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    We received emails from Viking last night/early this morning. We have two trips with them coming up. One is mid July and one is Oct. 2021. This is what both emails said:
    Dear Viking Guest,
    As you undoubtedly know, the coronavirus COVID-19 is causing concern in the general public and among those of us engaged in travel. At Viking, the safety and security of our guests and employees has always been our top priority. We have implemented enhanced health screening procedures for all guests and staff before boarding our vessels and everyone is required to complete a health care questionnaire before embarkation. We continue to reiterate the importance of individual hygiene, sanitizing and washing of hands.
    We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely including the travel advisories issued by the U.S. State Department and information updates issued by the Centers for Disease Control in the U.S. and the World Health Organization in Switzerland.
    This is a situation that can change from day to day, and we can well understand that the decision of whether or not to travel may be weighing on your mind – particularly for those with imminent departures.
    In view of this we are for the time being making a temporary exception to our cancellation policy so that you can be free to postpone your cruise at any time up until 24 hours before the planned departure, without incurring any cancellation fees. You will be issued a voucher for future travel valid for 24 months, which can be used on any Viking product (river, ocean or expedition). This temporary exception to our standard cancellation policy is applicable for all guests who currently have a reservation with Viking and for all new reservations made through April 30, 2020.
    The temporary exception to our cancellation policy is as follows:

    • Notification of your intent to postpone your current cruise must be received as follows:If you have flights arranged by Viking, it must be received at least 24 hours prior to the time of your flight's departure.

      If you have arranged your own flights, it must be received at least 24 hours prior to the time of embarkation of the cruise or your hotel check-in, whichever is first.
    • Cancelled reservations will be reimbursed in the form of a Future Cruise Voucher in the amount of 100% of all funds paid to Viking.
    • Future Cruise Vouchers may be used toward any future river, ocean or expedition cruise with Viking and will be valid for 24 months from issuance.

    If you have any questions, please contact your Travel Advisor or Viking at 1-833-900-0951, Monday through Friday, 4:00 AM to 9:00 PM, and Saturday to Sunday, 5:00 AM to 7:00 PM, PT.
    We hope you will choose to join us as planned. We will continue to update you on any changes in itineraries or circumstance that may be relevant. In the meantime, we hope that this temporary exception to our policy will help put your mind to ease.
    Sincerely yours,
    Richard Marnell
    Executive Vice President

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    Our gym has had big buckets of Clorox wipes for about a year now and amazingly about 99% of everyone uses them. I wipe the equipment before and after use.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    If any of you are members of a gym remember to WIPE DOWN the equipment.....use a Clorox wipe or something equally as effective.

    My husband has a treadmill buddy that is a retired employee for the Who. She is now a consultant/independent contractor and just returned from Geneva on Saturday.
    She posted a notice in our clubhouse's gym about the importance of thorough cleaning of the machines.
    A wipe with a towel does not cut it.
    When we're traveling and use public fitness centers, we practice this procedure routinely.







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    No hand sanitizer? No Clorox wipes?

    add an ounce or 2 of isopropyl alcohol to the pack of bum wipers.

    carry a soft pack of baby bum wipes in your purse or a few in a baggie in your pocket if you do not carry a purse .......
    use as needed on hands, doorknobs, phones, railings etc!
    ​In a world where you can be anything, be kind!
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    We’re headed off to MGH this morning for Tom’s 6 month follow up. Packed my bag with hand sanitizers. Hope we are in and out quickly!

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    Hope it is all good news for Tom!

    Quote Originally Posted by Pegmeister View Post
    We’re headed off to MGH this morning for Tom’s 6 month follow up. Packed my bag with hand sanitizers. Hope we are in and out quickly!


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    Two factors which seem to differentiate Corona Virus from previous global pandemics reflect the realities of our 21st century world. As always, this is just an opinion.

    One is the speed with which viruses and bacteria can spread around the world due to the volume of international travel. This was simply not the case centuries, decades and even just years ago.

    Added to the speed of the spreading the virus itself is social media which can spread both useful, potentially life-saving information and harmful misinformation, with equal rapidity. It means we all need to be both careful and vigilant, while at the same time trying to avoid unreasonable panic.
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    Back from MGH. The off topic piece is Tom got wonderful results on his scans. No new concerns and the area they were watching has resolved itself. Best news ever!! Saw very few people wearing masks; noticed that no one wanted to touch the elevator buttons and there was hand sanitizer everywhere. Briefly discussed concerns with the doctor about the Coronavirus and she indicated that there were just too many unknowns; which we knew.

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    Great news Peg!!!!

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