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    SEATTLE (AP) — One person was killed and another wounded early Monday in Seattle’s “occupied” protest zone – the second deadly shooting in the area. Police said the shooting happened in the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, east of downtown. The Seattle Times reports that Harborview Medical Center said one of the wounded males was brought to the hospital by private vehicle around 3:15 a.m. The second was brought in by Seattle Fire Department medics about 15 minutes later. The hospital said one man died and the other was in critical condition, Seattle police didn’t immediately release any further information. Demonstrators have occupied several blocks around the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct and Cal Anderson Park for about two weeks, since the police left the precinct following standoffs and clashes with protesters calling for racial justice and an end to police brutality. Mayor Jenny Durkan said last week that the city...
    The Louisiana Senate approved two new tax benefits Sunday for businesses despite concerns the measures would chip away at state funding without offering much of a return for the taxpayers. Like many other tax breaks and incentives lawmakers have approved this year, the measures were pushed by a business task force legislative leadership created to suggest ideas to stimulate the economy and repair some of the damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and response. House Bill 13 would extend the state’s enterprise zone payroll subsidy program for new hires, which is set to expire next year, and allow restaurants, bars and retail trade businesses with 50 or fewer employees to participate. Those types of businesses previously had been part of the program because subsidizing them was found not to stimulate new businesses, lawmakers said. Sen. Barry Milligan, R-Shreveport, said it could help businesses that are “on the...
    The economic fallout from the COVID-19 crisis will produce business losers. Lots of them. Sad but true. The COVID-19 era will eventually end, but it could take years. Between now and then, I predict that many businesses and their customers will take unprecedented steps to protect themselves from whatever comes next. Even if it turns out that nothing really bad comes down the road anytime soon, steps will still be taken — as insurance. Good idea, IMHO. Bottom line: The old normal will be replaced by a new post-COVID-19 normal that’s significantly different. The transition from old to new will produce business winners, and many will come from America’s small business sector. This column explains why operating as a tax-favored qualified small business corporation (QSBC) can help eligible businesses survive and thrive in the new normal. But first, indulge me in some optimistic brainstorming about the kinds of new-normal...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore’s congressional delegation on Thursday announced the region will get more than $450,000 to help support minority- and women-owned businesses and create jobs. The money will come from the U.S. Department of Commerce through the Opportunity Zones Assistance Project, Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Kweisi Mfume, John Sarbanes and Dutch Ruppersberger said in a joint news release. Local funding will also help cover some of the initiative’s costs. “As a result of systemic and entrenched injustices in our society, businesses located in underserved communities – and especially businesses owned by women and people of color – have faced tremendous barriers to accessing the financial resources and technical support they need to succeed,” the lawmakers said in the release. “With strategic investments, more minority-owned and women-owned businesses can get off the ground, prosper, and boost local economies with good-paying jobs. We will continue working...
    SACRAMENTO —  Citing the rapid pace of coronavirus spread in some parts of the state, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday ordered seven counties including Los Angeles to immediately close any bars and nightspots that are open and recommended another eight counties take action on their own to close those businesses. The decision, a sign of growing concern about new COVID-19 cases, was announced in a statement issued by the governor’s state public health director, Dr. Sonia Angell. Bars in seven counties are immediately impacted by the state order: Los Angeles, Fresno, Kern, San Joaquin, Tulare, Kings and Imperial. Eight other counties have been asked by state officials to issue local health order closing bars: Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Sacramento, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara and Stanislaus. “COVID-19 is still circulating in California, and in some parts of the state, growing stronger,” Newsom said in a written statement. “That’s why...
    The business-focused versions of Windows 10 have normally let you avoid major updates for up to a year, which can be helpful if you either value stability at all costs or just don’t like change. You might not have quite so much breathing room going forward, though. As WindowsTimes and Gizmodo have noticed, Windows 10 version 2004 has reduced manual deferrals for Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise and Education updates to 35 days (just as long as for Home) and pulled the option from the Windows Update settings in Advanced Options. If you want to keep deferring updates, you’ll need to change local Group Policy to match. This is meant to “prevent confusion” and help make use of a policy targeting PCs whose version is nearly out of service, Microsoft said.
    CORONAVIRUS mask exemption cards that have been circulating are fake, the Justice Department warned on Friday. The wallet-sized cards — which have an official government seal on them — state that the card-holder is not required to wear a face mask amid the COVID pandemic. 2 Seen here is the fake card people have been reportedly using to try to get out of wearing a face maskCredit: Twitter One card, shared online by KSNV reporter Lauren Clark, says the holder is “exempt from any ordinance requiring face mask usage in public.” “Wearing a face mask posses (sic) a mental and/or physical risk to me. Under the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), I am not required to disclose my condition to you.” The card continues on to file a complaint with the Justice Department for violations of the apparent exemption, and threatens “steep penalties” with fines of up to $75,000 for...
    By DEE-ANN DURBIN, MAE ANDERSON and TALI ARBEL, AP Business Writers It’s not the reopening businesses were hoping for. After months of shutdown, restaurants, stores and even amusement parks announced their reopening with fanfare. But now that states like Texas and Arizona are seeing alarming surges in reported cases of COVID-19, businesses large and small must decide whether to keep their doors open. In some cases, governments are pausing their reopening plans. On Friday, Texas and Arizona shut down bars except for takeout and scaled back restaurant dining capacity. Florida banned alcohol consumption at bars. But many businesses had already taken those steps on their own, saying rising case numbers and shifting advice from state and local governments did not give them the confidence to stay open. The Kolache Factory, which has 27 bakeries mostly in the Houston area, opened dining rooms for two weeks before shutting them down June...
    It’s not the reopening businesses were hoping for. After months of shutdown, restaurants, stores and even amusement parks announced their reopening with fanfare. But now that states like Texas and Arizona are seeing alarming surges in reported cases of COVID-19, businesses large and small must decide whether to keep their doors open. In some cases, governments are pausing their reopening plans. On Friday, Texas and Arizona shut down bars except for takeout and scaled back restaurant dining capacity. Florida banned alcohol consumption at bars. But many businesses had already taken those steps on their own, saying rising case numbers and shifting advice from state and local governments did not give them the confidence to stay open. The Kolache Factory, which has 27 bakeries mostly in the Houston area, opened dining rooms for two weeks before shutting them down June 19 and returning to takeout and delivery. Chief Operating Officer Dawn...
    Texas and Florida, two states where coronavirus cases are surging, took steps on June 26 to help stop the spread of the virus. The United States set a new record for coronavirus cases, and officials have said that the number is a low estimate compared to the actual number of people infected. As Texas reported 6,000 more cases on June 25, Governor Greg Abbott put further restrictions on businesses after “pausing” the state’s reopening earlier in the week. Rafting and tubing businesses must remain closed and outdoor gatherings of over 100 people must be approved by local governments. Florida banned on-premise alcohol consumption in bars as the state’s case count recorded 9,000 new cases in one day. While Miami Mayor Francis Suarez made masks mandatory on June 25, the governor of Florida has not made the regulation statewide. Experts are still encouraging the public to social distance and wear...
    If you’re using Google’s Phone app, you’ll soon be able to know why a business establishment is calling before you even pick up. In a new support page discovered by Android Police, the tech giant goes into detail about a feature called “Verified Calls.” Businesses that choose to go through and pass Google’s verification process will be able to send the dedicated Verified Calls server their phone number, your phone number and their reason for calling, such as “Scheduling your internet installati on” or “Your food delivery.” Google will then show all that information on your Phone app. The feature is switched on by default, but it won’t work if you haven’t added your phone number to your Google Account. It also won’t work if you don’t have the Google Phone app, which still isn’t compatible with a lot of Android devices, including Samsung phones. You can switch the feature...
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas on Saturday reported 570 more cases of the coronavirus and 10 more deaths. The Arkansas Department of Health said that there are now 19,310 reported cases in the state. The state's total deaths from COVID-19, the illness the new coronavirus causes, is now at 259. The true number of cases is likely higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick. Gov. Asa Hutchinson has said he's not ready to further ease restrictions on businesses as coronavirus cases are surging. Arkansas' virus numbers have dramatically risen since last month, when businesses began reopening. Earlier this month, he allowed restaurants and other businesses to serve more customers. For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older...
    MANHASSET, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — There are new concerns for business owners as they begin to rebuild after the coronavirus pandemic, so some are asking patrons to sign liability waivers. As small businesses slowly reopen, many owners are doing all they can to limit exposure to the coronavirus and to potential lawsuits. “We do have a waiver that our guests sign before they come up,” said Jamie Mazzei from Nubest Salon in an interview with CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan. “We’ve had no resistance with that at all.” Nubest Salon client Heather O’Shea said with extreme sanitizing and safety precautions taken, she readily signed an agreement not to sue should infection occur. “If it was a different situation where they weren’t being as careful in following those CDC guidelines, there is no way that I would sign a waiver,” said O’Shea. “I’m doing it because I have faith in the establishment.” CORONAVIRUS...
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Health officials in Alaska have urged anyone who went to two Seward businesses to take a COVID-19 test after potentially being exposed to the coronavirus. The state Department of Health and Social Services has said visitors and employees who were at the Seward Alehouse and Yukon Bar last week should get tested, the Anchorage Daily News reported. “One of our staff members has unfortunately tested positive for COVID-19,” the Seward Alehouse said Friday on Facebook. “They are currently quarantined, resting, and on track towards a healthy recovery.” People who visited the restaurant between Sunday and Tuesday from 7 p.m. to midnight should get tested, officials said. Anyone who visited the Yukon Bar at any time on Tuesday should also get tested after the bar closed pending testing of all employees, the Yukon Bar said Thursday on Facebook. "The Public Health Department defines two or more cases...
    BOYSTOWN — A Black Trans Lives Matter protest sponsored by the Northalsted Business Alliance was canceled after Black, transgender activists pulled out of the march claiming they were being tokenized. The several-mile march was billed as an alternative to the annual Pride Parade that was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to organizers from Activate: Chi, a multicultural coalition of activists seeking nonprofit status. The group announced late Friday that the march was canceled after organizers from the Brave Space Alliance, who were scheduled to speak at the protest, pulled out of the event, criticizing its ties to “white-owned businesses and institutions in Chicago that have historically upheld anti-Blackness and transphobia in the queer and trans community, and across the city.” “Furthermore, as planning for the march proceeded, it became clear to Brave Space Alliance that we were being tokenized at the event, and deployed for clout by the...
    MCKINNEY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Officials in McKinney will be discussing on Monday a possible order of requiring face masks inside businesses, the city’s mayor said Saturday. Mayor George Fuller wrote on Facebook, “I will be initiating a discussion Monday morning with city staff to mandate masks by our businesses. I believe this is the intelligent health measure, and I will do what I can to also keep more businesses from being shut down by our State.” Fuller referenced Gov. Greg Abbott’s order on Friday that shut down bars for the second time during the pandemic as the state sees a surge in COVID-19 cases. Restaurants were also ordered to go back to a 50% limited capacity, down from 75%. So far, Dallas and Tarrant counties and the cities of Denton and Red Oak (Ellis County) have issued requirements for face masks inside businesses. In the Facebook post, Fuller urged residents...
    CITIES and states across the country looking to close the massive budget shortfalls created by the coronavirus pandemic are considering raising taxes on homes, cigarettes, local business and global tech giants. The increases that have been proposed and in some cases adopted reflect the growing desperation on the part of government leaders. Its forced leaders to consider more harmful and economically risky moves in the middle of an economic crisis. 4 Some state lawmakers have proposed or consider raising taxes on homes, cigarettes, local business and global tech giantsCredit: EPA Mark Mazur, former Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy in the U.S. Department of Treasury spoke out on the proposed raisings, “No politician wants to lead with raising taxes,” he said. “When they get there, it’s because they’ve run out of other options.” As cities such as Florida, Texas and California struggle to control the resurgence of coronavirus cases in their...
    DENTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The city of Denton is now requiring face masks inside businesses in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. The city announced this order on Friday, and it went into effect at 11:59 p.m. that day. This came after Dallas and Tarrant counties issued similar orders in response to a surge in cases throughout the area. In Denton, all businesses and nonprofits will also have five days to develop a health and safety policy that must be posted at or near their entrances. As of Friday, there are 2,581 confirmed cases of COVID-19, along with 37 deaths. There has been no word if there will be a face mask ordinance for all of Denton County. Denton’s order is expected to be in place until at least August 4. The city of Red Oak in Ellis County also issued a face mask order for businesses and...
    The residents and business owners surrounding Seattle's Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) "police-free" zone are effectively being held "hostage" by a "criminal element" that controls the six-block area and beyond, Seattle Police Officers Guild President Michael Solan reported Saturday In an interview on "Cavuto LIVE" with host Neil Cavuto, Solan said that the protests have gone "way too far" and that Seattleites -- dozens of whom are now suing the city -- have "every right to be angry." TRUMP VOWS NO 'AUTONOMOUS ZONE' IN DC AFTER PROTESTERS CLEARED "As well as the reasonable majority of Seattle citizens [who] are being held hostage by a criminal element that still controls six blocks of...Seattle-owned land, as well as privately-owned land," he noted. The numerous Seattle businesses – including an auto repair shop, a tattoo parlor, and a property management company – alleged city officials were complicit in allowing an “occupied protest” that has made them feel unsafe in their neighborhood. Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best talks...
    SAN ANTONIO – Face masks have become a staple in people’s lives in order to keep safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Although Bexar County has issued an executive order that mandates businesses require staff and customers to wear a mask, they realize it has been a challenge for some local shops. That’s why the county is stepping in and stepping up to help alleviate some of the pressure. On Saturday morning at Bibliotech’s location in the city’s South Side, county employees and volunteers helped distribute 160,000 face masks.On Saturday morning, Bexar County employees and volunteers helped distribute 160,000 face masks. The distribution took place at Bibliotech in the city's South Side. (Copyright 2020 by KSAT - All rights reserved.)“We don’t want anyone to have to receive a fine,” Watson said. Watson is the director of the county’s Small Business and Entrepreneurship Department. According to Watson, what they want...
    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Some Iowa bars and other businesses are voluntarily closing their doors amid an increase in confirmed coronavirus cases. Among them was the Artifacts antiques shop in Iowa City. Owner Todd Thelen said the store has seen three of its mostly older customers die because of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, the Gazette reports. “The number of people who are not taking this seriously kind of frightens me,” he said, explaining that the store will remain closed at least through Monday, when he will reevaluate. “I think they’re being selfish.” Confirmed coronavirus cases in the state increased by an additional 380 on Saturday, bringing the total to 27,935. The state also reported three more deaths to bring the total to 704. The number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be...
    SEATTLE (AP) — Fishers are now able to count their crew as part of their employee payroll to qualify for federal loans intended to help businesses following economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The federal rule change was published Thursday after captains discovered crew members, who typically receive pay in shares of the catch, could not be included in the first federal relief aid program, The Seattle Times reported. Fishers have been contending with poor markets as restaurants closed or reduced service to limit the spread of COVID-19. For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. But for some — especially older adults and people with existing health problems — it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death. Seafood Harvesters of America President Robert Dooley and Executive Director Leigh Habegger wrote a...
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — As Nevada prepared to start reopening parts of its economy last month, a team of medical experts recommended to Gov. Steve Sisolak that he require people wear masks in public to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. The governor promoted masks but resisted making them a requirement, saying he feared the rule could create a backlash for businesses trying to enforce the order on customers. With reported coronavirus cases rising the past four weeks, Sisolak on Wednesday finally decided to take their advice and impose the mandate, saying it was necessary to protect people and keep businesses open. “People aren’t wearing these,” he said, holding up and waving a cloth face mask. “It is troubling and it is really discouraging that this has become a partisan issue about whether or not people want to wear a mask.” Sisolak’s slow-stepping into the mask requirement reflects a...
    With coronavirus cases and hospitalizations spiking across California, officials are cracking down on scofflaw businesses and putting the brakes on reopening in hopes of slowing the spread. The worsening pandemic has prompted Gov. Gavin Newsom to put a pause on issuing rules that would allow counties to reopen other industries such as amusement parks. As a result, Walt Disney Co. said this week that Disneyland would not open as previously planned on July 17. Based on the rising numbers, there’s nothing to suggest that California will be able to allow counties to open further any time soon, Newsom said. Newsom warned that the number of new daily deaths will probably go up in a few weeks. It can take three to four weeks after exposure to the virus for infected people to become sick enough to be hospitalized, and four to five weeks after exposure for some of the most...
    By MICHELLE L. PRICE, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — As Nevada prepared to start reopening parts of its economy last month, a team of medical experts recommended to Gov. Steve Sisolak that he require people wear masks in public to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. The governor promoted masks but resisted making them a requirement, saying he feared the rule could create a backlash for businesses trying to enforce the order on customers. With reported coronavirus cases rising the past four weeks, Sisolak on Wednesday finally decided to take their advice and impose the mandate, saying it was necessary to protect people and keep businesses open. “People aren’t wearing these,” he said, holding up and waving a cloth face mask. “It is troubling and it is really discouraging that this has become a partisan issue about whether or not people want to wear a mask." Sisolak's slow-stepping...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Makers of personal protective equipment in Georgia will get a $1,250-a-job tax break for the next five years, with lawmakers saying they want to aid the businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The House voted 110-58 to agree to changes in House Bill 846 on Friday, sending it to Gov. Brian Kemp for his signature. The Republican Kemp released a statement Thursday supporting the bill. The measure would give tax credits to makers of hand sanitizer, gloves, face shields, masks respirators and other personal protective equipment, whether they were making the items before or after the COVID-19 outbreak. Yearly tax credits of $1,250 per job could be claimed for current jobs or jobs created before Jan. 1, 2025. Rep. Burt Reeves, a Marietta Republican and a Kemp floor leader, said the benefits are projected to cost the state between $4.3 million and $13.1 million in foregone tax revenue....
    With coronavirus cases on the rise yet again, I knew it was only a matter of time before the sign appeared on the door of my favorite coffee shop. “PLEASE NO CASH PAYMENT AT THIS TIME. CREDIT CARD AND CONTACTLESS PAYMENT ONLY.” None of the baristas want to handle wads of potentially contagious dollar bills that customers pull from their pockets, especially with some counties halting or reversing their reopening plans and officials from other counties openly worrying that California is starting to lose the battle against COVID-19. Early on, in fact, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration advised retailers to install systems that let people pay from afar to minimize opportunities for the coronavirus to spread. And in response, cash wasn’t accepted when public golf courses reopened in the city of Los Angeles, nor when a smattering of businesses opened their doors again in Manhattan Beach and Pasadena. ...
    AUSTIN- Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order Friday limiting the operational capacity of certain businesses and services as part of the state’s efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The decision comes after a high number of infections, hospitalizations and the positivity rate were registered in Texas. This order includes the following: All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51% of their gross income from the sale of alcohol are required to close at 12:00 p.m. Today (Friday). These businesses may remain open for delivery and take-away services, including alcoholic beverages, if authorized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Restaurants may remain open and receive customers in their indoor dining rooms, but that this does not exceed 50% Of capacity. This will take effect on Monday, June 29. “Rafting” and “tubing” businesses will be closed. Outdoor meetings of 100 or more must be approved...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexico announced on Friday that it will allow more businesses to resume their activities in some parts of the country despite the increase in cases and deaths of coronavirus. The federal Secretary of Health reported that 5,441 more coronavirus cases were registered on Friday, for a total of 208,392 since the pandemic began. Deaths from COVID-19 increased by 719, to a cumulative 25,779. Mexico City said that starting next week it would allow the reopening of stores, street markets and sports complexes, but with limited capacity and hours. Based on a four-color alert scale, in which red is the worst and green the best, the Mexican capital said that it would decrease the entity’s level to “orange”, despite having the highest number of infections and deaths from the country. Hotels and restaurants in the city will reopen next week at a capacity of approximately 30%....
    NAPERVILLE, Ill. (WLS) -- An Aurora man is facing federal charges, accused of throwing an explosive device at a Naperville police car during a protest earlier in June.Naperville police said during a protest on June 1, someone threw multiple explosive devices, causing minor injuries to several officers.Christian Rea, 19, is charged with civil unrest in the incident. Federal investigators allege Rea threw the device, injuring the officers and causing panic in the crowd. He was arrested Thursday morning and will appeared in court the same day.RELATED: Naperville protests video shows explosion that injured several police officersOn June 1 a large crowd gathered in Naperville for a peaceful protest in which the police chief knelt in solidarity with demonstrators.But just after 10 p.m., large crowds were reported near Aurora and Main Street. According to witnesses, outside groups pulled up and damaged multiple businesses in downtown. One witness said a restaurant and...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Two businesses were ordered to shut down and another fined along Las Olas in Downtown Fort Lauderdale on Friday. “All of a sudden we can’t even have a cocktail outside. I’m not even near anybody. This is really getting out of hand,” one bar patron said. “I was enjoying my evening sitting outside with some fresh air.” This was after Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar on Las Olas Boulevard was ordered to close. “They’re actually being shutdown. They’re a bar,” Code Compliance Manager Porshia Williams said.“Once they’re shut down, they will not be allowed to reopen.” Fort Lauderdale’s code compliance team and Mayor Dean Trantalis spent Friday cracking down on businesses during a weekly spot check. “We all mean business. Not just the city. But everybody who lives here is entitled to a safe space,” the mayor said. They even closed Piazza Italia...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Earlier this month, CBS3’s Ukee Washington went to West Philadelphia, where he spent a good portion of his childhood. He met up with State Sen. Vincent Hughes, who also grew up there. It was after days of riots and looting, and that had followed painful COVID-19 shutdowns. State Sen. Vincent Hughes Says Conversation, Policy Changes Key To Healing West Philadelphia Community After Looting, Protests Sen. Hughes felt the story really captured the history and heart of a West Philadelphia neighborhood. Since that story aired, Hughes says he was able to negotiate $100 million in state funding to help small businesses in historically disadvantaged communities. ‘My Face Was Burning’: West Philly Councilmember, Community Demand Apology From City For Use Of Tear Gas The grants are helping businesses survive after COVID-19. They range from $5,000 to $50,000. “We’re really trying to get a significant chunk of dollars into those...
    NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – The coronavirus pandemic has forced more closures in Texas. Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order Friday, which limits restaurant capacity to 50% starting Monday, and closes other places, like bars and tube/raft rental businesses. The drastic measures come as Abbott announced the COVID-19 positivity rate in the state has increased above 10%. RELATED: Gov. Greg Abbott says bars must close by noon, restaurants to scale back capacity Coley Reno owns Texas Tubes, a tube rental company on the Comal River. He began business as usual Friday, until he learned about the executive order. It’s déjà vu for Reno who just reopened May 8th, after shutting down on March 23 because of the coronavirus pandemic. ”The first thing I thought about was my employees... I got about 30 employees, 31 employees. You know, they’re out of work now,” Reno said. Corby Circle drove 4 1/2 hours...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Two bars in the Lavender Heights neighborhood of Midtown Sacramento are temporarily closing after learning a customer who visited last week tested positive for coronavirus. On Friday, Badlands and The Depot posted to Facebook, saying the customer tested positive for COVID-19 three days after his visit on June 19. The bars said they will be closing to do a detailed cleaning of the businesses and allow the staff to be tested. “This is a precautionary decision we have taken upon ourselves to ensure the safety and health of our community. We encourage everyone who is venturing back into restaurants, bars, and retail establishments to get tested,” the businesses wrote. The customer told the businesses they wore a mask and had little interaction outside of their pod. Per health guidelines, the businesses said they have been monitoring temperatures for staff and customers, requiring masks, encouraging social distancing, and providing...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most dangerous things you can do as CA reopens LIFE AFTER COVID-19: Here's what restaurants, gyms, schools, sports will look like when they reopen LATEST LOCAL CASES: Updated number of COVID-19...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most dangerous things you can do as CA reopens LIFE AFTER COVID-19: Here's what restaurants, gyms, schools, sports will look like when they reopen LATEST LOCAL CASES: Updated number of COVID-19...
    By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Concerns about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic have forced officials Friday to cancel this year's New Mexico State Fair, making it the latest casualty in a string of other big-ticket events that have been indefinitely postponed or scrapped altogether. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham raised concerns Thursday about a recent uptick in COVID-19 infections in the state, indicating that it would likely be a no-go for funnel cakes, turkey legs and the rest of the pageantry that makes up the annual September spectacle. Dan Mourning, the fair’s general manager, confirmed in a video message Friday that the 11-day show wouldn't happen. He called it a difficult decision, saying no one could have imaged just months ago how everyday life would change because of the virus. He said the safety of staff, vendors and the community was being put above all else. “Like...
    FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Comparing them to wearing football helmets and cowboy hats, signs about face mask requirements started appearing early Friday in store windows across Fort Worth. Businesses started implementing the face covering requirement well ahead of the 6 p.m. effective start for orders from Tarrant County and Fort Worth. The orders give businesses another five days from that point, until next Wednesday, to develop and post a health and safety policy but many entities decided not to wait. While some noted the county requirement on their signs, others simply stated a mask was required for entry. “It was just kind of an extra layer of insulation I guess, from people being upset at having to wear the masks,” said Tiffany Malkowsi at Leaves Book and Tea Shop in the city’s Near Southside neighborhood. The store had encouraged masks for customers, but hadn’t required them. Morgan Mercantile on S....
    GUADALUPE COUNTY, Tx – Guadalupe County announced Friday that masks are now required to be worn by all customers and staff members at local businesses. The announcement follows the June 17 Bexar County announcement of a similar mandate requiring facial coverings in businesses open to the public, which started on June 22. “From this date, all commercial entities operating in Guadalupe County, that provide goods or services directly to the public must develop and implement a health and safety policy,” the County order states. “The Health and Safety Policy should include, at a minimum, that all employees and visitors to the commercial entity’s business premises or other facilities wear face coverings when in an area or performing an activity which will necessarily involve close contact or proximity to co-workers or the public where (6) feet of separation is not feasible.” Related: New Bexar County executive order mandates face coverings at...
    As more businesses reopen across Southern California amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, there are some new ones hoping to get a fresh start.On Friday, longtime Glendora mainstay The Donut Man opened the doors to its new location in the Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles. People were seen forming long lines for the iconic strawberry donuts ahead of the opening.In North Hollywood, the brand new NoHo West shopping center opened up for excited residents of the area."It's fantastic, we've been watching it being built and we were sad about the delay, we're excited it's opening now," said Kelly Villamar.The shopping mall includes new restaurants and shops, including a Trader Joe's that's already up and running."This community wanted us for so long and have pushed for it for so long," said store manager Jay Jay Sweis.Of course, opening the doors to a new business and keeping them open are two...
    Grand Rapids (CBS Detroit) – Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer brought her “Work With Whitmer” tour to Grand Rapids. Whitmer visited two businesses that opened under the “MI Safe Start Program.” (Credit: State of Michigan) The governor first stoped at Reflections Hair Salon where she cleaned equipment and leader how to work at the salon. Whitmer got to hear first hand how their businesses were affected by COVID-19. (Credit: State of Michigan) “This was a great opportunity to see firsthand how Michigan’s small businesses are getting back to work safely and responsibly,” said Governor Whitmer. “I had a fun time learning from the stylists at Reflections about the precautions they are taking to keep their staff and customers safe, and they made sure to put me to work. We’re not out of the woods yet, but if we all keep doing our part, I know we can build a Michigan...
    Santa Clara County plans to allow “many activities” now barred under its shelter-in-place order to resume as early as next week, according to the county health officer. Dr. Sara Cody will release new guidelines to “mark the beginning of a new phase,” she said Friday — specifically, the reopening of more businesses and activities with social distancing and safety protocols. “As we finalize our next steps, we must also acknowledge the reality that many of the businesses and activities that remain closed in our county are now open elsewhere, and our residents and businesses owners are anxious for many of these activities to resume here as well,” Cody said. “But we must also ensure that when people engage in these activities, here and in surrounding communities, they are doing so as safely as possible and with proper guardrails in place.” The new order is expected mid-week, with changes taking effect...
    HOUSTON -- During a news conference Friday, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said the city's infection rate is three times higher today then it was three months ago.Turner was joined by COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Czar, Marvin Odum, along with Dr. Peter Hotez of Baylor College of Medicine, Houston Health Authority Dr. David Persse, Fire Chief Sam Pena, and Police Chief Art Acevedo."Currently, the surge in COVID-19 cases in Houston is serious and real," Turner said.He also added that the city's positivity rate jumped from three percent to 11 percent, the hospital rates increased, ICU numbers increased, and the number of young people testing positive for COVID-19 also increased."Caseloads across the community and the hospitals are the highest it has been since virus started," Turner said. "Where we are today is more dramatic and pronounced than it has ever been."The news conference came hours after Gov. Greg Abbott issued an order...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The City of Philadelphia hits a bump in the road to recovery as the suburbs go green and some businesses begin to reopen. Health officials say a second wave of COVID-19 has started in Philadelphia. There is renewed excitement in the city as Philadelphia moves into the least restrictive green phase of reopening. Nail salons, barber shops and hair salons finally reopened Friday after being abruptly shuttered in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. “The salon had to be thoroughly cleaned,” Tameka Crawford, a hairstylist, said. “We have a temperature gun where we’re checking temperatures as you come in. We have sanitizer at each station, cleaning supplies. We even have outside seating too, so we’re ready.” Clients welcomed a trip back to Giovanni and Pileggi in Center City with new safety protocols in place. Mandatory masks, temperature checks and plexiglass dividers have become the new norm. “As...
    By MARCY GORDON, AP Business Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — After prodding from Democratic lawmakers, the Trump administration has agreed to give Congress — but not the public — complete data on the millions of small businesses that received loans from a $600 billion-plus coronavirus aid program. Senior administration officials told lawmakers they will provide full details on the roughly 4.6 million taxpayer-funded loans worth $512 billion awarded under the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program. Their concession came with a warning to lawmakers not to divulge “confidential” loan information to the wider public. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, was one of the congressional oversight leaders who had pushed for the loan data from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza. The administration’s concession is “a step in the right direction,” Neal spokesperson Erin Hatch said Friday, though he believes the names...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — After prodding from Democratic lawmakers, the Trump administration has agreed to give Congress — but not the public — complete data on the millions of small businesses that received loans from a $600 billion-plus coronavirus aid program. Senior administration officials told lawmakers they will provide full details on the roughly 4.6 million taxpayer-funded loans worth $512 billion awarded under the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program. Their concession came with a warning to lawmakers not to divulge “confidential” loan information to the wider public. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, was one of the congressional oversight leaders who had pushed for the loan data from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza. The administration’s concession is “a step in the right direction,” Neal spokesperson Erin Hatch said Friday, though he believes the names of all recipients should...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most dangerous things you can do as CA reopens LIFE AFTER COVID-19: Here's what restaurants, gyms, schools, sports will look like when they reopen LATEST LOCAL CASES: Updated number of COVID-19...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The Stud bar at the corner of 9th and Harrison streets in San Francisco has been welcoming the LGBTQ community South of Market since 1966."There's not that many places in San Francisco like The Stud that can give people permission to not only be themselves, but to imagine who they could be," said Honey Mahogany, co-owner of the The Stud.Known for its drag shows, The Stud has been a welcoming space for the community for generations. It survived disco, but it couldn't outlive the novel coronavirus.The Stud is just one of the many queer spaces that are wondering if the pandemic will kill their business."No one saw COVID coming, no one knew that we would be stuck here months at a time with zero income, and absolutely no idea of when that would change," said Mahogany.The Stud closed its doors when shelter-in-place orders went into effect...
    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa will allow casinos and cinemas to reopen and restaurants to resume sit-down meals on Monday in a further easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions despite a sharp rise in infections. The country began easing restrictions put in place in March last month and at the beginning of June allowed people outside for work, worship, exercise or shopping, and let mines and factories to run at full capacity to try to revive the economy. It has recorded 118,375 infections of the highly contagious respiratory disease and 2,292 deaths and daily case numbers rose by more than 6,500 on Thursday after less than 1,000 in April. But tourism is an important revenue-earner and three months of lockdown has left many businesses fighting for survival. "We are continuing with the effort to reactivate the tourism sector so that we can save businesses and jobs in the sector," Tourism Minister...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson said Friday that all schools in Wisconsin should open for in-person instruction in the fall, even as the coronavirus pandemic shows signs of resurgance across the state. “It would be crazy to not completely reopen our school systems," Johnson said during a virtual question and answer session with journalists organized by the Milwaukee Press Club. Johnson said the risk to children catching COVID-19 in schools is low. He also said virtual learning results have been mixed and there is a human toll to keeping schools closed. Johnson was an opponent of the widespread shutdowns of businesses seen in Wisconsin and other states early on in the COVID-19 outbreak. He argues that the economic toll is too deep and the better approach is to isolate those who are sick and not allow people to congregate in places like bars where the virus...
    A five-alarm fire destroyed four businesses on Long Island just as they had reopened following the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The raging fire began in Nassau County around 3:55 p.m., Thursday, June 25, at 15 Cutter Mill Road, in Great Neck, said Great Neck Fire Chief Josh Charry. According to the chief, firefighters arrived on the scene about 4:07 p.m., after receiving a call for a brush fire. Once on the scene, they found a pile of debris on fire behind one of the businesses located in the buildings on Cutter Mill Road. The fire moved quickly to several storage sheds, and into the business at 15 Cutter Mill, home to Cutter Mill Mailroom, and began to rapidly spread throughout the building, the chief said. Firefighters were hampered in their effort by a "cockloft" located inside the building that left open space in the ceiling area and allowed the fire...
    A five-alarm fire destroyed four businesses on Long Island just as they had reopened following the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The raging fire began in Nassau County around 3:55 p.m., Thursday, June 25, at 15 Cutter Mill Road, in Great Neck, said Great Neck Fire Chief Josh Charry. According to the chief, firefighters arrived on the scene about 4:07 p.m., after receiving a call for a brush fire. Once on the scene, they found a pile of debris on fire behind one of the businesses located in the buildings on Cutter Mill Road. The fire moved quickly to several storage sheds, and into the business at 15 Cutter Mill, home to Cutter Mill Mailroom, and began to rapidly spread throughout the building, the chief said. Firefighters were hampered in their effort by a "cockloft" located inside the building that left open space in the ceiling area and allowed the fire...
    Small businesses in Mexico have had to overcome the challenges that came with the pandemic. According to recent data from this sector, as it returns to the new normality in the country, seven out of ten micro-enterprises and / or entrepreneurs are concerned about how to sustain their operations for the months that follow. Currently, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), as well as micro-enterprises (Mipymes), represent an important economic force; Together, these entities contribute 70% of the jobs in the country, employing seven out of ten people of working age. Photo: Pixabay According to Viasat, a global communications company, there are 3 measures that can be useful for those entrepreneurs who seek to survive during this period of healthy distance and rebuild their businesses during the new normal. 1. Emerging programs to support companies In late March, the Association of Entrepreneurs of Mexico (ASEM) and...
    The city of Seattle moved in Friday morning to dismantle the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ), according to KING5. Democratic Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said Monday the city would be taking the zone down and officers would be returning to the East Precinct after abandoning it within CHAZ two weeks ago. The area has seen numerous shootings recently that left one man dead. Not all protesters were on board with the city moving in. One protester laid down in the middle of the street in front of a front-end loader to prevent it from dismantling the zone, according to KING5. (RELATED: ‘Seeds Of Justice’: Seattle’s ‘CHAZ’ Is Ending And Pramila Jayapal Has Only Referenced It Once) The city crew left the area after putting construction equipment near entry points, according to KING5. “Several trucks and front end loaders drove away from the scene about 7:30 a.m.,” KING5 reported. Tents and campers...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Governor Charlie Baker announced a revamped $275 million COVID-19 recovery package to help spur economic growth as Massachusetts continues to fight coronavirus. “Our cities and towns across the Commonwealth need support to confront the economic challenges that have been brought on by this virus,” Baker said Friday. “We’re seeking changes to our original bill to invest more in low-income communities of color and minority-owned businesses that have been particularly hard hit by COVID.” According to the governor, proposed changes include an additional $15 million for neighborhood stabilization, bringing the total to $40 million; an additional $25 million for community development financial institutions to assist small businesses, bringing the total to $35 million; and tripling funding for grants to support micro-businesses from a total of $5 million to $15 million. “These proposals will bring safe, affordable housing units back onto the market, give women, minority, veteran, and immigrant...
    (CBS DETROIT) – The Detroit Health and Police departments will visit restaurants and bars this weekend to determine if they are following Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s reopening guidelines. Establishments must operate at 50 percent capacity, promote social distancing and employees must wear masks. At Mayor Mike Duggan’s news briefing June 25, he said those in violation will be put on notice, and the city will pursue legal action against establishments that continue to disregard the guidelines. Duggan said he wouldn’t allow a handful of businesses to jeopardize the operations at other businesses that are following the guidelines. © 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Related
    Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin agreed to provide key Congressional committees with full access to loan data from the Payment Protection Program, a key demand Democrats have been pushing. In a letter dated Thursday, Mnuchin told House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Richard NealRichard Edmund NealOn The Money: Small businesses falling behind in economic recovery | Supreme Court rules SEC may seize profits from fraudulent companies | Trump's steel tariffs survive challenge OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Internal watchdog probing Park Police actions toward Lafayette Square protesters | Democrats detail their .5T green infrastructure plan | Green groups challenge Trump water rules rollback Top Democrats: Trump administration's plan for PPP disclosure 'inadequate' MORE (D-Mass.) that it would include data with borrower names and loan amounts "with the understanding that nonpublic personally identifiable and commercially sensitive business information will be treated as confidential." The letter was first reported by Politico. Mnuchin had earlier agreed...
    AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today issued an executive order limiting certain businesses and services as part of the state’s effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. The decision comes as the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 and the number of hospitalizations have increased and the positivity rate in Texas increased above 10%, which the Governor previously stated would lead to further preventative action. The targeted, measured directives in the executive order are based on links between certain types of businesses and services and the recent rise in positive cases throughout the state. “As I said from the start, if the positivity rate rose above 10%, the State of Texas would take further action to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Abbott. “At this time, it is clear that the rise in cases is largely driven by certain types of activities, including Texans congregating in bars. The...
    AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today issued an executive order limiting certain businesses and services as part of the state’s effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. The decision comes as the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 and the number of hospitalizations have increased and the positivity rate in Texas increased above 10%, which the Governor previously stated would lead to further preventative action. The targeted, measured directives in the executive order are based on links between certain types of businesses and services and the recent rise in positive cases throughout the state. “As I said from the start, if the positivity rate rose above 10%, the State of Texas would take further action to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Abbott. “At this time, it is clear that the rise in cases is largely driven by certain types of activities, including Texans congregating in bars. The...
    Texas Governor Greg Abbott announces the US Army Corps of Engineers and the state are putting up a 250-bed field hospital at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in downtown Dallas during a press conference at the Texas State Capitol March 29, 2020 in Austin, Texas.Tom Fox | Getty Images Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Friday that he will roll back some of the state's reopening as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continue to rise.  "As I said from the start, if the positivity rate rose above 10%, the State of Texas would take further action to mitigate the spread of COVID-19," Abbott said in a press release. "At this time, it is clear that the rise in cases is largely driven by certain types of activities, including Texans congregating in bars.  The order includes the following: All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51% of their...
    AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today issued an executive order limiting certain businesses and services as part of the state’s effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. The decision comes as the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 and the number of hospitalizations have increased and the positivity rate in Texas increased above 10%, which the Governor previously stated would lead to further preventative action. The targeted, measured directives in the executive order are based on links between certain types of businesses and services and the recent rise in positive cases throughout the state. “As I said from the start, if the positivity rate rose above 10%, the State of Texas would take further action to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Abbott. “At this time, it is clear that the rise in cases is largely driven by certain types of activities, including Texans congregating in bars. The...
    Virginia's Safety and Health Code Board took steps to establish COVID-19 health and safety rules through the regulatory process, rather than relying simply on Gov. Ralph Northam’s executive orders, which have concerned some business groups. The board stopped short of adopting any rules, but took significant steps in a meeting that lasted more than seven hours. The board voted 9-3 to declare that the virus poses a grave danger to workers and that temporary emergency standards are necessary. If the board adopts any rules, they would go into effect for six months. Virginia would be the first state in the nation to take this step. The board met to address part of Northam’s Executive Order 63, which directed the Department of Labor and Industry to put rules into effect to address the pandemic. The impact of the initial draft of the potential rules vary depending on...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- As Los Angeles County surpasses 90,000 cases of the novel coronavirus, officials are warning of the rise in hospitalization numbers and an increase in the positivity rate as more businesses reopen."We've seen this week that cases are increasing, hospitalizations are increasing, our positivity rate is increasing and we know that the virus is spreading in the community," L.A. County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said Thursday.The positivity rate is considered a key indicator of community spread. L.A. County's positivity rate is 8%, but in the last few days, it's risen to about 8.4%."The preliminary hospital demand model, which we'll release on Monday, is also showing an upward trend in cases and in hospitalizations," Ferrer said.EMBED More News Videos L.A. County's health director warns if people and businesses don't follow safety orders, it could slow or even reverse the move to reopen the economy. Ferrer warns...
    CHATHAM — Chatham is bringing back its popular Dining On the 5 series, now in its fourth year, as the city moves to Phase 4 on Friday. The series will run noon-9 p.m. through Sept. 7. Participants can stop by restaurants to sample and buy food, and local businesses typically offer deals. There’s also activities and entertainment. The series was created to support local, predominantly Black businesses along the neighborhood’s Restaurant Row, from 75th Street and Indiana Avenue to Cottage Grove Avenue. It’s sponsored by the Greater Chatham Initiative. Participating restaurants: • Original Soul Vegetarian, 203 E. 75th St.• Frances Cocktail Lounge, 307 E. 75th St.• Mabe’s Deli, 312 E. 75th St.• Brown Sugar Bakery, 328 E. 75th St.• Margarita’s Pizzeria II, 346 E. 75th St.• 5 Loaves Eatery, 405 E. 75th St.• Harold’s Chicken #24, 407 E. 75th St.• Wings Around the World, 557 E. 75th St.• Flammin Restaurant, 641 E. 75th St.• Murphy’s Lounge, 7628 S. Cottage Grove...
    LINCOLN SQUARE — The city enters Phase 4 of its reopening Friday, meaning restaurants and bars can reopen for indoor dining with certain restrictions. These Lincoln Square bars and restaurants will now offer in-person dining options: • Carbon Arc, 4620 N. Lincoln Ave. • Miku Sushi, 4514 N. Lincoln Ave. • Himmel’s Chicago, 2251 W. Lawrence Ave. • Artango Bar & Steakhouse, 4767 N. Lincoln Ave. • Barba Yianni, 4761 N. Lincoln Ave. • Garcia’s Restaurant, 4760 N. Lincoln Ave. Bars and restaurants are encouraged to continue to prioritize patio service. They can only operate at 25 percent capacity indoors with a cap of 50 people. As the city continues to release new rules for dining during the pandemic, businesses have had trouble navigating the different requirements. “For Phase 4, it’s our restaurants and bars that have been asking our chamber the most questions,” said Rudy Flores, executive director of...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — After a three-month shutdown during the COVID-19 outbreak, suburban Philadelphia is finally in the green phase. As of now, personal care businesses, like hair salons, are among those reopening at 50% capacity. Restaurants and bars can also open at limited capacity. EXCLUSIVE: Pennsylvania Secretary Of Health Says Masks Key To Safe Reopening As Philadelphia Region Turns Green In Philadelphia, businesses such as gyms and restaurants with indoor seating must wait until July 3 to reopen.
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – With coronavirus case numbers continuing to surge in South Florida, cities and counties are taking steps to slow the spread. On Friday, Broward County will begin imposing heavier fines on businesses not complying with safety guidelines. As of Thursday, the county had issued 1,156 citations. This included 141 businesses not approved to reopen, 245 not following sanitation requirements and 371 not following social distancing guidelines. One of the businesses cited Wednesday was the Walmart Super Center on Broward Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Code enforcement found that carts weren’t being sanitized, too many shoppers were being let in at one time and high-use areas weren’t being disinfected. But code enforcement said they turned it around in 24 hours and it is now being used as a model for other stores. Among the steps taken was limiting the number of people allowed in at one time, issuing sanitizing wipes...
            by Jake Dima  Businesses, workers and residents sued the city of Seattle on Wednesday, saying local leadership enabled and endorsed the occupied zone at the detriment of “basic public safety.” At least a dozen businesses filed the class-action lawsuit, which came as a result of Seattle’s Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP)’s continued proliferation in the city. “Rather than seeking to restore order and protect the residents and property owners within CHOP, the City instead chose to actively endorse, enable, and participate in the occupation of CHOP,” page three of the 56-page lawsuit said, courtesy of The Seattle Times. The lawsuit added: “The City’s conduct has also resulted in the elimination of basic public safety within CHOP and nearby areas. For example, the City has enacted a policy under which police will not enter the CHOP area except during life or death emergencies, and, even in those situations,...
    TORRANCE (CBSLA) — Just as businesses across the state are beginning to reopen, Gov. Gavin Newsom is warning of another shutdown if current coronavirus numbers don’t improve. “We have the capacity and ability to toggle back in terms of the stay-at-home order,” he said during a press conference on Thursday. California’s hospitalization rates for COVID-19 have been steadily increasing. Currently, 4,240 people with coronavirus occupy hospital beds, which is a 32 percent increase from two weeks ago. Intensive care units are seeing 1,306 people with the virus, up 19 percent over the last two weeks. MORE: ‘The Numbers Are High’: LA County Health Director Warns Of Rising Coronavirus Cases, Deaths, Hospitalizations At Madre!, a restaurant in Torrance, the staff has done everything they can to be able to reopen, going above and beyond to meet the state’s health guidelines. Carol Bautista, the restaurant’s manager, said that if businesses have to...
    ARDMORE, Pa. (CBS) — The countdown is on. Just after midnight, the Philadelphia suburbs will enter the green phase of reopening. It’s a day business owners have been waiting for since March, but it won’t be a complete return to normal. Personal service businesses have been waiting months for that green light. But just as reopening has come with a phased approach, many business owners are implementing phases of their own and not necessarily swinging the doors wide open Friday. “X” marks the spot inside of QueenStylista’s Mane Artistry in Ardmore. “Wherever you see the blue Xs on the floor, those our operable stations,” Owner Sheena Dickerson said. Social distancing, coupled with a slew of additional safety guidelines is how Dickerson has planned out her reopening. It was only in February, weeks before mandatory closures, that she opened her salon and spa. “We worked really, really hard on just relocating....
    A new economic recovery program from the city of Oakland began operation Thursday, aiming to use public space to help reopening businesses. The Flex Streets Initiative repurposes sidewalks, parking lots and parking lanes for restaurants and other businesses to serve customers outdoors during the coronavirus pandemic. The program has offered a path for businesses to close some streets to create open-air environments they can use for operations. Alameda County began allowing outdoor dining at restaurants and outdoor retail June 19, the same day Oakland announced its plans for Flex Streets to expand the space available to businesses. “Our entrepreneurial bureaucrats wasted no time to be sure that our struggling small businesses could take full advantage of this new permission in a safe and responsible way,” Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said at a news conference Thursday outside La Frontera Mexican restaurant at International Boulevard and 45th Avenue. Schaaf noted the alarming...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters will decide a ballot measure in November that would give them more power over how companies use their data, an extension of a landmark privacy law passed in 2018. Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced Wednesday a measure to amend the law will be on the Nov. 3 general election ballot. Thursday is the deadline for initiatives to qualify; they need hundreds of thousands of verified voter signatures to get on the ballot. Others ballot measures this fall would roll back a law that limits taxes on businesses and exempt ride-share services from a new state employment law. The consumer privacy measure would, among other things: Allow consumers to prevent businesses from sharing their personal information; limit businesses’ use of geolocation, race, health or other information; and create a state agency to enforce and implement the law. The agency would cost...
    Houston's Democratic mayor said a "board of shame" could come for city businesses that violate Harris County's face mask mandate, KHOU-TV reported. What are the details?Mayor Sylvester Turner at his daily news conference Wednesday said he was considering a board that would identify businesses that are "working against the rules," the station said. The county's mask order went into effect Monday and requires all businesses to enforce the wearing of face masks for staff and customers when indoors, KHOU reported. More from the station:Turner specifically spoke about bars and restaurants, where crowds have flocked to in recent weeks at a time when the Greater Houston area's novel coronavirus numbers are beginning increase. Under Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's reopening plan, bars are allowed to open at 50 percent normal capacity, while restaurants can welcome up to 75 percent of their normal capacity. Over the weekend, however, the...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS / AP) — California voters will decide a ballot measure this November that would give them more power over how companies use their data, an extension of a landmark privacy law passed in 2018. Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced Wednesday a measure to amend the law will be on the Nov. 3 general election ballot. Thursday is the deadline for initiatives to qualify; they need hundreds of thousands of verified voter signatures to get on the ballot. Others ballot measures this fall would roll back a law that limits taxes on businesses and exempt ride-share services from a new state employment law. The consumer privacy measure would, among other things: Allow consumers to prevent businesses from sharing their personal information; limit businesses’ use of geolocation, race, health or other information; and create a state agency to enforce and implement the law. The agency would cost an estimated...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Last week, nearly 1.5 million Americans filed for unemployment, and there’s no doubt that our area, the epicenter of the coronavirus, is taking an economic hit with so many businesses hurting and people out of work. Brooklyn was one of the hardest hit areas in terms of COVID cases and inundated hospitals, and now, it appears to have the highest number of people applying for unemployment insurance benefits. Businesses are trying their best to stay afloat and get employees back to work. It’s certainly sweet seeing BCakeNY back to baking, but for a custom cake studio that relies on events, it’s been a struggle since March. “Not only were we not generating any sales but we also had to return deposits,” owner Miriam Milord said. They also had to shrink staff from 16 to six, many collecting unemployment. Milord is grateful they have financial support but...
    By MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Despite a recent spike in Louisiana’s coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, a group of conservative House Republicans on Thursday restarted a stalled effort to override Gov. John Bel Edwards’ disaster orders enacted because of COVID-19. The Republicans said the Democratic governor’s decision to continue restrictions on businesses and churches for another 28 days spurred renewed interest in an extraordinary legal maneuver that would remove Louisiana’s state of emergency and reopen everything without restrictions. Rep. Danny McCormick, a Republican from Oil City, urged his colleagues to support the petition circulated by Shreveport GOP Rep. Alan Seabaugh. The measure requires support from a majority of the House or Senate to revoke the state of emergency. McCormick said Edwards has “shredded” the constitution. “Somewhere along the line the common sense approach has turned into a complete and utter loss of freedom, freedom to work...
    Businesses in downtown Seattle are suing the city due to its lack of responsiveness to the violence and disturbances that originated from the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) zone, according to King 5 News. The lawsuit, which was also joined by property owners and residents, argues that local officials disregarded their property rights when they allowed people in the CHOP area to commit violence and damage property. "This lawsuit is about the constitutional and other legal rights of Plaintiffs — businesses, employees, and residents in and around CHOP — which have been overrun by the City of Seattle’s unprecedented decision to abandon and close off an entire city neighborhood, leaving it unchecked by the police, unserved by fire and emergency health services, and inaccessible to the public at large,” the lawsuit reads, according to King 5 News. “The City’s decision has subjected businesses, employees, and residents of that neighborhood to extensive...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- As Illinois makes progress reducing the number of new COVID-19 cases, businesses are ready to move into Phase 4 Friday.EMBED More News Videos As Illinois makes progress reducing the number of new COVID-19 cases, businesses are ready to move into Phase 4 Friday. Health clubs, movie theaters, restaurants and attractions are getting ready to welcome back visitors with limits.Restore Illinois: 5-phase reopening plan by Governor Pritzker splits IL into 4 regionsThe Brookfield Zoo will open to members on July 1 and to the general public on July 8. The Lincoln Park Zoo opens Friday to members and Monday for the general public.The Shedd Aquarium will open for members on July 1 and the general public will be allowed back on July 3.They are ready to reopen the doors at Life Time Athletic in Skokie. The fitness club has been closed since the state mandated shutdown.RELATED: Illinois Reopening:...
    An eye doctor from Westchester who had practices throughout the Hudson Valley and Fairfield County who was previously charged with healthcare fraud is facing new charges for allegedly attempting to exploit the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Ameet Goyal, 57, of Rye, who operates The Eye Associates Group, with practices in Rye, Mount Kisco, Wappingers Falls, and Greenwich, was arrested and charged by federal officials for allegedly fraudulently billing patients last year. Earlier story - Area Doctor Billed Patients $8M For Surgeries He Didn't Do, Feds Say According to U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss, Goyal is now being charged with fraudulently obtaining government-guaranteed loans intended to help small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic while he was out on pretrial release. Due to his pending criminal charges, Goyal's ophthalmology practice was not eligible for the government's Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which was designed to offer financial relief to small businesses during the pandemic. It is alleged...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters will decide a ballot measure this November that would give them more power over how companies use their data, an extension of a landmark privacy law passed in 2018. Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced Wednesday a measure to amend the law will be on the Nov. 3 general election ballot. Thursday is the deadline for initiatives to qualify; they need hundreds of thousands of verified voter signatures to get on the ballot. Other ballot measures this fall would roll back a law that limits taxes on businesses and exempt ride-share services from a new state employment law. The consumer privacy measure would, among other things: Allow consumers to prevent businesses from sharing their personal information; limit businesses’ use of geolocation, race, health or other information; and create a state agency to enforce and implement the law. The agency would cost an estimated $10...
    Dozens of Seattle businesses are suing the city over the handling of the “autonomous zone” created following the death of George Floyd. Seattle businesses, property owners, and residents have joined together to sue the city for its lax response to the “occupied” protest zone known as both CHAZ and CHOP, arguing that local officials ignored their property rights, according to King 5 News. "This lawsuit is about the constitutional and other legal rights of Plaintiffs — businesses, employees, and residents in and around CHOP — which have been overrun by the City of Seattle’s unprecedented decision to abandon and close off an entire city neighborhood, leaving it unchecked by the police, unserved by fire and emergency health services, and inaccessible to the public at large,” the lawsuit reads while also pointing out that the plaintiffs are not taking issue with the Black Lives Matter movement specifically. “The City’s...
    By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of laid-off workers seeking U.S. unemployment aid barely fell last week, and the reopening of small businesses has leveled off — evidence that the job market’s gains may have stalled just as a surge in coronavirus cases is endangering an economic recovery. The government also reported Thursday that the economy contracted at a 5% annual rate in the first three months of the year, a further sign of the damage being inflicted by the viral pandemic. The economy is expected to shrink at a roughly 30% rate in the current quarter. That would be the worst quarterly contraction, by far, since record-keeping began in 1948. Economists do expect a snap-back in the second half of the year, though not enough to reverse all the damage. Last week, the number of people applying for jobless benefits declined slightly to 1.48 million. It was...
    By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of laid-off workers seeking U.S. unemployment aid barely fell last week, and the reopening of small businesses has leveled off — evidence that the job market’s gains may have stalled just as a surge in coronavirus cases is endangering an economic recovery. The government also reported Thursday that the economy contracted at a 5% annual rate in the first three months of the year, a further sign of the damage being inflicted by the viral pandemic. The economy is expected to shrink at a roughly 30% rate in the current quarter. That would be the worst quarterly contraction, by far, since record-keeping began in 1948. Economists do expect a snap-back in the second half of the year, though not enough to reverse all the damage. The number of laid-off workers who applied for unemployment benefits declined slightly to 1.48 million last week....
    A group of Seattle residents who own homes and businesses in what was, until Wednesday, the “Capitol Hill Occupied Protest” zone is now suing the city of Seattle over its willingness to “endorse” and enable CHOP’s lawlessness and even tolerate CHOP’s plan to create a “no cop co-op” police-free community. KUOW Seattle reports that the group filed suit Wednesday night in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. “Among other things, the lawsuit claims that the city’s actions amount to an illegal ceding of public property without due process,” per KUOW. “The lawsuit says the city has actively endorsed and enabled the CHOP.” DEVELOPING: More than a dozen businesses inside CHOP zone, on Seattle's Capitol Hill, file 56-page class action lawsuit against the City of Seattle. They're seeking unspecified damages, to be determined at trial. pic.twitter.com/RPlsW3DuNv — Preston Phillips (@PrestonTVNews) June 25, 2020 The group...
    DEWITT, Iowa – The cancellation of the Iowa State Fair is yet another emotional blow for people who had to change their plans this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. For food vendors, it means they are losing a major source of their income.   “I only work 63 days a year,” Charles Cox, owner of Chuckies Breaded Tenderloin, told Fox News. “That supplements our social security income.” Cox has attended the Iowa State Fair - which draws more than 1 million visitors each summer - over the last seven years. It's one of the three he attends. He and his business partner are now worried about how they will survive a summer without them. “The three fairs are the only fairs Chuck does and two out of the three were canceled,” said Michelle Bowers, owner of a Chuckies Breaded Tenderloin food truck.  “The season is pretty much...
    Numerous businesses and residents in Seattle, Washington, are suing the city for tolerating the CHOP zone, claiming officials were complicit in depriving them of the right to their own property. “The plaintiffs, including a tattoo parlor and auto repair shop, emphasized in the lawsuit filed Wednesday that they were not trying to undermine the anti-police-brutality or Black Lives Matter messaging of the ‘Capitol Hill Occupied Protest,'” King 5 reported. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, read: This lawsuit is about the constitutional and other legal rights of Plaintiffs—businesses, employees, and residents in and around CHOP—which have been overrun by the City of Seattle’s unprecedented decision to abandon and close off an entire city neighborhood, leaving it unchecked by the police, unserved by fire and emergency health services, and inaccessible to the public at large. The City’s decision has subjected businesses, employees, and residents of that neighborhood to extensive property...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City By Courtney Ingalls The Black Lives Matter Movement is taking the world by storm. Many people are taking action in many ways such as taking it to social media, protesting, and donating. If people are trying to find other ways to help be an ally to this movement, supporting Black-owned businesses is another great way! Here are some great family-friendly Black-owned businesses that will bring the family together while also having fun! A Princess Like Me – Online Disney inspired characters and other female party characters come to life for your kid’s special days! A Princess Like Me allows you to give your kids an experience that they will never forget while also adding a little magic to their day. Since we aren’t able to celebrate in person, for the time being,...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Further phases of reopening Texas are being temporarily paused due to a recent surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday. The governor said businesses that are permitted to open at this time can still operate under current guidelines such as capacity levels and social distancing measures. Since early May, the state has been slowing reopening its businesses since they were forced to shut down due to the pandemic. In just over a month, businesses like restaurants are now able to open at 75% capacity. However, as of recent, there has been a sharp increase in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, which prompted state leaders to pause any further reopening phases. On Wednesday, health officials reported a record-high 5,551 new COVID-19 cases and another record 4,389 patients hospitalized for the virus. “As we experience an increase in both positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, we...
    Laurence "Larry" Fink, chairman and chief executive officer of BlackRock.Chris Goodney | Bloomberg | Getty Images The world is becoming much more accepting of rising coronavirus cases, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink believes. The billionaire fund manager sees democracies in the age of coronavirus as torn between two directions: being a compassionate society that prioritizes people's health, versus being a pragmatic one that prioritizes the economy. And given the relative recovery of financial markets compared to their dramatic plunge in March, Fink thinks markets may not be reflecting the extent of the current crisis.  "I think psychologically the world has changed in the last few months. The world has changed from a compassionate world to more of a pragmatic world," Fink, who heads the world's largest asset management fund overseeing more than $7 trillion in assets, told CNBC's Hadley Gamble during a virtual panel of the World Government Summit. "Right now we...
    Under the latest phase of the state's restaurant and bar reopening guidelines, board games are off the table. That's a tough order for Board Game Republic and similar businesses that serve food and drinks but rely on game fans as their customer base. Keith Meyers, owner of Board Game Republic at 900 West First Avenue, says the rules could make it impossible for him to ever reopen. Wording in the coronavirus-related restrictions states that businesses must "minimize objects touched by multiple patrons including: Remove/close games and dance floors that require or encourage standing around (darts/pool tables/shuffleboard, arcade games); remove board games." Board Game Republic has a full kitchen and bar, but without the games, there's no specific draw for the establishment's primary customers, Meyers explains.  "Since we are such a niche, I know they weren't thinking of us when the rules were written," he adds.Related Stories City Approves Communal Outdoor Dining...
    Businesses, workers and residents sued the city of Seattle on Wednesday, saying local leadership enabled and endorsed the occupied zone at the detriment of “basic public safety.” At least a dozen businesses filed the class-action lawsuit, which came as a result of Seattle’s Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP)’s continued proliferation in the city. “Rather than seeking to restore order and protect the residents and property owners within CHOP, the City instead chose to actively endorse, enable, and participate in the occupation of CHOP,” page three of the 56-page lawsuit said, courtesy of The Seattle Times. The lawsuit added: “The City’s conduct has also resulted in the elimination of basic public safety within CHOP and nearby areas. For example, the City has enacted a policy under which police will not enter the CHOP area except during life or death emergencies, and, even in those situations, the response is at best muted...
    A group of businesses and residents in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle filed a federal lawsuit against the city for “extensive harm” they have faced as the location of the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP).  Protesters have occupied the neighborhood for several weeks after city police left their east precinct following clashes with demonstrators sparked by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in Minneapolis police custody on May 25. The class action lawsuit, which includes apartment buildings in the area, claims that the litigants support the Black Lives Matter movement but accuses the city of helping CHOP protesters. They claim the autonomous zone has made it difficult for them to receive deliveries, city amenities and conduct business.   “This lawsuit does not seek to undermine CHOP participants’ message or present a counter-message,” the lawsuit reads. “Rather, this lawsuit is about the constitutional and other legal rights of...
    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The administration of Democratic Gov. Janet Mills has released checklists for businesses allowed to reopen July 1 during the third phase of the state’s economic reopening plan. The rules cover movie theaters, bowling alleys, amusement parks and entertainment venues. A 50-person limit remains on shared spaces with strict rules intended to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Bars, tasting rooms and breweries, however, will not be allowed to reopen for indoor service. Outdoor service is allowed, however. The Mills administrations contends Maine is on par or ahead of other northeastern states in its reopening plan. “These reopenings represent a positive step forward for Maine and our economy, but Maine people and businesses must remain vigilant,” the governor Wednesday said in a statement. She noted that there are growing and “in some instances record high” numbers of COVID-19 cases in other states and that those serve as...