Stephen King to fight big mergers; Carnival and Royal Caribbean relax COVID testing requirements
The government and publishing titan Penguin Random House traded opening salvos in a federal antitrust lawsuit on Monday as the United States seeks to stop America’s biggest book publisher from taking over rival Simon & Schuster. The case is a key test of the Biden administration’s antitrust policy.
The government’s star witness, best-selling author Stephen King, is set to testify in Tuesday’s session of the weeklong trial in US District Court in Washington, DC King’s work is published by Simon & Schuster.
The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit to block the $2.2 billion merger, which would reduce the Big Five U.S. publishers to four.
Carnival and Royal Caribbean relax COVID testing requirements
Carnival Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean Cruises are changing COVID-19 testing requirement policies following the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s official end of its referral program.
Carnival has announced that it will no longer require pre-cruise testing for those who have been vaccinated on its sailings of five days or less starting August 4. It will still require pre-cruise testing for sailings of six nights or more, but can be completed within three days of departure.
The line will no longer provide terminal testing for unvaccinated customers on the day of departure, and all such customers aged 2 and over must provide proof of a negative result for a lab-administered or supervised self-administered COVID antigen . test, also within three days prior to boarding.
Royal Caribbean is taking a similar approach to Carnival with the removal of pre-cruise testing for vaccinated guests on sailings of five nights or less starting August 8.
The CDC’s cruise guidance program was shut down on July 18.