pinkomelet/iStockBy AARON KATERSKY and MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — New York state is moving away from a travel advisory that required a two-week quarantine for people coming from COVID-19 hotspots and instead will mandate that all travelers test negative for the virus before and after coming to the state, the governor announced Saturday.“There will be no quarantine list, there will be no metrics,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters. “There will be one rule that applies across the country.”That rule requires that those coming to New York must test negative for COVID-19 within three days before their arrival, and have proof of the test. Once in New York, they must quarantine for three days and take another test on the fourth day. If they test negative, they can end their quarantine.Residents of New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania are exempt from this requirement, Cuomo said.New York residents who travel to another state for 24 hours or fewer must take a COVID-19 test within four days of arrival, the governor said. Any longer and, like non-residents, they must take a test within three days of travel and test negative, quarantine for three days upon return and get tested on the fourth day. If they test negative, “you go about your business,” Cuomo said.It is unclear when the new requirements go into effect.Cuomo stressed the need for the new policy as Thanksgiving approaches.“Just because they’re your family, doesn’t mean they’re safe from COVID,” he said. “And that’s where we’re seeing increases.”The original travel advisory, which the governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut announced in late June, required that people coming to the region from states with a positive case rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or higher than a 10% test positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average, must quarantine for 14 days.Nine states were on the travel advisory list at the time. On Tuesday, California was the latest state to be added to New York’s travel advisory, for a total of 41 states and territories. Neighboring states Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania had also met the criteria, but a quarantine was not required given the level of travel between the states. Instead, officials discouraged non-essential travel to those states.Connecticut’s and New Jersey’s travel advisories are still in effect, according to their state websites. As of Tuesday, Connecticut had 42 states and territories on its list, while New Jersey had 41. Anyone traveling from those regions is asked to self-quarantine for two weeks.The announcement comes as New York is targeting “micro-clusters” that have higher testing positivity rates. On Saturday, the positivity rate in these focus areas was 3.01%, while the statewide positivity rate excluding those areas was 1.3%. The statewide positivity rate is 1.49%.New York has continued to see outbreaks linked to mass gatherings at houses of worship, weddings, funerals and other events, Cuomo said this week.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Phish – “Is This What You Wanted?”Warren Haynes and Danny Louis – “Hallelujah”Willie Nelson – “Bird On The Wire” & “Hallelujah” Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Bird On The Wire”Mike Gordon – “Who By Fire”Joe Cocker – “Bird On The Wire”Jeff Buckley – “Hallelujah”Rest in peace, Mr. Cohen. Hallelujah. In 1997, Leonard Cohen said, “Whenever I hear anybody do one of my songs, my critical judgments go into immediate, suspended animation. I’m just knocked out when anybody does a cover of mine … First of all, I’m happy that someone has heard the song and is moved to cover it. Second of all, it gives me a completely fresh take on the song, and I can then enter it into my own judgmental process … I think there are songs that are better done than I have done them.”In honor of Cohen and his musical legacy, sit back and enjoy a selection of Leonard Cohen songs performed by some of our favorite artists.Gov’t Mule (w/ The Better Half Singers) – “Bird On The Wire”Widespread Panic – “First We Take Manhattan” & “Hallelujah”
Now that fans have had a few days to come back down to earth and let their mind and bodies detox after what was a thrilling New Year’s Eve weekend last week, more videos from some of the holiday shows are starting to make their way onto the Internet.In the final week of 2018, Dumpstaphunk was busy playing for their fans out west last week. Two shows from the popular funk band in San Francisco (December 28th) and Denver (December 31st) featured notable end-of-the-year sit-ins from counterculture legend and newly minted MasterClass professor Carlos Santana, cannabis enthusiast/Ween guitarist Dean Ween, and Funkadelic guitarist Michael “Kidd Funkadelic” Hampton.Santana was the first to join Dumpstaphunk on stage during their December 28th performance at The Fillmore San Francisco. The band was in town opening up for Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, and Santana happened to be at the show as the guest of Sly & The Family Stone drummer and frequent Dumpstaphunk collaborator, Greg Errico. Santana’s surprise sit-in with the group was reportedly so spur-of-the-moment, in fact, that he didn’t even have a guitar to play when asked if he’d like to join in on the fun, forcing Dumpstaphunk guitarist Tony Hall to lend Santana his Fender Stratocaster and take up the bass for their cover of Buddy Miles Express’ “United Nations Stomp”. Even without his trademark PRS, Santana shredded his way through the song’s guitar solo. The entire sit-in, beginning with Santana waiting for an introduction at the side of the stage, can be watched below.Dumpstaphunk w/ Carlos Santana – “United Nations Stomp” – 12/28/2018[Video: Dumpstaphunk]The band’s on-stage jam with Deaner and Kidd Funkadelic came a few nights later during their double-billed show at the Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom in Dever on New Year’s Eve. Dean Ween (a.k.a. Mickey Melchiondo) had opened up the show with his Dean Ween Group, leaving Dumpstaphunk to take the audience into 2019 during their closing set. After helping Dumpstaphunk count down to the start of the new year, Ween and Kidd Funkadelic remained on stage to jam out to a pair of Parliament-Funkadelic tunes, “Up For The Down Stroke” and “Unfunky UFO”. A video of the 25-minute, nonstop jam was shared by the band to their Facebook, and can be watched in full below.Dumpstaphunk w/ Dean Ween, Kidd Funkadelic – “Up For The Down Stroke”, “Unfunky UFO” – 12/31/18[Video: Dumpstaphunk]Santana was one of the featured names included in BottleRock Napa‘s 2019 lineup announcement on Monday. The Memorial Day Weekend festival is just one of the stops on Santana’s 2019 tour schedule in support of his recently-announced forthcoming studio EP, In Search Of Mona Lisa.For a full list of Dumpstaphunk’s upcoming performances, head to the band’s website.