UAE-India travel: Airfares plunge as new quarantine rule hits travellers – News


Prices have drastically dropped to around Dh250



Published: Sun 9 Jan 2022, 2:41 PM

Last updated: Sun 9 Jan 2022, 3:00 PM

Travel from the UAE to India has dropped drastically after the Indian government announced a seven-day home quarantine policy for all international travellers to help curb Omicron’s spread in the country.

Due to the massive decline in travel between the two countries, travel agents in Dubai said airfares have almost halved, as families and business travellers from the UAE have cancelled their trips because they’re uncertain about their return to the UAE.

On Friday, India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare announced that all international passengers will have to quarantine for seven days upon arrival in India. Then, they will have to take another PCR test on the eighth day and upload the result on the Air Suvidha portal. The results would be monitored by the respective Indian States and Union Territories.

India’s Ministry of Health reported over 150,000 new Covid-19 cases for the second day on the trot on Sunday, while Omicron cases reached 3,623 in the South Asian country.

Avinash Adnani, managing director of Pluto Travels, said there has been a big impact on the UAE-India travel on both business and family passengers because it remains unclear whether UAE travellers can return a few days after landing in India.

“There is no clarity right now. If we travel to India for two days, we have to quarantine for seven days and on the eighth day, I have to do a PCR test and upload it. So, if we want to go and stay at home and sign a business paper and then want to come back after two days, the question is: Will the immigration authorities stop me at the airport? That needs clarity and that is a big challenge for travellers from the UAE. Business travellers and families want to go, but they are not very comfortable with this rule. So, people are cancelling their travel plans,” he said.

Following the introduction of the seven-day home quarantine rule, inbound tourism to India is also almost dead because foreign tourists wouldn’t quarantine in a hotel for seven days and then move on.

Mir Wasim Raja, manager, MICE and holidays, Galadari International Travel Services, said travellers from the UAE are in dilemma because due to lack of clarity of rules.

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“We’ve got plenty of calls from people who want to go on a trip to India for two, three or four days, but they fear that they may get stuck there for a longer period,” he said.

Airfares plunge

Adnani said airfares from UAE to India have drastically dropped to around Dh250 because nobody wants to take the risk of travelling and getting stuck there.

“People have a fear of flights being closed again which is putting people off,” he said. “One-way airfare from Sharjah to Delhi on January 19 costs Dh250. On the contrary, rates are still high from India to UAE because people want to come here.

“Honestly, the authorities should look into this because this is really impacting the travel sector, especially business travellers, as a lot of people from the UAE go to India for a two-to-four-day trip,” added Adnani.

He suggested that it’s perfectly fine if the Indian government requires all international passengers to quarantine until they get the report of the Covid-19 PCR test taken at Indian the airport.





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Spain holidays: Face masks ‘temporary’ rule explained | Travel News | Travel


Spain is one of the most popular holidaying spots for Britons. The Covid pandemic, however, has made flying to Spain for a holiday harder than ever.

Holidaymakers who can prove their full vaccination status can enter the country.

But once in Spain, they face more Covid rules, with face masks again compulsory indoors and outdoors.

The move has been described as “temporary” by the Spanish Government, with many hoping the new rule will be lifted in time for Spring and the influx of tourists.

But it’s not all doom and gloom, with the mask mandate having exception.

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The Spanish health minister, Carolina Darias, has named beaches as an exception to the new face mask rule.

Britons jetting off to Spain for a holiday will not have to wear masks when lounging on the sand.

The exception is contingent on the social distancing rule being observed.

There are other exceptions to the face mask rule.

The new rule states everyone over the age of six years old must wear a face mask outdoors even if social distancing (1.5 metres between people) is being observed.

It is mandatory to wear a mask “in any outdoor space for public use or that is open to the public”, which includes everywhere from parks to streets.

Health minister Carolina Darias said: “Every time we go out, we have to
leave with our mask on.”

This applies to both locals and tourists, so holidaymakers will want to make sure they abide by the rule.

 





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BTS will miss TV K-pop awards because of South Korea quarantine rule


BTS is set to finish out a handful of dates in Los Angeles on Friday before heading back to South Korea. Their return will coincide with tighter quarantine requirements that health authorities in South Korea announced Thursday, when it broke its daily record for new coronavirus cases (5,200) for the second straight day. The country had confirmed six omicron cases as of Thursday, the Associated Press reports. South Korea is requiring all inbound travelers, including citizens and people who are vaccinated, to quarantine for 10 days. Vaccinated people were previously exempt from quarantine. The ramped-up measure is in place for at least two weeks.



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Macron announces a new vaccine rule for people 65 or older in France.


President Emmanuel Macron of France announced the tightening of an anti-coronavirus measure on Tuesday, as virus cases kept rising across France and the rest of Europe.

In a televised speech, Mr. Macron called the trends worrying and urged people to get vaccinated against the coronavirus as soon as possible.

People over 65 years old, he said, will now have to get a booster shot to remain eligible for a vaccine “passport” that is required to gain access to restaurants, museums, long-distance trains and other public places. The new rule takes effect Dec. 15.

In addition, Mr. Macron said, people ages 50 to 64 will be eligible for a booster shot beginning in December. He did not link the passport to the booster shot for this age group.

France already has a fairly high vaccination rate, with 69 percent of its population fully vaccinated. Even so, reports of new Covid-19 cases have been increasing in recent weeks, as have hospital admissions, which Mr. Macron called an alarm signal.

“Vaccinate yourself so that you can lead a normal life,” Mr. Macron implored those who had still not gotten a single shot. “Being free in a nation like France entails being responsible and showing solidarity. I’m therefore counting on you.”

Hospitals are reporting an average of 40 Covid-related deaths a day. That has risen 60 percent in a week, though it remains only one-tenth of the figure seen a year ago, when no vaccines were available.

France is the latest European country to experience a resurgence in the virus. Germany set a record this month for new cases reported in a day, and Britain is in the middle of a surge, three months after all restrictions were lifted.

The World Health Organization warned last week that Europe was back at the epicenter of the pandemic and that half a million people on the continent could die from Covid in the next few months.



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Economy, Vaccine Mandate, Tipped Worker Rule


This is a weekly post spotlighting labor topics in focus by the US legislative and executive branches during the previous week.

In this issue, we cover:

  • Reconciliation Spending Measure/Infrastructure Package Updates

  • U.S. Economy Update

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Employer Mandate Updates

  • Other General COVID-19 Updates

  • Labor Department Confirmation Updates

  • Tipped Worker Final Rule Published

  • Republicans Challenge NLRB

  • Upcoming Congressional Hearing

Both chambers of the U.S. Congress were in session this past week and will be in session next week.  On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to move forward on a planned vote on the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill.  The chamber instead advanced a bill that extended highway programs until December 3.  The Senate followed suit, unanimously approving the highway bill extension and thereby averting another furlough of Federal transportation officials.  December 3 is also the date on which current funding for the Federal Government will lapse, and the date by which the Treasury Department has projected that Congress must act to avert a U.S. Government default on its debt obligations.


Reconciliation Spending Measure/Infrastructure Package Updates.  

On Thursday, October 28, U.S. President Joe Biden announced Democrats had largely agreed on a framework of a $1.75 trillion Build Back Better Act that includes investments in childcare, early education, housing, home care, climate change and the child tax credit.  House Democrats released initial text of the bill (H.R. 5376) later that day.  It did not include any family paid leave provisions that the President and other Democrats had sought to initially include.  Notably, portions of the bill have yet to be drafted, and the Senate Parliamentarian will need to be consulted on provisions under the so-called “Byrd Rule”, since the bill will move via the budget reconciliation process.

Among other things, the framework would appropriate $40 billion for workforce development, $60 billion less than the White House initially proposed.  The framework would provide two years of free preschool; provide and expand access to high-quality home care for older Americans and people with disabilities; and ensure about 35 million families continue to receive the expanded Child Tax Credit.  It does not include reauthorization of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), which helps workers that lose jobs due to trade deals find new work.  The framework also does not mention unemployment insurance reform, which was included in the President’s American Families Plan.

At this time, there are no specific pro-union provisions, such as from the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act ­– namely language giving the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) sharper teeth and empowering it to conduct union elections online – in the framework or the House bill text, but this could change and would be subject to the Byrd Rule.  Text of the House bill, thus far, includes $707 million for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for enforcement, standards development, State plans, and other purposes.  The bill includes $350 million to “rebuild capacity” at the NLRB.  The House bill would provide $1 billion over five years for apprenticeship programs; and $5 billion for industry or sector partnership grants.  The House bill also includes language to adjust civil monetary penalties as follow:

  • Amends the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to increase the maximum penalty to $700,000 for willful and repeat violations; increase the minimum penalty to $50,000 for willful violations; and increase the maximum penalty for both serious and failure-to-abate violations to $70,000;

  • Amends the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to increase the maximum civil penalty to $132,270 for child labor violations; $601,150 for child labor violations that cause the death or serious injury of an employee under the age of 18; $20,740 for willful or repeated minimum wage or overtime violations; and $11,620 for tip violations; and

  • Amends the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act of 1983 to increase the maximum civil penalty for violations of the law to $25,790.

Meanwhile, Progressive Democrats continue to insist the infrastructure bill must advance in tandem with the Build Back Better Act, especially since Senators Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona) have not directly stated they would vote for the spending package, nor did they rule out any attempts to make further changes to it.  Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) has also held off on offering a full endorsement.

Given the narrow majority in both chambers of Congress, it remains to be seen if Democrats will remain unified in both chambers in order to advance their social spending bill, without any Republican support.  Ahead of his trip to Europe, President Biden reportedly told the Democratic Caucus:

I don’t think it’s hyperbole to say that the House and Senate majorities and my presidency will be determined by what happens in the next week.”


U.S. Economy Update. 

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Commerce reported the American economy slowed to a two percent annual rate in the third quarter, amid the Delta variant surge and increasing supply chain disruptions and inflation.  This is the weakest quarterly expansion since the recovery from the pandemic recession began last year.  Nevertheless, economists remain hopeful that the fourth quarter annual growth rate will rebound, possibly to four percent, as infections from the Delta variant subside, vaccination rates increase, and Americans spend ahead of the upcoming holidays.  However, this also presumes another variant, or sub-variant, does not take hold, as temperatures drop across the world.


COVID-19 Vaccine Employer Mandate Updates. 

OSHA’s emergency temporary standard (ETS) on vaccine mandates for private sector employers with more than 100 employees appears to be on track to be released publicly next week.  Reports indicate the ETS may allow employers to have unvaccinated employees pay for required weekly tests and masks, with some exceptions, such as where a worker qualifies for a vaccination exemption under Federal law.  Meanwhile, reports also indicate the business community has been meeting with officials in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and pressing for the start date of the mandate be moved until after the holiday season.  They warned the mandate could exacerbate labor shortages and contribute to additional supply chain disruptions.

On Thursday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (Republican) announced the state had filed suit against the Federal Government over its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for Federal contractors.  The lawsuit contends the President lacks authority to issue the mandate and the mandate violates procurement law.  The state is seeking an immediate injunction to the rule, which is scheduled to take effect on December 8.

Ahead of the Federal contractor vaccine mandate deadline, some companies are hiring to offset anticipated workforce losses.  For example, Northrop Grumman is hiring in anticipation of a loss of workers related to the Federal vaccine mandate.  The U.S. Navy is also facing potential labor shortages in its shipbuilding sector, as some workers in Maine, Mississippi and Virginia have been protesting and have pledged they will not get vaccinated, which will result in them losing their jobs.  Notably, Navy shipbuilding plans are already under stress from years of production delays.


Other General COVID-19 Updates. 

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)’s vaccine advisory panel began considering data from Pfizer/BioNTech on clinical trials involving their lose dose COVID-19 vaccine for children under the age of 12, culminating in a decision this week that endorsed the shot for children.  However, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisory panel has yet to act similarly.  Separately, on Monday, Moderna reported its COVID-19 vaccine is safe and efficacious for children ages 6 to 11 years old who receive two half doses.  In addition, a new study published on Wednesday found that fluvoxamine, an antidepressant, could potentially reduce the number of COVID-19 patients requiring urgent medical care.

On October 25, President Biden issued a Proclamation revoking existing country-specific suspensions and limitations on entry and implementing a world-wide COVID-19 vaccination requirement for foreign nationals – with entry into the United States beginning on November 8 – with very limited exceptions.  The travel industry has been advocating for the Biden Administration to lift the travel restrictions on foreigners, which have been in place since March 2020.  Airlines will be required to check travelers’ vaccination status before they can board planes bound for the United States.


Labor Department Confirmation Updates.  

On October 25, the Senate confirmed Doug Parker by a vote of 50 to 41 to serve as the next OSHA Administrator.  House Education & Labor Ranking Member Virginia Foxx (R-North Carolina) issued a statement after his confirmation, saying:

I am deeply concerned with Doug Parker’s ability to run OSHA. He was a key architect of the controversial and discredited COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard in California, which placed dozens of unworkable and bewildering new mandates on employers that often conflicted with current science and did nothing to improve workplace safety outcomes.  Now he will be in charge of implementing President Biden’s coercive national workplace vaccine-and-testing mandate, which will have a devastating impact on workers, business owners, and our economy.  His track record suggests that instead of following the science, he will follow in the Biden administration’s footsteps by creating uncertainty and confusion through politicized policy.”

 On Tuesday, October 26, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee voted 11-11 on Jose Rodriguez’s nomination to serve as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training; and advanced Larry Turner’s nomination to serve as Inspector General of the Department of Labor by voice vote.  With a tie vote, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) must next schedule an extra vote by the full Senate to discharge Rodríguez’s nomination out of the panel, extending the confirmation process.  At this time, there is no timetable by when this could happen.


Tipped Worker Final Rule Published. 

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Labor published a final rule that withdraws one portion of the Tip Regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) and finalizes its proposed revisions related to the determination of when a tipped employee is employed in dual jobs under the FLSA.  The Department clarified that an employer may only take a tip credit when its tipped employees perform work that is part of the employee’s tipped occupation.  Work that is part of the tipped occupation includes work that produces tips as well as work that directly supports tip-producing work, provided the directly supporting work is not performed for a substantial amount of time.


Republicans Challenge NLRB. 

On October 27, House Education & Labor Committee Ranking Member Foxx, Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), Representative Rick Allen (R-Georgia), and Senator Mike Braun (R-Indiana) sent a letter to NLRB Chair Lauren McFerran concerning NLRB Member David Prouty’s “improper swearing-in,” which they noted resulted in 25 days at work without a presidential commission.  They requested documents and explanations related to the scope of Mr. Prouty’s activities while working at the NLRB prior to receiving a presidential commission.


Upcoming Congressional Hearing. 

On Thursday, November 4, the House Education & Labor Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions is set to hold a hearing titled, “Closing the Courthouse Doors: The Injustice of Forced Arbitration Agreements.”


© Copyright 2021 Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
National Law Review, Volume XI, Number 306



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Tether Trials Solution to Comply With FATF Travel Rule – Bitcoin News


Tether, the operator of one of the leading stablecoins in the crypto market has announced it will commence trials of a system that will allow the company to comply with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) travel rule. The system, that is provided by Notabene, a company that offers ID and travel rule compliance solutions, will allow Tether to automatically communicate travel rule data between Virtual Asset Service Providers (VASPs).

Tether Eyes Compliance Solution

Tether, the company behind the issuance of the biggest stablecoin by market cap in the cryptocurrency market, USDT, will test trial a solution that will allow it to comply with the travel rule proposed by the Financial Action Task Force. The solution that will be tested, provided by Notabene, a software company that offers compliance solutions, will allow this information to be relayed between VASPs.

Tether’s actions are directed to thwart bad actors using USDT to move funds coming from illicit or going to illegal sources. This solution aims to make tether (USDT) more friendly to law enforcement agencies all around the world, and safer for users making transactions using Tether’s stablecoin.

Leonardo Real. CCO of Tether, declared:

It’s important that we work with other large VASPs to build this industry from the ground up. As pioneers of blockchain technology and leaders in transparency, we are dedicated to not only keeping up with new rules but helping shape them.


FATF’s Travel Rule

FATF’s travel rule, which was proposed to be implemented by VASPs as it is now enforced for traditional financial institutions, dictates that the information of both parties doing a transaction must be shared by the institutions facilitating it to help in case of money laundering or terrorists financing activities. However, the implementation of this rule in the cryptocurrency world has been difficult, due to the pseudonymous nature of the transactions.

This is why in the crypto world, approaches to comply with the travel rule sometimes use blockchain analytics and other systems to successfully deliver this data. Tether is not the only company that is seeking to heighten the level of vigilance on transactions made using its products. In July, Binance also implemented a similar system, provided by blockchain intelligence firm Ciphertrace, to comply with travel rule requirements, being one of the first exchanges doing it.

After successfully testing Notabene’s system, Tether aims to integrate this solution to have better oversight of transactions involving USDT. At the time of writing, Tether’s transparency page notes that there are approximately 70,687,988,377 tethers in circulation today.

What do you think about Tether testing a travel rule compliance solution? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Martin’s car and home insurance warning ahead of groundreaking rule changes


7. More than one car in the home? Multicar policies could save or cost you £100s

Multicar insurance policies aren’tincluded on comparison sites, so to find out if you’ll save requires digital elbow grease.

My rule of thumb is first try the opposite to what you have, as insurance has always been about sucking in newbies with special deals. So if you’ve multicar, try standalone policies. Got standalone? Then try multicar.

The three pure multicar discount policies are from Admiral MultiCar*, Aviva* and LV*. All let you set up a policy at your 1st car’s renewal, leaving the other car(s) on its existing insurer until their renewal. See multicar split-year renewals.

There are also multi-policy discounts, reducing the cost if you’ve two cars, or get car and home insurance together. These include More Than (15% off), Axa* (up to 15%), Esure* (10%), Privilege (varies) and Sheilas’ Wheels* (10%). Plus, Direct Line* and Churchill also offer discounts for multiple cars.

Multicar worked for Kam, who told us on Facebook: “I saved £500 by sticking both my and my wife’s car on a multicar policy.”

But Nigel tweeted that splitting was better: “@MartinSLewis I was with multicar until at renewal they wanted over £1,300 for 3 cars. Got 3 individual policies for under £600.”





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Mortgage rates jump to highest level since April, and how does the IRS ‘wash sale’ rule work?


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Labor Day: Fun facts, travel tips, picnic fare and that rule about white


The first Monday in September is set aside to recognize the social and economic achievements of American workers. It’s also a last hurrah of summer, as family members and friends get in that last trip, party or other warm-weather special event. Here are some fun facts about Labor Day and suggestions on how to make the most of the holiday.

How it started

Observation of Labor Day evolved during the late 19th century, in the throes of the Industrial Revolution, as activists called for a holiday to celebrate workers’ contributions to the nation’s strength and prosperity.

Before it became a federal holiday, Labor Day was recognized by individual states. New York was first to introduce legislation, but Oregon was first to pass a law recognizing Labor Day, on Feb. 21, 1887 — followed that year by Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. By the end of the decade, Connecticut, Nebraska and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 more states got on board.

On June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act, then signed into law by President Grover Cleveland, making the first Monday in September of each year a federal holiday.

Who gets credit?

Two men with similar names have been credited with proposing a holiday for workers.

Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, in 1882 suggested setting aside a day to honor laborers “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”

Another view, bolstered by recent research, says machinist Matthew Maguire proposed the holiday that same year while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York.

The two men didn’t appear to clamor over credit — both attended the country’s first Labor Day parade in New York City in 1894.

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President Joe Biden took part in Pittsburgh’s 37th annual Labor Day Parade on Sept. 3, 2018.

 

The three P’s

Labor Day is traditionally celebrated with these three P’s: parades, picnics and parties.

Unfortunately, Pittsburgh’s Labor Day was canceled for the second year, because of lingering pandemic concerns. But that still leaves picnics and parties.

Other popular ways to spend the long weekend include:

• Swimming

• Day trips

• Shopping Labor Day sales

Pack a picnic

If your Labor Day plans include a good, old-fashioned picnic, here are seven of the top foods (or six foods and one beverage) to take along, according to the National Day Calendar:

• Fried chicken

• Pasta salad

• Deviled eggs

• Watermelon

• Sandwiches

• Lemonade

• Brownies

Travel trends

Labor Day weekend is traditionally a top travel time, but this year, to travel or not to travel has been the question. According to Conde Nast Traveler, many Americans have kept this year’s Labor Day plans flexible, because of uncertainty over spread of the delta variant.

“There’s been a lot of interest this summer for travel,” said Jim Garrity, AAA East Central director of public affairs. “People are being a little more cautious because of the changing regulations and virus situation, but our summer travel booking figures are rivaling 2019, so people are anxious to get on the road and travel again.”

Travel data company Arrivalist predicted a 1% drop in Americans hitting the road this weekend, compared to 2020, in the midst of the pandemic, and a 10% decrease compared to 2019.

Trip Advisor reported an early August trend of last-minute travel bookings. The trend emerged last year in response to a rise in refundable and flexible booking options.

Trip Advisor also says that most Americans are traveling domestically this year (perhaps out of necessity), with cars.com reporting that 90% of summer travel is taking place in private vehicles.

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It’s no longer a fashion faux pas to wear white after Labor Day. Here, Tracy Showman (left), Suzanne Ward, Ann Richmond and Missy Smeltz wear the de rigueur white apparel at the 2019 Westmoreland Croquet Club Tournament.

 

Wearing white

The old rule of fashion was that white clothing was appropriate only between Memorial Day and Labor Day. How that rule evolved is open to debate, according to Southern Living. Obviously, lighter-colored clothing is cooler than dark duds in the dog days of summer.

One theory says that wearing white was a marker of class distinction. City dwellers wore dark clothing to mask the urban grime they picked up as they moved about. The wealthy, who could afford to summer in the country, wore white to indicate their social standing.

By the 1950s, the rule was touted by fashion magazines and became popular with the middle class — though not everyone was on board. French fashion designer Coco Chanel notoriously wore white all year-round.

Today, it’s more about fabric than color. Labor Day is the time to pack away your white cottons and bring out your white wools.

As fashion designer Michael Kors tweeted in 2013, “Ignore the old rules. White after Labor Day is glamorous.”

Get out and celebrate

Still looking for something to do on this last official weekend of summer? Here are last-minute options for music, family fun, food, shopping for fall decor and more.

Allegheny County Music Festival: Popular Pittsburgh band The Commonheart headlines the annual festival, also featuring Funky Fly Project, Meeting of Important People and Sierra Sellers. Music kicks off at 5 p.m. Sunday at Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheatre.

Food trucks and Hop Farm Brewing Co. will be on site beginning at 6 p.m.

Suggested donation of $20 per car and a 50-50 raffle benefit the Allegheny County Music Festival Fund, which assists children and youth receiving services through the Department of Human Services and the Juvenile Section of the Family Division of the Court of Common Pleas.

Details: alleghenycounty.us

Arts & Crafts Labor Day Festival: The 28th-annual event promises about 200 indoor and outdoor exhibits at the Westmoreland Fairgrounds in Mt. Pleasant Township. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today and Monday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Vendors will offer floral designs, embellished clothing, scented candles, jewelry, soft sculpture, functional and decorative wood, pet items, seasonal home decor, ceramics, flags, adult beverages, gourmet prepackaged and ready-to-eat foods.

The festival also features live music and children’s activities.

Admission is $6.50, $6 for ages 65 and older, $3 for ages 12-15.

Details: familyfestivals.com

Heinz Field Kickoff and Rib Festival: The five-day festivities continue from noon- 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday and noon-7 p.m. Monday at the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers on the Steel City’s North Side.

The extravaganza includes food, music, rides and games, a Steelers Experience and appearances by Steely McBeam.

Admission is free; some elements require paid tickets.

Details: heinzfield.com

Labor United Celebration: Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation Department celebrates “the proud tradition of labor in Western Pennsylvania” with the annual two-day event in Northmoreland Park in Allegheny Township. Hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday.

Festivities include live music, Zerbini Family Circus, bingo, arts and crafts marketplace and flea market with more than 150 vendors.

Parking and admission are free. Purchase of the $4 all-day activity pass includes unlimited access to midway rides, petting zoo, horse-drawn trolley rides, circus, kiddie train rides, bounce houses and other activities.

Details: co.westmoreland.pa.us

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .





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Travel rule change delayed by lateral flow test shortage


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