2 . COVID-19 confusion: National parks don't require face masks, even if their states do
USA Today | August 25, 2020 | by Curtis Tate

Robert Cartright and his girlfriend noticed something right away when they arrived at Glacier National Park in Montana on Saturday: The park's trails were packed, yet few people wore face masks.

The park reopened in June after a nearly three-month closure during the coronavirus pandemic. The National Park Service encourages but does not require park visitors to wear masks.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people wear them to prevent the spread of the virus, which has infected more than 5.7 million Americans and killed more than 178,000.

At national parks, which have become a welcome outdoor escape for Americans who stayed home for weeks or months, their use is far from consistent.

3. UMA Member Amador Stage Lines celebrates National Dog Day for some social media attention
Did you know today is National Dog Day? Social posts that tie into fun or even serious or somber holidays become part of something bigger, especially when you use hashtags. They also give you an opportunity to post when you might not have anything big to promote. Here's a link to a Google calendar for 2020 that lists out numerous "holidays" both serious and silly. Use these ideas to up your social media game.

4 . From robot cleaners to PPE uniforms, here's how technology is transforming air travel
National Geographic | August 23, 2020 | by Jackie Snow


MY RECENT PLANE trip from Washington, D.C. to Eugene, Oregon, didn’t feel different from a circa-2019 flight. Apart from an airport gift shop T-shirt that read “I’m sorry for what I said when we were quarantined,” the experience was familiar—even with masked passengers and half-full planes. But experts say that our future flights could be very different.

A tech revolution in the aviation industry was already in motion before the pandemic. But the medical and material demands of COVID-19 have brought urgency and velocity to the race to make passenger air travel safer. On the ground and in the air, robot cleaners, new PPE uniforms for flight attendants, and mandatory medical screenings could become standard aspects of future air travel.

Here’s how technology might change your next flying experience.



5 . GNJMA hosts opportunities for members to reconnect and rejuvenate on October 14
The Greater New Jersey Motorcoach Association encourages operators to register for a couple of great opportunities to reconnect with members and partners, and support the GNJMA Scholarship Program.

Registration links:

6 . CDC lifts quarantine order
Recommend | August 25, 2020 |

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has very quietly lifted its 14-day quarantine for travelers.

It is now advising travelers to check state, local, and territorial governments for requirements regarding quarantine. It says there are some destination that require those who have recently traveled to stay home for up to 14 days. Click here for more information.

Previous guidelines focused on a 14-day quarantine for those returning from international destinations or areas with a high concentration of cases. It is now requiring travelers to check with the destination they visited.

7. Districts taking extra steps to make school bus rides safe in midst of pandemic

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CBS News | August 26, 2020

While a normal year would see about 26 million children take a school bus, the start of the 2020 academic year has seen educators and administrators scramble to create plans to bring kids to and from class safely.

Measures to keep COVID-19 from spreading include having kids wear masks and social distance on the ride, but some are still wary of the health risks the coronavirus pandemic poses.

"Okay CJ, come on up, sweet girl," Virginia school bus driver Gracie Duncan told a young student climbing aboard to start her academic year.
She gently reminded the girl to keep her face mask on before instructing the next student in line to walk down the rows of the bus first to fill up seats back-to-front.

The handful of students who climbed aboard the bus, CBS News' Kris Van Cleave reports, must wear masks, go to assigned and distanced seats marked with the school's logo and fill the bus from back to front. 


8. HOS and other regs: What to expect before and after the election
American Trucker | August 26, 2020 | by Cristina Commentadore
As uncertainty teems across the nation and at the top of federal agencies just a few months before the presidential election, the trucking industry can expect to see a race to the policy finish line from the Trump administration—particularly as it relates to federal hours of service (HOS) rule changes.

Dave Osiecki, president and CEO of Scopelitis Transportation Consulting, broke down what the industry could expect from Washington before and after the Nov. 3 election during Trimble’s 2020 virtual in.sight user conference and expo.

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