See Which States Are Reopening
And which are still shut down. After weeks of shutdown, the nation began to slowly, cautiously re-emerge this week. The first beaches and state parks opened back up, beacons of open space and fresh air. A few barbers returned to work, clippers in hand, masks over their faces. Even some restaurants were getting ready to serve customers again — at tables spread far apart. Like the decisions to shut down and order residents to stay at home, the plans to reopen have come state by state or region by region. They have brought sighs of relief in some corners but kindled fears of a resurgence in others.
Safe Dining? Hard to Imagine
But many restaurants are trying. Though widespread re-openings may be a long way off, chefs and health officials have begun studying how a post-pandemic restaurant might look. For most American restaurateurs and their customers, the idea of reopening a dining room with waiters and a wine list may seem unthinkable when most of the country remains locked down and the nation’s death toll from Covid-19 has topped 50,000. In the United States, the rules dictating what is safe in a restaurant are anything but clear, even as states begin allowing them to reopen.
Proposed Covid-19-Related Business Interruption
And property loss insurance legislation. Recent claims by private businesses seeking to recover coronavirus-related (COVID-19) losses under their business interruption and property insurance policies have typically been denied by their insurers based on the rationale that such losses are either not included in the policies’ general coverage language, are omitted from coverage by the specific exclusions in the policies, or both. Whether those denials will be upheld remains an open question, and a large number of lawsuits on the issue are already pending, but for small businesses all over the country that do not have the time or the resources to challenge these denials in court before their money runs out, the immediate consequences have been so severe that their continued existence is threatened, prompting them to urgently request relief from their elected representatives.
Did You Know?
During lockdown, it’s 5 o’clock everywhere. We need the ritual; we have the time. And during lockdown, it’s 5 o’clock everywhere. Early in the outbreak liquor stores were deemed essential retail businesses on the premise that our anxiety was going to require release. But there was a growing need as well for new rituals to replace the ones that had vanished from our lives — for a style of drinking that was neither rushed nor indiscriminate, presuming we were of sound health and blessed with the structural comforts. Gulping down a glass of wine from a screw-top bottle as you frantically heated leftovers because you got home late from work, again, was a habit it no longer seemed necessary to honor.
Nature is rebounding during the pandemic. As the novel coronavirus pandemic rages across the globe, at least one-third of the world’s population is under some sort of stay-at-home order. The limited outside activity has resulted in detrimental losses in the global economy, but without human touch, the natural world has been thriving. While these improvements will unfortunately not last as people revert back to their normal habits, the environmental improvements have been eye-opening to how much responsibility humans have in damaging our planet. Here are eight photos that show just how nature is healing itself in the midst of coronavirus.
Unemployment help. Learn how to apply for unemployment benefits, workers’ compensation, welfare or temporary assistance, and other programs and services that can help if you lose your job. The federal government has allowed states to change their unemployment benefits laws. It lets them provide unemployment benefits for situations related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). And, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has expanded benefits further. There are a variety of benefit and aid programs to help you if you lose your job.
People struggling to pay bills during coronavirus crisis could get hit again starting in June. Missing a couple of paychecks was never going to turn out well for many consumers, even before the pandemic. Some had to work two jobs to make ends meet. Others never really made enough money to set aside much savings and cover all their regular expenses. The stay-at-home orders threw another bill on the pile as families spent an extra $300 or more to stockpile groceries and cleaning essentials to prepare for potential quarantines. Some took on extra debt to do it.
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