Today’s daily news focuses on ways that municipalities and businesses, with a view to re-opening, are trying to adapt to the continuing pandemic. From Miami to Denver, Boston to Hawaii, and Detroit, articles are curated from the front pages on newseum.org.
Miami Beach by Tammon courtesy of Pixabay.com
By May 20th, most of the Miami-Dade area municipalities will allow many businesses to reopen, including barbershops and hairdressers. However, there is still some disagreement between the various mayors, with the beaches of Miami Beach not reopening until June at the earliest. Miami-Dade will be debuting a “flag system” to denote the level of restrictions, with Orange meaning parks are open, and Yellow signifying the non-essential business openings planned for May 20th.
Governor Jared Polis’s administration proposed, as part of looking into possible measures for limited reopening, allowing restaurants to seat diners outdoors. Additional proposals by the Downtown Denver Partnership detail a plan to close some downtown streets to allow foot traffic and open-air businesses. Proponents of these measures point to the fact that we will be living with COVID-19 for a long time to come, but also the fact that lockdown measures are causing devastating financial hardship. They hope that the proposed ideas will strike a safe middleground.
Hanauma Bay Nature Reserve near Honolulu. Photo by Terry Webster courtesy of pxhere.com
Hawaii Governor David Ige has heard calls to reopen Hawaii businesses, but remains reluctant to reopen tourism due to the risks it poses to the islands. The struggling tourism industry of Hawaii usually can expect over 800,000 visitors in April, but have received 1% of that number this year due to travel restrictions. As a result, some in the tourism and hospitality industries are hoping for a general reopening to recoup losses.
As Massachusetts prepares for a gradual reopening, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce wants more answers from the state government on the proposed expansion of testing. As a response to concerns that it is too soon to reopen, Governor Baker’s office has released a phased plan that prioritizes business reopenings in order of likely viral propagation. The first planned openings will be businesses that don’t come in close contact with customers and can effectively introduce social distancing into the regular work flow. Additionally, Massachusetts will continue contact tracing, whereby anyone who had contact with positive cases of COVID-19 is interviewed and tested.
Detroit-area food truck owners are cautiously trying to keep their business operating without endangering themselves and their employees. Food trucks rely on presently-cancelled large events to make ends meet. Many are turning to curbside pickup or suburban subdivisions, trying to pick up some market share of the struggling restaurant business.
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