airports over the weekend, discarding advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to stay at home as coronavirus infections reached daily records. Overall traveler numbers are still down 60% from a year ago, but Squaremouth, one of the country’s main insurance price aggregators, said its data suggested that the total number of travelers seeking cover was up 26% year-on-year. The data from Squaremouth is based on all travel insurance policies purchased on its website between March 12 and Nov. 9 for travel over the week of Thanksgiving. With trips to popular European destinations effectively banned, and the risks of quarantine and other curbs weighing on travelers’ decision making, overall requests for cover to foreign locales were lower than those for domestic trips. Those for the Bahamas and Costa Rica were down by just over half. Requests for insurance for trips to Mexico, however, were down just 23% year-on-year, and for the Turks and Caicos islands, just off Haiti, where luxury hotels are guaranteeing COVID-19-secure bubbles, they are up more than 500%. For those traveling outside the United States, a travel insurance policy that also has medical cover for COVID-19 will cover medical treatment that a normal healthcare policy would not, as well as potentially medical evacuation. Courtney Glass, a California-based stage actress, is insuring a trip with her parents to Guatemala to rendezvous with her sister and newborn niece basics Madi. “Madi arrived right as the virus did.

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I-94 Construction in Maple Grove Pauses for Winter For the next five months, people will have an easier time driving though Maple Grove on Interstate 94. “We’re glad to be done and we’ll be back at it next year,” said David Aeikens, a spokesperson for MnDOT. The three-year project to improve I-94 between Maple Grove and Clearwater has paused for the winter months. The most recent round of construction included resurfacing deteriorating pavement on the eastbound side and adding more parking spaces and signage at the Elm Creek Rest Area. But this past summer, the nine-mile stretch between Maple Grove and Rogers turned out to be especially dangerous. MnDOT officials report that 103 crashes occurred between July 1 and Sept. 30 this year, most of them a result of driving errors. Traffic management officials hope to avoid a repeat of that next year, but they need drivers to be more cautious. “Driving through whatever work zone including this one, you just need to drive with care. Reduce your speed, pay attention, and don’t follow too closely to the car in front of you,” said Aeikens. Sometime next spring MnDOT will move all traffic to the newly constructed eastbound side so crews can work on the westbound side.