BEIJING, July 13 (Xinhua) — Beijing will resume on-site sporting events starting on Tuesday, according to the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Sports.
Administrative districts of the city with low risk of COVID-19 will be allowed to hold sports events with less than 1,000 people (including staff and spectators). For sporting events with more than 1,000 people, organizers need to report to the government for evaluation and permission, read an announcement posted online on Monday evening by the bureau.
Sports events will not be held in districts of the city with COVID-19 medium and high-risk areas. And people from medium and high-risk areas without valid health codes and trip codes will not be allowed to participate in on-site sporting events.
Basic epidemic prevention and control measures are necessary for every on-site event.
Organizers are required to disclose the basic information 30 days ahead. ■
Speaking in a virtual press conference on Monday, Mayor Eric Adams said his doctors have cleared him to participate in outdoor events as soon as Friday, which would be five days after he received his first positive test for coronavirus — as long as he wears a mask.
The mayor, dressed in a blue suit and pink tie, spoke for roughly 20 minutes as he stood before a podium at Gracie Mansion. He held the virtual press conference to comment on President Joe Biden’s new restrictions on “ghost guns” as they were discussed publicly on Monday.
Aside from sounding slightly hoarse, he appeared healthy. His office said on Sunday that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and would be working remotely as he recovered from the virus, which manifested in the form of a raspy voice.
“I feel fine. No fever, no runny nose, no aches and pains outside of the raspiness in my voice,” Adams said.
The 61-year-old mayor credited his condition to the fact that he was vaccinated and had received one booster shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said those who test positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms should isolate for at least five days, regardless of vaccination status.
Still, the infection with COVID-19 came at an inopportune moment for the mayor, who tested positive on his 100th day in office. Prior to announcing his illness, the mayor abruptly canceled a morning of in-person events, including appearing at an opening day event at Coney Island’s amusement park. The mayor had also been expected to deliver a speech this week on his 100 days that would spell out the next steps in his agenda.
Some have criticized the mayor for failing to wear a mask consistently at all of his events. He attended the Gridiron Club dinner last weekend in Washington, D.C, where more than 70 attendees have since tested positive for COVID-19.
On Friday, he went to opening day at Yankee Stadium before departing for Albany, where he spent Saturday mixing with lawmakers at events organized by the Association of Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian legislators. He was seen maskless in some videos taken by protesters inside the Legislative Office Building in Albany.
Asked by a reporter whether he would change his behavior in light of his infection, Adams said that he would still “try to be as visible as possible as we get through COVID and many of the other crises that we’re facing.”
“I just think it’s important to continue to encourage New Yorkers to be vaccinated and boosted,” he said.
The mayor also said his diagnosis would not affect his broader policy of rolling back pandemic restrictions.
Cases have been steadily rising in New York City, driven by the BA.2 variant. The seven-day average of new daily cases is now more than 1,800, compared to under 100 cases per day a month ago, according to the city’s health data.
Adams has repeatedly said his decisions on ending restrictions would be based on the guidance of city health officials. The surge in virus cases recently prompted the mayor to postpone his decision to lift the mask mandate for children under 5.
“What happens to me personally should not determine how I make policies,” he said.
Adams began the press conference by saying that the number of ghost guns — untraceable firearms, which can be assembled from home — had “skyrocketed” in New York, with 163 recovered this year as of last week — five times as many as the same period last year.
“This is one of the most important weapons that feeds the sea of violence in our city and in our country,” he said.
SINGAPORE – The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is gearing up for a strong comeback by the tourism sector and will pave the way for large-scale, high-quality business and leisure events to recommence this year, Minister of State for Trade and Industry Low Yen Ling said in Parliament on Friday (March 4).
Speaking during the debate on the Ministry of Trade and Industry’s (MTI) budget, Ms Low said many more events, such as the Global Health Security Conference 2022 and Find Design Fair Asia 2022, as well as the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix and the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon, will be held later in the year.
“We will defend our position as a leading destination for high-quality business and leisure events. We hit a ‘pause’ button on these because of Covid-19,” said Ms Low.
The Singapore Air Show 2022, which took place from Feb 15 to 18, welcomed an estimated 13,000 trade attendees and almost 600 exhibitors from more than 39 countries.
STB has also just launched the Tourism Careers Hub pilot to provide training and skills upgrading for workers and firms in the tourism sector.
The initiative will focus on job matching within the sector and encouraging technology transformation, among other workforce improvement efforts.
The STB will accelerate its SingapoReimagine campaign as international travel resumes, and help tourism companies develop attractive products and experiences.
In addition, the SingapoRediscovers voucher (SRV) scheme was launched in 2020 to drive local spending at hotels, attractions and tours here.
The scheme has since generated nearly $300 million in SRV-related bookings and transactions, and up to $100 million in ancillary spending.
The MTI will also work with the tourism sector to co-create innovative tech and digital solutions.
Over the past three years, STB’s Singapore Tourism Accelerator Programme has supported 34 promising tech start-ups in developing solutions to ready the sector for the future.
“Covid-19 has hit the tourism sector very hard, but despite the challenges, we have continued to quickly adapt and pivot to new propositions to come back stronger,” said Ms Low.
“We will continue to support the tourism sector’s efforts to recover, innovate and come back stronger than before.”