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Tansy Mews

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    Toronto, Canada
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    Retired librarian
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    Oceania

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  1. From the Vancouver Sun https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/covid-19-still-hope-for-vancouvers-cruise-ship-season-but-some-lines-have-cancelled-for-2020/wcm/936fefc4-c277-46de-bcdd-8bf7569a138e/amp/
  2. We got a dozen mixed bottles from Le Sommelier through Wine Align https://www.winealign.com/exchange/141-Restaurant+Relief+Cases Not cheap but good wine. Delivered to our door! We also thought of but didn’t order from Ontario wineries. https://winecountryontario.ca/direct-to-home/ Frances
  3. BTW, the population of Ontario is just under 15 million. And today we had 294 new cases. Frances
  4. In downtown Toronto, Canada. Schools closed since the start of March break (March 12) and we have been hunkered down since then. A provincial state of emergency was declared on March 17th. Only food stores, pharmacies and take-out food are open. Hardware stores were closed until yesterday (except curbside pickup). The border between Canada and the US is closed, by mutual agreement, except for truckers, those who work in the other country, etc.) The government had asked people to come home and coordinated flights to get people home. I was amazed at the number who live outside Canada! Anyone returning to Canada has to self-quarantine for 2 weeks. And they must have a plan for groceries, etc. Those of us not under self-quarantine (the vast majority) are staying home except for groceries, etc. and a walk in the neighbourhood. We are ordering online mostly. People are finding creative ways to offer goods and services. An online wine website has organized wine sales from wine distributers who usually sell to restaurants. We have ordered our 2nd box of twelve. There is a farm that offers wonderful produce and they are delivering a weekly box of fruit and veggies, in cooperation with a greenhouse grower. Yesterday we got our first lot, including green garlic, tomatoes, rhubarb! And we ordered meat from our organic farmer, anticipating that there may be shortages in the future. Can't see my kids and grandkids, except on FaceTime and online gaming. Lots of contacts with family - by phone, email, chat. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Non-essential retail stores can open for curbside pickup tomorrow but likely it won't affect me. But things won't open up very much until we get down to less than 200 new cases per day in our province of Ontario. Numbers are going in the right direction, but still need to respect physical distancing (no closer than 2 metres and only with our household) on our walks. And recalling all the wonderful places we have been on cruises and other modes of travel!
  5. Sorry, I meant here in Ontario, Canada. We Very few things have been open. A few anomalies - Costco and Walmart because they also sell food.
  6. Not sure where this is going but everything but supermarkets, pharmacies are closed down. Home Depot has had curb side pickup only. Finally hardware stores reopen next week. I live in downtown Toronto and I haven’t been anywhere except a short walk since March9 or so. There must be a light at the end of the tunnel!
  7. See this joint communique: https://www.dhs.gov/news/2020/03/20/joint-statement-us-canada-joint-initiative-temporary-restriction-travelers-crossing
  8. CC says: Canada: All Canadian ports are closed to cruise ships with more than 500 passengers through July 1, 2020. Arctic ports are closed for the entire season. Foreign nationals from all countries are barred from entering Canada. In addition, Canada has extended restrictions on any Canadian cruise ship from mooring, navigating, or transiting in Canadian Arctic waters (including Nunatsiavut, Nunavik and the Labrador Coast) until November 1, 2020. https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/5097/
  9. https://www.latimes.com/travel/story/2020-03-13/canadas-port-closures-because-of-coronavirus-may-end-alaska-big-ship-cruises
  10. Not new. This was announced in mid-March. https://thepointsguy.com/news/alaska-cruise-season-postponed-canada-bans-ships/ Speculation at the time that the whole season was bumped. Frances
  11. I have a few cards - Mastercard, VISA and American. Express. Perhaps get another for travel purposes? You might see if you can get one with a PIN for use in ticket machines, gas stations, etc in Europe, etc It might not suit you of course. But you wouldn’t have to give up the card you love! Frances
  12. Opal is for Sydney and New South Wales. Myki is for Melbourne area and Victoria . Auckland has a different one again. AT Hop See https://transportnsw.info/tickets-opal/opal#/login https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/myki https://at.govt.nz/bus-train-ferry/#!/journey-planner See Australia - https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_smart_cards Frances
  13. The end of cruise review was online only - and open only for a few of the last busy days of the cruise. I missed out on an opportunity to give feedback. My fault, I know. It was online only. I wish I could give them comments. Any suggestions? I just did an online chat with O through my account but of course, they just sell cruises. And he said it wasn't possible to do it when I was off the ship. BTW, I was happy with the cruise, crew, itinerary, etc. Itinerary - Sydney to Auckland. Frances
  14. Friends were in 4003 on Regatta and they were disturbed by docking noises in the morning. They won't take a room so close to the bow again on a low deck.
  15. We just used our credit card to tap. You benefit from the daily maximum as well. Useful when you are there just a few days. https://transportnsw.info/tickets-opal/opal/contactless-payments Contactless is a quick and easy way to pay for your trip on public transport on the Opal network. If you have an American Express, Mastercard or Visa credit or debit card or a linked device, you can use it to pay for your travel by tapping on and tapping off at Opal readers. Just look for the contactless payment symbol . Contactless payments are available on all public transport in the Opal network. You will receive the same travel benefits of an Adult Opal card and pay an Adult fare when you tap on and tap off consistently with the same credit card, debit card or linked device. Find out more about paying the right fare. If you’re unsure whether your card is contactless-enabled, check with your card issuer. Always separate your cards when you tap on and tap off so your preferred card is charged.
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