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    SUFFOLK COUNTY, Long Island (WABC) -- Smith Point and Cupsogue beaches are expected to reopen Monday after they were forced to close on Sunday due to a shark-related incident.A lifeguard was nipped by a shark Sunday morning during a training exercise meant to simulate a water emergency.Zach Gallo, who's been a lifeguard at Smith Point Beach for 10 years, was playing the role of a swimmer in distress when he was bit.He sustained injuries to his chest and right hand.The lifeguard was taken to Southside Hospital to receive stitches, according to Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.County officials closed the beach to all swimmers for the rest of Sunday out of an abundance of caution.Suffolk lifeguards are patrolling the beach for sharks using drones, jet skis, paddle boards, and surfboards.Lifeguards are also monitoring for shark activity from the shore.Bellone said lifeguards will continue monitoring the beach but that the beaches were set to reopen on July 4 if there were no other sightings.Despite the attack, Bellone said Suffolk County lifeguards are trained to handle many scenarios, including shark attacks."These are the...
    After about two months of lockdown, Shanghai announced plans over the weekend to relax restrictions on business activity. Subway riders pictured here on May 28, 2022, ride on one of four lines in the city that have resumed operations.Vcg | Visual China Group | Getty Images BEIJING — Major Chinese cities Beijing and Shanghai began to relax Covid controls over the weekend as the local case count dropped. Nationwide, the number of new cases with symptoms on the mainland fell to 20 on Sunday, down from 54 a day earlier. The capital city of Beijing reported eight new Covid cases for Sunday, while Shanghai recorded six. The loosening of restrictions comes about two months after Shanghai, China's largest city, ordered people to stay in their apartments for mass virus testing. Beijing city had begun tightening Covid controls about a month ago, but only locked down some neighborhoods. On Sunday, Shanghai authorities said businesses could start to reopen without having to apply for approval starting Wednesday. A shopping area called Xintiandi — including a local Shake Shack — was among those...
    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Supermarkets, malls and restaurants in Shanghai will be allowed to open in a limited capacity starting Monday, officials said, even while it remained unclear whether residents would be let out from their homes. The city’s Vice Mayor Chen Tong said Sunday at a daily press briefing that grocery stores, malls, convenience stores and pharmacies will be allowed to reopen while implementing measures that “reduce the flow of people.” Agriculture markets will also be allowed to reopen while ensuring “no contact” transactions. Restaurants will be allowed to serve takeout. However, Shanghai’s transportation department said Sunday that all subway lines in the city had stopped operating. It was unclear when those services would restart. City residents are waiting cautiously to see how the new measures will actually play out. Although the city’s official total lockdown began at the end of March, many have been stuck in their homes for longer. Shanghai officials have previously said the city of 25 million people would reopen in a limited way, only for restrictions to return even as cases wane....
    By The Associated Press KYIV, Ukraine — The Ukrainian military says that its forces have retaken some towns in the Chernihiv region and that humanitarian aid is being delivered. The news agency RBK Ukraina says the road between Chernihiv and the capital of Kyiv is to reopen to some traffic later Monday. Chernihiv is a city 80 miles north of Kyiv and it had been cut off from shipments of food and other supplies for weeks. The mayor said Sunday that relentless Russian shelling had destroyed 70% of the city. In other areas recently retaken from Russian troops, Ukrainian officials say they have recovered hundreds of slain civilians in the past few days. Ukraine’s prosecutor-general says the bodies of 410 civilians have been recovered from Kyiv-area towns. ___ KEY DEVELOPMENTS IN THE RUSSIA-UKRAINE WAR: — Ukraine accuses Russia of massacre, city strewn with bodies — US, UK secret intelligence has unusually public role in Ukraine war — Lithuania weans itself completely off Russian gas, 1st EU nation to do so — Drug shortages persist in Russia after start of Ukraine...
    Both the Shady Grove and Rockville Metro stations in Montgomery County, Maryland, are slated to reopen this weekend, according to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, the transit agency overseeing the rail system. Metro expects both stations to reopen Sunday following a four-month closure for canopy work and a delay. Tracking Metro 24/7 More Transportation News “We look forward to welcoming customers back to Rockville and Shady Grove stations this week. While station closures cause inconvenience at the time, the work is a sign of our commitment to infrastructure and maintenance improvements to ensure safety and reliability for our customers,” Metro General Manager and CEO Paul Wiedefeld said in a news release. Riders will find that any SmarTrip cards purchased before 2012 will not work with the new faregates at either station. Commuters who use the Park & Ride lot at the Rockville Station will find it repaved. Metro said some ongoing parking closures will remain in effect as it finishes improvements and restores the parking facilities at both stations in the coming weeks.   The West Kiss and...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — After more than a year of construction, Rash Field Park is set to reopen in early November following a $16.8 million facelift to install a skate park, an adventure park and nature park for kids, a shade lawn, and other amenities. Mayor Brandon Scott, Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford and city officials are scheduled to take part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, Nov. 6. READ MORE: Maryland Ranks No. 11 Among 'Safest States In America'Over the next two days, the new park will host skateboarding sessions, a Zumba class and other events to celebrate the reopening of the 7 1/2 acre park next to the Maryland Science Center. The two playgrounds, skate park, shade lawn and a pavilion with a green roof overlook are all part of the first phase of renovations, a project helmed by the Waterfront Partnership. READ MORE: Is Maryland A Southern State? Not According To Most MarylandersPhase II is set to include a reconfiguration of beach volleyball courts on the site, shaded walking and jogging trails, bird and butterfly gardens, fitness equipment, and...
    HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California beach that had been closed since an undersea pipeline leaked crude into ocean waters last week is set to reopen Monday, officials announced Sunday night. City and state beaches in Huntington Beach will reopen after water quality tests revealed no detectable levels of oil associated toxins in the ocean water, the city of Huntington Beach and California State Parks said in a news release. They are still urging visitors to avoid areas that smell of oil and not to touch any oiled materials that wash ashore. That news will likely please surfers and beach-goers like Richard Beach, who returned to the waves in Huntington Beach with his bodyboard — until lifeguards jet skis chased him out on Sunday. He trekked back across the beach, passing workers in hazmat suits tasked with clearing the sand of sticky, black blobs that washed ashore after the spill. “The water’s perfect,” said Beach, 69. “Clear all the way to the bottom.” Huntington Beach and nearby coastal communities have been reeling from last week’s spill that officials...
    The Washington Monument is set to reopen Sunday after an extended period of repairs stemming from a lightning strike almost two weeks ago, a National Park Service spokesman said. NPS Spokesman Mike Litterst told WTOP in an email, “It’s the news all of America has been waiting for! The Washington Monument will reopen on Sunday, tickets available tomorrow morning at 10 a.m.” UPDATE: The Washington Monument will reopen on Sunday, August 29. Tickets will be available online tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. Find more information at https://t.co/vIIQRWKAMW #WashingtonDC pic.twitter.com/FiCp19aJYK — National Mall NPS (@NationalMallNPS) August 27, 2021 The monument was forced to close after being hit by lightning on Aug. 15. Electrical systems that operate the elevator and access to the monument were damaged during the strike, and crews have been working to repair the damages and replace compromised components. Tickets for entry will be available to the public beginning Saturday morning, and can be reserved online.
    SAN JOSE — Three months after a deadly mass shooting at the VTA, light rail service is slowly coming back online, with test runs this week and hopes that trains will be ready to take passengers to Sunday’s 49ers-Raiders game at Levi’s Stadium. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority has delayed its reopening once already, pushing deadlines as its traumatized workers ready themselves to return to work and dormant equipment is checked for safety. More than 300 employees fled the Guadalupe rail yard the morning of May 26 when a disgruntled mechanic opened fire and killed nine coworkers in two buildings. “I don’t think the average person can grasp the kind of fear that was present that day,” Carolyn Gonot, VTA’s new CEO and general manager told reporters Tuesday. “That’s why we have taken the time in a very deliberate trauma-informed approach in having our employees come back.” Counseling has been offered to all the workers, many of whom started their first days early this month at different work sites — away from the main rail yard near First and Hedding...
    The Black Crowes were back in the Bay Area, celebrating the once-improbable reunion of the band, marking the 30-something anniversary of their best album and helping reopen Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View. They did not, however, bring many fans along for the ride. Shoreline was about as empty as I’ve ever seen it in the nearly 30 years I’ve covered shows at the venue. No official attendance figures were given, but it appeared there were less than 5,000 people there — which, if correct, would mean that it was less than 25 percent full. The 100 section was pretty densely populated, but it grew much sparser as one moved back to the 200s. And the big lawn area was an absolute ghost town. (I did make it back to there to check out the new video screens, which are an absolute game changer in terms of providing better views for people hanging out on the grass.) Part of the attendance issue surely had to do with COVID scares still keeping many people away from attending live shows. But I’d put...
    Saudi Arabia will reopen its borders to tourists on Sunday for the first time in 18 months after imposing restrictions at the start of the pandemic to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The historically closed-off kingdom introduced electronic visas for tourists in late 2019, just before the pandemic struck. Saudi Arabia is looking to rebrand itself as a unique tourist destination for nature lovers and curious travelers as a way to boost non-oil revenue and create more jobs. Citizens of 49 mostly European countries, as well as the U.S. and China among others, will be allowed to enter the kingdom under the new rules without quarantine if they provide a negative PCR test before travel and have vaccine certificates proving two doses of the Oxford/Astra Zeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or a single dose of the vaccine produced by Johnson & Johnson. Travelers vaccinated with the Chinese Sinopharm or Sinovac vaccine must have received a third dose of one of the other vaccines. Earlier this week, the kingdom warned that any citizen who travels to red-listed...
    LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- Archbishop Jose Gomez has announced that the dispensation to attend Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be lifted in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, except for those who are ill, have underlying health conditions or have significant concerns about becoming ill.Gomez encouraged the faithful to attend in-person Sunday Mass next weekend, especially those in good health."Thankfully, we continue to make significant progress in our fight against the pandemic in the three counties of the Archdiocese. We can look forward to better days in which we can actively live our faith as the Body of Christ in our parish communities,'' Gomez said in the letter. "And so, on June 19 and 20, I encourage the Catholic faithful of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to return to in-person Sunday Mass and the celebration of the Sacraments, especially for those who are in good health.''The archbishop also established new "Guidelines on Liturgical Celebrations and Religious Services,'' which were sent to all pastors to help facilitate a smooth transition to the reopening.Among other...
    The State of California has begun to reopen slowly from coronavirus shutdowns as more counties moved this week from the most-restrictive “purple” tier into the “red” tier, allowing restaurants, gyms, and schools to reopen, albeit at limited capacity. As of this week, the Associated Press (AP) reported Wednesday, “90% of the state’s nearly 40 million residents can enjoy a restaurant meal indoors, watch a movie in a theater and sweat it out inside a gym.” In November, 94% of the state’s population lived in a “purple” tier that was subject to a month-long nighttime curfew to deter holiday gatherings. The AP reported: California has been on a reopening roll since a deadly winter surge that saw skyrocketing hospitalizations and soaring positivity rates. San Diego and Sacramento were among the counties moving out of the most restrictive purple tier, public health officials announced Tuesday. San Mateo County also became the first county in the San Francisco Bay Area allowing businesses there to open even more, including indoor bowling alleys and outdoor bars that do not serve meals. Businesses can reopen Wednesday,...
    DENVER (CBS4) – After closing all runways and then eventually ceasing all operations for the day during the blizzard on Sunday, Denver International Airport will reopen the runways at 10 a.m. Monday. All runways remain closed at least until 10 a.m. this morning. As soon as we have updates, well let you know here. READ MORE: Adams County Shooting Sends One To The Hospital — Denver Intl Airport (@DENAirport) March 15, 2021 READ MORE: Colorado Roads Got Bad Real Fast For First Responders, Safety Crews In Sundays Blizzard DIA officially measured 2 feet of snow (as of 7 p.m. on Sunday) and had 1.07 inches of liquid precipitation. Cars stuck on Peña Boulevard on Sunday afternoon. (credit: CBS) More than 2,000 flights were canceled at DIA over the weekend, with dozens more delays. Delays and cancellations are still expected Monday as airlines try to catch up from the weekend. RTD’s A Line with rail service between Union Station and the airport shut down operations at 7 p.m. Sunday, and the airport remained open for passengers and employees who are...
    Thousands of Californians took advantage of a move into red-tier life Sunday, after COVID-19 restrictions that kept them confined for months loosened, with Contra Costa County joining the state’s most populated areas in the biggest mass reopening since autumn. People eagerly swarmed streets in such downtown areas as Danville and Walnut Creek to dine inside and stroll along jammed sidewalks as if emerging from winter hibernation. And they came with the hope that — with things headed slowly but steadily in the right direction — the easing of restrictions will last this time. As Patty McCurdy, general manager of The Peasant & The Pear restaurant in downtown Danville, put it: “It feels different.” The combination of increasing coronavirus vaccines and decreasing transmission rates led public health officials to move 13 counties, including Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, San Benito and Sonoma, from the strict purple tier to the more permissive red tier in the state’s four-level reopening system. The 13 counties that went into the red tier Sunday have 17.7 million residents or almost 45% of the state’s population. Most counties...
    Coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths continue to decline in Los Angeles County as the hard-hit and heavily populated region prepared to reopen businesses — including indoor restaurants, gyms and movie theaters — for the first time in months. With the caveat that the figures may be artificially low due to lags in weekend reporting, county health officials on Sunday reported 644 new coronavirus cases. There were 28 deaths in the county, compared with 250 deaths per day during the winter peak in January. There were 951 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the county Sunday; a third were in intensive care. On Saturday, there were 979 COVID-19 patients in county hospitals, marking the first time in more than three months that the figure dropped below 1,000. Sunday’s declines continued a downward trend in recent weeks, bolstered by millions of vaccinations being delivered to county residents, that put Los Angeles on a path to move out of the state’s strictest tier for business closures and restrictions. Starting Monday, the county will permit various businesses that have been shuttered for months...
    There will be traffic pattern changes in D.C. near the White House starting Sunday through mid-April. The District Department of Transportation said the changes to the traffic on 16th Street NW between H Street NW and K Street NW, also known as Black Lives Matter Plaza, will be temporary, but a DDOT spokesperson did not say why it was taking place. On Sunday, one travel lane on 16th Street NW will be reopened in each direction. Northbound drivers will access 16th Street from H Street NW; southbound drivers from K Street NW. Drivers on I Street NW will be able to continue west or make a right onto northbound 16th Street NW. There will be no left turns allowed from I Street NW to southbound 16th Street NW. The center of the plaza will be designated for pedestrians and protected from vehicle traffic. Abigail Constantino Abigail Constantino started her journalism career writing for a local newspaper in Fairfax County, Virginia. She has a master’s degree in interactive journalism from American University and a master’s degree in English Literature from The...
    Orange and San Bernardino counties are poised to move into the less-restrictive red tier on Sunday after the state reached its threshold of 2 million vaccines administered to people in vulnerable, hard-hit communities.The move means more businesses, including movie theaters and gyms, will be allowed to reopen at reduced capacity. Indoor dining will also be allowed to resume.Orange County was planning to move up to the red tier by Wednesday, but since the state met its goal of inoculating two million Californians in underprivileged communities where coronavirus has spread more widely that meant the county could reopen more business and institutions earlier. The state allowed for higher case rates to move up from the most strict tier of purple to red, and Orange County had more than two weeks of credit for meeting that standard.Under the previous standards, Orange County would have qualified for the red tier by Wednesday, St. Patrick's Day.The red tier allows for many more businesses and organizations to reopen. For instance, retail stores could allow for half capacity instead of 25%, and museums, zoos and aquariums...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Orange County inched closer Tuesday to moving to the less-restrictive red tier of the state’s COVID-19 monitoring system but the county must now keep its current metrics through Sunday. Once the county meets the requirements, it must hold those rates for another two weeks to qualify for the red tier, allowing more businesses to reopen. READ MORE: Innocent Driver Killed After Short Pursuit Ends In Fiery Crash Near The Grove; Suspect In Custody The county’s metrics are updated every Tuesday, but those reports reflect numbers through Sunday. As of Sunday, Orange County did not meet the criteria for the red tier. To get to the red tier, the county has to have a case rate per 100,000 population of 4 to 7, a positivity rate of 5% to 8% and a Health Equity Quartile rate of 5.3% to 8%. The county’s most recent overall testing positivity rate was at 3.8% and the health-equity positivity rate was at 4.9%, which would put both in the orange tier, said Orange County CEO Frank Kim. The case rate per...
    OAKLAND — Dozens of parents, students and teachers of the Oakland Unified School District gathered Sunday at Eastshore Park to call on district officials to reopen schools as the spread of the deadly coronavirus pandemic continues to slow. It’s been nearly a year since schools in the Bay Area’s third-largest city closed down at the start of the pandemic. Parents and teachers — many of whom belong to Black and brown families that have been disproportionately impacted by the disease’s spread — are frustrated with the district’s sluggish approach to reopening schools for its over 50,000 students. OAKLAND, CA – FEBRUARY 28: Community members take part in a rally calling for the reopening of schools on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, in Oakland, Calif. The group Oakland Parents for Transparency and Safe Reopening organized the community rally near Lake Merritt. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)  Parents are asking that OUSD immediately begin a phased reopening of schools for the remainder of the 2021 Spring term, beginning with elementary schools and the most vulnerable populations, who should return to the classroom no...
    By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel plans to reopen restaurants around March 9 and restart tourism with Cyprus as part of a gradual return to normality thanks to a COVID-19 vaccination campaign, officials said on Sunday. With more than 41% of Israelis having received at least one shot of Pfizer Inc's vaccine, Israel has said it will partially reopen hotels and gyms on Feb. 23 to those fully inoculated or deemed immune after recovering from COVID-19. To gain entry, these beneficiaries would have to present a "Green Pass", displayed on a Health Ministry app linked to their medical files. The app's rollout is due this week. Nachman Ash, the national pandemic-response coordinator, said the reopening of hotel dining rooms, restaurants and cafes would happen "around March 9". "We want to open gradually, carefully so we don't have another breakout of another wave, and another lockdown," he told Ynet TV. Israel began emerging from its third lockdown last Sunday. On Monday, it signed an accord with Greece to ease travel restrictions there on Green Pass-bearing Israelis. Hosting Cypriot President Nicos...
    CANTON (CBS) – The Blue Hills Ski Area in Canton will reopen on Sunday after briefly closing for a state inspection of the double chair lift. The facility was closed on Saturday for an inspection of the double chair lift after issues surrounding it. It will open again at 8 a.m. on Sunday and close at 8 p.m., with all programs running as scheduled. “Thank you for all your patience as we have been working closely with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to complete inspection of our double chair lift,” wrote the Blue Hills Ski Area on their Facebook page. “The Recreational Tramway Board has reviewed all reports and inspections and determined the Lift is safe for operation. The Tramway Board voted unanimously to re-open the Lift. See you tomorrow!” On Thursday, some skiers were stuck on the lift for 40 minutes before crews were able to reach them. According to the Canton Fire Department, a number of skiers were entangled in a few wires while on the lift but no injuries were reported. On Monday, a seven-year-old boy fell 35 feet from a...
    The coronavirus testing site at Dodger Stadium — one of the largest in the state — will reopen Monday after closing for restructuring over the weekend in a bid to cut down on traffic, which has drawn complaints from neighborhood residents, officials said. Long lines of cars could often be seen snaking around the massive drive-through testing site, which the city has described as the largest in the nation, and spilling into adjacent streets. “We were receiving a few complaints from neighbors in the area that traffic was hindering, on some days, their ability to do daily activities,” said David Ortiz, public information officer for the Los Angeles Fire Department. “So we took that into advisement and planned out with the Dodgers a way to improve the situation.” The Dodgers made an additional parking lot available. Fire department personnel and engineers with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation used traffic cones to create four meandering lanes for cars to travel through, “which takes the traffic off city streets and puts it on the Dodgers property,” Ortiz said. Officials estimate the...
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Individual U.S. states scrambled on Sunday to impose lockdowns to stem coronavirus spikes amid a lack of national leadership on how to curb infections until vaccines are widely available in the spring. Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House Coronavirus Task Force coordinator, expressed frustration on Sunday over the mixed messages coming from the Trump administration that are reflected in some Americans' perception about masks, social distancing and superspreader events. "Right now, across the Sun Belt, we have governors and mayors who have cases equivalent to what they had in the summertime yet aren't putting in the same policies and mitigations that they put in the summer, that they know changed the course of this pandemic across the South," she said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "So it is frustrating because not only do we know what works, governors and mayors used those tools to stem the tide in the spring and the summer," Birx said. Only about half of the 50 U.S. states have enacted new restrictions in the last month as cases, deaths and hospitalizations...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths are at the highest point since the pandemic began, but Los Angeles-area parents are being asked to choose by Sunday between a hybrid, in-person learning model or to keep their children learning remotely. The Los Angeles Unified School District has not given a date when campuses – which shut down in mid-March because of the pandemic — might reopen. But the district says the survey will help them gather information about what parents prefer when students are able to return to campuses. LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner has said that campuses will not reopen until the overall levels of the virus are much lower. In September, the district began testing all teachers and staff working on campuses, and said it plans to test all students and offer testing to their families once campuses reopen for in-person learning. At this time, the district is considering two instructional models for students – the first, a hybrid model in which students will attend class in-person for a portion of the week, with the same set...
    By The Associated Press NEW YORK — New York City will reopen its school system to in-person learning and increase the number of days a week many children attend class even as the coronavirus pandemic intensifies in the city. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Sunday that some elementary schools and pre-kindergarten programs will resume classes Dec. 7. Others will take longer to reopen their doors. The announcement marks a major policy reversal for the nation’s largest school system. It comes just 10 days after de Blasio announced that schools were shutting down because of a rising number of cases. The plan for reopening middle and high schools is still being developed. Some elementary schools and pre-kindergarten programs will resume classes Dec. 7, a week from Monday, the mayor said. Others will take longer to reopen their doors. ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: —Fauci: US may see ‘surge upon surge’ of virus in coming weeks — Hawaii seeks to be seen as a remote workplace with a view — North Korea toughens rules of entry...
    Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC), will join Pastor Jack Hibbs at Calvary Chapel Chino Hills in Chino, California, at 8 p.m. eastern time for “Freedom Sunday,” an event calling on churches to reopen for in-person worship. “The church is more than essential,” Perkins said in an announcement about the event, referring to conoravirus restrictions imposed on churches because they are not “essential.” “It’s time to choose faith over fear,” Perkins said. “It’s time to honor God over man,” Perkins said. “It’s time for a court that will honor and uphold our First Freedom. It’s time for Freedom Sunday.” “Freedom Sunday is a call for the resumption of in-person church services in obedience to Scripture (Hebrews 10:25) and a freedom guaranteed by the Constitution,” the FRC announcement said. “Across the nation, many state and local government officials continue to take unconstitutional steps to restrict worship services even as they’ve allowed the reopening of casinos, tattoo parlors, abortion centers, liquor stores, and most all other businesses.” The 90 minute event, which will be live-streamed at www.freedomsunday2020.com, will feature remarks...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art will reopen this Sunday to the public. On Thursday, members were invited back for the first time since the museum closed nearly six months ago. There is a touchless entry system in place with temperature checks and masks are required for all visitors. (credit: CBS3) Museum officials say they’ve spent the closed months reimagining the best and safest experience for all guests. Click here for more information on tickets.
    (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told allies that "failure to reopen schools is not an option", the Sunday Telegraph newspaper reported. Earlier this month, Johnson said reopening schools in September was a social, economic and moral imperative, insisting schools would be able to operate safely despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The Sunday Times reported this month that Johnson had ordered a public relations campaign to ensure schools open on time. (Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by William Mallard) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered a public relations campaign to ensure schools reopen on time in September and said in a meeting that they should be the last places to close even in case of a local lockdown, The Sunday Times newspaper reported. "The PM stressed (in a Thursday meeting) that the harm done to children's education by not attending school as well as to their mental health is far more damaging than the low risk posed (by the coronavirus), which schools will be carefully managing," the newspaper quoted a source as having said. A study published on Tuesday said Britain risks a second wave of COVID-19 this winter twice as large as the initial outbreak if it reopens schools full-time without improving its test-and-trace system. Schools in Britain closed in March during a national lockdown, except for the children of key workers, and reopened in June for a small number of pupils. The government wants all pupils to return to school by early September, with Johnson calling this a national priority. (Reporting by Kanishka Singh...
    The Bell Museum will reopen its Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium on Thursday, Aug. 6. By now, we know the drill: limited days and hours of operation, limited capacity, advance reservations, timed tickets, physical distancing, and everyone over 2 years old must wear “a face covering that covers the mouth and nose.” (Language seems to be shifting from “mask” to “face covering.” Whatever you call it, please wear it. As of July 22, Gov. Tim Walz has ordered that masks be worn in indoor public spaces across Minnesota.) The planetarium will open with two all-ages programs, “Minnesota Night Sky” and “Out of This World!” With NASA’s Perseverance rover heading for a February 2021 Mars landing, the red planet will be a special focus of the second program. The Bell’s planetarium is the only dedicated public planetarium in Minnesota. There was a popular planetarium in the old Minneapolis Central Library, but when the library was torn down in 2003, so was the Minnesota Planetarium. Plans were made for a new planetarium on the roof of the new library, but it never...
    Mitch McConnell unveiled Republican's $1 trillion coronavirus relief package will cut weekly unemployment benefits from $600 to $200 and include a second round of $1,200 direct checks. 'Republicans want to continue a federal supplement to state unemployment insurance,' the Senate majority leader said. 'In fact, we'll propose a weekly dollar amount that is eight times what Democrats put in place when they controlled the White House and Congress in the Great Recession,' he said of the reduced benefits. McConnell said from the Senate floor Monday afternoon that U.S. economic recovery has been 'promising' so far - claiming there is one foot in the pandemic and on foot in recovery. 'American people need more help, they need it to be comprehensive and they need it to be carefully tailored to this crossroad,' McConnell said during his prepared remarks. 'Our economic policies have to acknowledge both sides of that coin.' The reduction in unemployment benefits come after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Donald Trump's Chief of Staff Mark Meadows announced over the weekend that the White House wants to cap the relief...
    Donald Trump asserted Sunday morning that he will 'eventually' get it right on coronavirus after he claimed on several occasions that the threat will just 'disappear' one day. 'I'll be right eventually. I will be right eventually. You know I said, 'It's going to disappear.' I'll say it again,' the president told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace in an hour-long interview. 'It's going to disappear and I'll be right,' he continued. Wallace pushed back: 'But does that – does that discredit you?' 'I don't think so,' Trump countered. 'You know why? Because I've been right probably more than anybody else.' 'I'll be right eventually,' Donald Trump asserted Sunday morning when talking about his claims that the coronavirus threat will 'disappear' eventually   When Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace (right) suggested these comments 'discredit' the president, Trump pushed back: 'I've been right probably more than anybody else' The interview aired as Trump left the White House Sunday morning for a golf outing at his golf club in Sterling, Virginia  The interaction came after a tape played showing...
    Kate Raddatz reports for WCCO-TV: “Minnesota will turn the dial a little more this week. Starting Monday, several Hennepin County libraries will begin offering ‘grab and go’ services in-person. Day programs will also resume for adults with disabilities, and long-term care facilities will be allowed to have some visitors again. … For the first time in four months, outside visitors deemed ‘essential caregivers’ by state health officials will be able to visit residents in nursing homes and assisted care facilities. Day services are also reopening Monday for adults in group settings with disabilities, giving them access to day centers that offer mental and emotional support, among other services. WCCO spoke with Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Jodi Harpstead about the changes.” MPR reports: “Family members of dozens of people killed by police — in Minnesota and across the country — marched to the Capitol in St. Paul on Sunday to protest police violence and racial injustice. Hundreds took part in what was called the National Mothers March. The demonstration came on the eve of another special session of the...
    EVERETT (CBS) – Encore Boston Harbor casino is getting ready to reopen July 12 with a new normal. “We’re allowing three customers, not six at table games like blackjack,” said President Brian Gullbrants.  It’s one of many changes, so players aren’t gambling with their health. Six-foot tall clear plastic dividers have been installed to keep them from dealers and players from each other.  The bottom line is the casino is back after weathering a difficult three months. Encore Boston Harbor casino is getting ready to reopen July 12 with a new normal. (WBZ-TV) “We have 2,700 employees back who started Monday and are being tested for COVID-19 prior to opening,” said Gullbrants. Slot machines will have clear plastic dividers if they’re less than 6 feet apart, and there will be no craps, roulette or poker under Massachusetts Gaming guidelines.  Restaurants will also have more safety standards. “When you sit down, we’ll bring an alcohol-based sanitizer wipe and a coaster for your mask,” said Gullbrants, who added employees are following strict sanitizing guidelines. But Marguerite Cruz who worked in banquets at...
    CBS Detroit – The Henry Ford is reopening finally and kicking things off with an exhibition called Marvel Universe of Super Heroes. The new exhibition brings over 300 artifacts on display, featuring some of Marvel’s most sought after artwork, costumes, and props.  The Marvel Universe special exhibit will debut on July 16 – 19 to all guests, and run through January 31, 2021. Credit: Marvel/Museum of Pop Culture The Henry Ford website touts this as “the biggest Marvel exhibition ever chronicles the story of Marvel and its influence on visual culture”. Uncovering Marvel characters, like Captain America, Spider-Ma, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and Doctor Strange. The Henry Ford is reopening in stages. From July 2-5 is the current and new member’s preview weekend. Operating Thursday-Sunday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. Open will be the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation and Greenfield Village. The general public opening is from July 9 – 12, open Thursday through Sunday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. Then on July 16 – 19, the museum will debut the Marvel Universe exhibit. Closed for...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore will reopen to the general public Sunday morning after being closed for months due to the coronavirus pandemic. In a news release, the casino said it will open at 8 a.m. Sunday for the general public. Diamond and Seven Stars cardholders will be able to visit the casino two days earlier, beginning at 8 a.m. Friday. Thermal Imaging Cameras Among New Safety Measures At Maryland Live! Casino & Hotel Once the casino reopens, guests and employees will be required to wear masks and have their temperatures checked. The facility will be limited to 50 percent capacity. In addition, slot machines will be arranged to encourage social distancing and table games will have reduced capacity. CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES:  Coronavirus Resources: How To Get Help In Maryland TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines The Baltimore Marketplace restaurants will be open, while Fu Noodle Bar and Gordon Ramsay Steak will have limited hours. For the latest information...
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