In today’s news, states across the country are beginning to see more stores, restaurants, bars, businesses, and spaces reopen. As the United States enters the first phase of reopening after months of shutdown, new guidelines and public health procedures are being put in place. However, some states are experiencing upticks of coronavirus cases upon reopening. See the news featured on Sunday’s front pages, from Newseum:
A Waffle House in Decatur, Georgia closed due to the pandemic. Taken on April 12, 2020. Some businesses, including restaurants, are beginning to reopen with social distancing practices. Credit: Thomas Cizauskas/Flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Las Vegas Sun, Published in Las Vegas, Nevada
Abiding by social distancing guidelines, Ella Em’s Soul Food in North Las Vegas seated about two people on June 6 as small businesses began opening back up to the public in the city. Black business owners were hit hardest by the pandemic, Bryan Horwath reports in the story.
Sun Herald, Published in Biloxi, Mississippi
Church goers miss being able to come together, but church leaders along the Mississippi coast are waiting for the right time to reopen. The virus has disproportionately impacted Black communities and other minority groups in the state. While Black churches are able to reopen since the state’s restrictions have been lifted, the disease’s effects on African Americans and the elderly are still a concern in the community.
Merced Sun-Star, Published in Merced, California
Bars, wineries, fitness centers, and dozens of other selected businesses are now open in Merced County as of Friday, June 12. This profile takes a peek inside a local billiard hall, and how Merced business owners are navigating a post-pandemic landscape with safety in mind.
The Daily Advertiser, Published in Lafayette, Louisiana
Louisiana is experiencing more new infections since reopening the state after case counts, deaths, and hospitalizations hit all time lows in May. Other southern states, such as Arkansas, South Carolina, Kentucky, and Tennessee are also seeing increases in case counts in recent weeks, according to the report.
The State, Published in Columbia, South Carolina
In South Carolina, lawmakers are split on how to slow the rising rates of coronavirus in the state. Some say it falls on “individual responsibility” of the public, and do not want to reclose businesses. Others argue that all options should still be considered.
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