Florida reopens state’s economy despite ongoing pandemic

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Ron DeSantis lifted all restrictions on restaurants and other businesses in Florida on Friday, and banned local fines against people who refuse to wear masks as he seeks to reopen the state’s economy despite the spread of the coronavirus. The Republican governor’s order unleashed fresh debate in the politically divided […]

Experts worry as US virus restrictions are eased or violated

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — State and local officials around the U.S. are rolling back social-distancing rules again after an abortive effort over the summer, allowing bars, restaurants and gyms to open. Fans are gathering mask-free at football games. President Donald Trump is holding crowded indoor rallies. While some Americans may see such things as a […]

The Latest: Mexico tops 35,000 deaths, 4th highest toll

MEXICO CITY — Mexican officials say the number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths has passed 35,000, making it the country with the fourth highest total. A count by Johns Hopkins University has only the United States, Brazil and Britain with more confirmed deaths from the new coronavirus. Sunday’s rise to 35,006 confirmed deaths moved Mexico, a […]

Churches amid the pandemic: Some outbreaks, many challenges

NEW YORK (AP) — Crowded bars and house parties have been identified as culprits in spreading the coronavirus. Meat packing plants, prisons and nursing homes are known hot spots. Then there’s the complicated case of America’s churches. The vast majority of these churches have cooperated with health authorities and successfully protected their congregations. Yet from […]

Michigan governor closes indoor bars, allows to-go cocktails

LANSING, Mich (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday that she was closing indoor seating in bars in parts of the state, including a college town where one brewpub has been linked to about 140 infections. Whitmer also signed a bill allowing bars and restaurants to sell to-go cocktails in an effort to help […]

In NYC, marking 50th anniversary of Pride, no matter what

NEW YORK (AP) — There were protests, rainbow flags and performances — it was LGBTQ Pride, after all. But what was normally an outpouring on the streets of New York City looked a little different this year, thanks to social distancing rules required by the coronavirus. With the city’s massive Pride parade canceled, Sunday’s performances […]

Lives Lost: A century of learning, bookended by pandemic

In her 80s, Phyllis Antonetz moved to a new state, quickly settling in and volunteering at a school. In her 90s, she was living on her own, keeping a busy calendar of classes and outings. In her 100s, still primly dressed and manicured, she held court as she made the rounds in her nursing home. […]

Longtime Wallingford EMT reunited with family after 7 week battle with coronavirus

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Longtime Wallingford EMT Lenny Guercia was reunited with family Saturday afternoon after a 53 day battle with coronavirus. “Today is the first day of the rest of my life,” he said. The father of three was released from Gaylord Hospital after a grueling battle with coronavirus. He was on a ventilator […]

Lace them up: Boxing set for June 9 return in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Add boxing to the list of sports on the comeback trail. Promoter Bob Arum said Thursday he plans to stage a card of five fights on June 9 at the MGM Grand, the first of a series of fights over the next two months at the Las Vegas hotel. A second […]

Ohio restaurant adds shower curtain dividers between tables for coronavirus guidelines

NORTH CANTON, Ohio (WJW) — Owners of a small restaurant are preparing for their reopening day by creating a separation between tables using clear shower curtains. Like all restaurants across Ohio, the Twisted Citrus in North Canton was forced to close because of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. “It was without warning and it happened right […]

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