition should not distract us from the deeper problem of the Government.

Boris Johnson has a huge capacity for leadership. He can speak directly to the public in a way few politicians can, and which many envy. He has shown throughout his time in politics that he is innovative and open-minded, and a great believer in the power of free people to do good, if they are left alone to get on with it.

But while we sympathise with him for his undoubted ordeal, in undergoing the illness he has done so much to fight against, we must still urge him, in the friendliest possible way, to get a grip.

His Government, far from leading the nation out of the lockdown, seems to be following the nation out of lockdown. 

Having loosened some of the restraints on movement and trade, the Cabinet has watched while the nation has pushed at the new boundaries, issuing occasional warnings that we should not go too far but offering no real idea of when the mighty engines of the national economy can begin to turn at full power again.

For there are plenty of other problems that need to be dealt with – most notably the rapidly-approaching moment of full Brexit. The Mail on Sunday reports today on the urgent concerns of farmers that the new post-Brexit trading rules, and plans for subsidies paid to landowners regardless of whether they actually cultivate their acres, could unintentionally destroy much of our agriculture.

If we are not careful, we could permit huge cheap imports of food produced with far lower standards than ours. Nobody who voted for Brexit voted for the devastation of our countryside or the extinction of the traditional stewardship of the soil which contributes so much to the beauty of our unique landscape.

With all these problems in front of him, Boris Johnson would do well to remind the nation of just what an inspiring and invigorating figure he can be. Yet these advantages are being wasted.

In recent weeks he has often seemed absent from the stage, leaving lacklustre lieutenants to do almost all the talking. 

It is plainly time for him to be seen and heard much more in public, reminding people of the force and wit with which he won the December Election, and of the real power which holds this Government together.

This is necessary for the nation as much as for him. The old hard Left are stirring again. They see the Covid crisis, with its enlarged role for the State and public spending, as an opportunity to return to the days of incessant State intervention in the smallest details of life.

The Trades Union Congress chief, Frances O’Grady, proclaimed last week that ‘the unions are back’ and that ‘the State is back’. 

This is not the lesson that many will take from these events, but it is the one the whole Left, from the TUC to the BBC and the liberal elite in education, law and media want us to take.

It needs a tough-minded Conservative Government to ensure that, in the years of rebuilding that lie ahead, Britain is not dragged back into the over-regulated over-taxed, greyness from which it escaped under Margaret Thatcher. Time for you to show your mettle, Boris.

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Boris on brink of Huawei climbdown as spy chiefs reveal new fears

Boris Johnson is on the brink of climbdown over his decision to allow Huawei to help build Britain’s 5G network over new security fears

  • The climbdown comes after a growing rebellion on the Tory backbenches
  • UK currently plans to use Huawei kit in 35 per cent of Britain’s 5G network
  • The company’s link to Chinese government led to concerns from spy agencies
  • US has banned American intellectual property from using Huawei equipment 

Boris Johnson is to ‘look again’ at his decision to allow controversial Chinese tech giant Huawei to build more than a third of Britain’s superfast 5G broadband network, amid fresh concerns by spy agencies.

The climbdown comes after a growing rebellion on the Tory backbenches, with Downing Street privately conceding they cannot get the plan through the Commons despite their large majority.

New US sanctions imposed on the firm – which is closely linked to the Chinese Communist Party – outlaw any American intellectual property from being used in the production of Huawei equipment, resulting in fresh security fears.

Chips currently manufactured for use in Huawei products use American technology, and Britain’s spies have warned No 10 that future Chinese alternatives cannot be trusted, scuppering plans to use their kit in 35 per cent of Britain’s new 5G network.

A Whitehall source said: ‘We think the new sanctions slapped on Huawei by the US basically mean that no US intellectual property can be used in the manufacture of Huawei’s chips.

‘This means the bits of kit they get from Taiwan and elsewhere, which we think are full of good US stuff, will be cut off from them from the autumn. They’re likely to turn to cheaper, less secure, local stuff instead. There’s next to no chance we could say it’s safe enough to use in 5G. It changes the calculation completely.’

Pictured: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson applauds outside 10 Downing Street during the Clap for Carers campaign in support of the NHS

Last Tuesday, Mr Johnson held a rare meeting of his National Security Council – the first since February – to discuss the reliance of British supply chains on foreign states amid a growing backlash against the Chinese government.

In March, The Mail on Sunday revealed that Downing Street believed China would face ‘a reckoning’ for its handling of the Covid-19 outbreak, with a vast number of Conservative MPs now openly calling for a reset in relations with Beijing.

Huawei, which has been accused by the US of espionage and being in hock to the Chinese Communist Party, was granted permission by Mr Johnson in January to supply equipment for the ‘non-core’ elements of a future broadband infrastructure. However, the decision requires parliamentary approval. Uniting both wings of the Conservative Party, the growing rebellion against Huawei has intensified in the fall-out from Covid-19 and China’s initial handling of the outbreak of the pandemic.

Pictured: Huawei staff members wearing face masks at the company’s headquarters in Shenzhen, Guangdong province

There was also international outcry over Mr Johnson’s decision, with Donald Trump threatening to ban Britain from intelligence sharing if they let the firm in. Last night, a No 10 source said: ‘The world is a very different place from January and the PM knows we have to look at this again.’

Huawei has hit back, arguing any U-turn would not make sense. Vice-president Victor Zhang, insisted: ‘As a private company, 100 per cent owned by employees, which has operated in the UK for 20 years, our priority has been to help mobile and broadband companies keep Britain connected, which is more vital than ever in this health crisis.’

But the No 10 rethink has delighted Tory MPs, with Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, warning that any continuing relationship with Huawei would be ‘extremely problematic’ because the company is ‘actually owned by the Chinese Communist Party’.

Patten heads Hong Kong protest 

Scores of British politicians have signed an international statement calling for a tougher global stance against China’s threat to pass new laws clamping down on residents of Hong Kong.

Led by the former Governor of Hong Kong, Lord Patten, and the former Foreign Secretary, Sir Malcolm Rifkind, 194 parliamentarians in 23 countries have declared that Hong Kong’s independent status is ‘hanging by a thread’.

The globally co-ordinated statement reads: ‘We write to express grave concerns about the unilateral introduction of national security legislation by Beijing in Hong Kong.

‘This is a comprehensive assault on the city’s autonomy, rule of law, and fundamental freedoms. The integrity of one-country, two-systems hangs by a thread…

‘Sympathetic governments must unite to say that this flagrant breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration cannot be tolerated.’

Lord Patten said: ‘The statement shows growing and widespread international outrage at the decision by the Chinese government to unilaterally impose national security legislation in Hong Kong. The breadth of support, which spans all political parties and four continents, reflects both the severity of the situation and ongoing unified international support for the principle of one-country, two-systems.’

Sir Malcolm told the MoS: ‘The people of Hong Kong need and deserve our support.’

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What's going on in our holiday hotspots AROUDN Europe?

As European resorts finally start to re-open… What’s going on in our holiday hotspots?

  • Many hotels have re-opened in Spain but their pools, gyms and spas are closed 
  • Italy’s coastline has been declared open with umbrellas set 1.5 metres apart 
  • The tourist season will begin in Greece on June 15, with hotels gradually opening 

Travel bubbles, sea bridges, quarantines — no wonder there’s a lot of confusion surrounding holidays as restrictions ease.

The UK’s blanket quarantine on all those coming into the country will be reviewed every three weeks, and could be lifted by early July. 

Countries across Europe are preparing to reopen, too. We look at what your chances are for a summer getaway…

SPAIN

Many hotels have reopened in Spain and beaches are expected to reopen on Monday. Pictured is Cala Gat beach in Majorca 

Many hotels have reopened, but their pools, gyms and spas are closed. Some restaurants and bars can serve customers in outside spaces, although most will not be fully operational until June. Beaches are expected to reopen on Monday. 

Tourists may be restricted to four-hour stays at popular ones, including those in the Costa del Sol.

CHANCE OF A SUMMER HOLIDAY: The 14-day quarantine for international arrivals is likely to last only until June 29, when Spain plans to reopen its borders fully. 3.5/5

…And here’s a deal: Seven nights’ half board with flights at Hotel Rocamarina in Majorca from £452 pp (was £616 pp, tui.co.uk).

PORTUGAL

In Portugal, beaches will be open from June 6, but sunbathers need to keep 1.5 metres apart 

Restaurants, cafes, museums and many shops reopened on Monday. Beaches will be open from June 6, but sunbathers will need to keep 1.5 metres apart. They can use an app to see which beaches are full.

Hotels hope to resume business as early as June 1. They can display ‘Clean & Safe’ stamps awarded by tourism officials to prove they have introduced the recommended hygiene and safety procedures.

CHANCE OF A SUMMER HOLIDAY: Portugal is not imposing a quarantine rule, and its 1,277 Covid-19 deaths compares favourably with neighbouring Spain’s 28,000, so it’s a prime contender. 4/5

…And here’s a deal: Seven nights’ half board with flights at Hotel Falesia in Acoteias from £572 pp (was £705 pp, firstchoice.co.uk).

ITALY

Italian idyll: Limone on Lake Garda. Bars, restaurants, shops and churches reopened  in Italy this week

Bars, restaurants, shops and churches reopened this week, and the coastline was declared open. Umbrellas are being set 1.5 metres apart on some beaches. Hotels are likely to reopen in early June.

Sicily will subsidise travel for tourists via a £67 million fund.

CHANCE OF A SUMMER HOLIDAY: EU tourists can visit from June 3 without self-isolating. Britons can, too, if the UK drops quarantine plans for arrivals from Italy. 4/5

…And here’s a deal: Seven nights all-inclusive with flights at the Leonardo Da Vinci Hotel in Limone on Lake Garda from £511 pp (was £722 pp, loveholidays.com).

GREECE

Kalamitsii beach in Halkidiki, Greece. The tourist season will begin in Greece on June 15 

The tourist season will begin here on June 15, with hotels gradually opening. International flights will resume two weeks later.

There is a limit of 40 people per 1,000 square metres on beaches. Umbrellas are spaced four metres apart, and some are screened off.

CHANCE OF A SUMMER HOLIDAY: It proposed an ‘air bridge’ to let Britons visit without quarantining, but its tourism minister said the UK was unlikely to be one of the first countries allowed to enter. 3/5

…And here’s a deal: Five nights’ half-board with flights at Eagles Palace in Halkidiki from £399 pp (was £686 pp, travelzoo.co.uk).

FRANCE

The government in France has indicated foreigners will not be able to holiday there until July 24

Restaurants and bars will open from June 2. Visitors must present a certificate stating they do not have Covid-19, or quarantine for 14 days. 

Three-hour slots must be booked on some beaches. Masks are mandatory on public transport, including the Eurostar.

CHANCE OF A SUMMER HOLIDAY: Its Government indicated foreigners will not be able to holiday there until July 24 at the earliest. It will give an update on Monday. 3/5

…And here’s a deal: Seven nights’ room-only with flights at the Hotel Vacances Bleues Le Royal in Nice from £501 pp (was £738 pp, loveholidays.com).

TURKEY

Overseas travellers to Turkey must quarantine for 14 days at present. Pictured is the resort of Bodrum 

Hotels and restaurants can get a new safety certificate by doing twice-daily temperature checks on staff, for instance. 

They will open at the end of the month, along with beaches. Overseas travellers must quarantine for 14 days at present.

CHANCE OF A SUMMER HOLIDAY: Its Government is aiming to welcome tourists by mid-June, and test visitors when they arrive. 4/5

…And here’s a deal: Seven nights’ self-catering at Agar Apartments in Bodrum with flights from £240 pp (was £372 pp, jet2holidays.com).

USA

Britons are currently banned from entering the U.S from the UK at present, meaning no trips to Walt Disney World in Florida 

The U.S. has the highest number of recorded Covid-19 cases, at more than 1.6 million. Restrictions are handled by states. 

Some have plans to restart tourism on June 1, when their hotels and campsites will open at 50 per cent capacity. Britons are banned from entering the U.S from the UK at present.

CHANCE OF A SUMMER HOLIDAY: Low. Autumn is a better bet. 1/5

…And here’s a deal: Seven nights’ room-only at Rosen Inn in Orlando, with flights, from £795 pp (was £1,052 pp, tui.co.uk).

…AND THE UK

Restrictions on travel to beaches and national parks were lifted in England this month. Pictured is the harbour at Port Isaac in Cornwall 

Campsites, holiday parks and self-catering properties are likely to reopen from July 4 at the earliest. Hotels and B&Bs may have to wait longer. 

Restrictions on travel to beaches and national parks were lifted in England this month, but Scotland and Wales have made more modest changes.

CHANCE OF A SUMMER HOLIDAY: Certain, unless there’s a spike in cases or deaths. 5/5

…And here’s a deal: Pitches at Cornish Tipi Holidays near Port Isaac from £18 per night (cornishtipiholidays.co.uk).

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De Blasio throws cold water on actually having fun at NYC’s open beaches

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday that the Big Apple’s beaches will be open for Memorial Day weekend — but warned there won’t be a whole lot of fun in the sun allowed.

“You can walk on the beach. You can hang out on the beach, but do it in a manner that is consistent with everything we’ve been talking about,” de Blasio said.

“You go out for the amount of time you need, then you get back home.”

With no lifeguards on duty, de Blasio said, beachgoers can forget about one of the main attractions — hitting the waves.

“I’ve been really clear about the beaches — they are closed for swimming . . . People are not supposed to go to the beach to swim,” he said during his daily coronavirus briefing at City Hall.

Hizzoner also said that sun-worshippers will need to wear a face mask along with their bathing suits, and that social-distancing and other rules would be strictly enforced by about 150 Parks workers — backed up by “hundreds” of NYPD cops.

“There’s not going to be anything with group activity. No sports, no volleyball, no gatherings,” he said.

“And there will be vehicles constantly reminding people: no swimming, no barbecuing, no sports.”

City personnel will be stationed at all entry points, de Blasio said, “counting how many people are going on the beach, checking to make sure that there’s the right number of people, and we don’t see any crowding on the beach, we don’t see any crowding on the boardwalk.”

“If we start to see any crowding, we’re going to make sure to limit,” he added.

De Blasio called the crackdown on traditional summertime pleasures “smart moves to keep our progress going” in the fight against the deadly coronavirus.

Later, during an interview on WNYC radio, de Blasio also called the plan a “modified, lesser version of what we would normally do, because we cannot allow to have happen what happened in Florida and California.”

“We cannot see people going to the beaches in large numbers, crowding together. We’re just not doing that,” he said.

During a meeting of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee, Deputy Parks Commissioner Margaret Nelson noted that surfing was still allowed because it’s “not considered swimming under the state health code.”

And while there will be “people on the waterline” enforcing the no-swimming edict, Nelson said, the water won’t be entirely off-limits.

“You can dip your feet into the water,” she said in response to a question from committee Chairman Donovan Richards (D-Queens).

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