Relaxed Rules and Warm Weather Tests States
Warmer weather lures people outdoors. Warmer weekend temperatures and fatigue over weeks of confinement lured millions of Americans outside on Saturday, adding to the pressure on city and state officials to enforce, or loosen, restrictions imposed to limit the spread of the coronavirus. In New York City, where the temperature hovered around 70 degrees on Saturday, Mayor Bill de Blasio pleaded with residents to resist the impulse to gather outdoors. In New Jersey, golf courses reopened on Saturday morning, and Gov. Philip D. Murphy said that early anecdotal reports from state police and parks officials indicated people were maintaining social distance.
Shore Towns Cite Virus
To keep outsiders off their beaches. American taxpayers helped pay for the sand on the Maryland Avenue beach, a popular spot on the New Jersey shore that was devastated by Superstorm Sandy and that has since been rebuilt and maintained with federal money. Slated to reopen in mid-May, the plan was for only residents of Point Pleasant Beach to use it, at least at first. But on Friday afternoon, New Jersey’s governor threw cold water on that plan, which is also being used by some shore towns around the country as they inch back toward resuming normal activities in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak. “A township cannot actually legally restrict folks from outside of their township,” Murphy said. “So that’s not actually within their right to do so.”
Every State’s Rules
For staying at home and social distancing. While some states are beginning to lift stay-at-home orders and allow nonessential businesses to open as the spread of the novel coronavirus has slowed, most of the United States is still in lockdown. COVID-19 has so far killed more than 61,000 people in the U.S. as of April 30. More than a million people nationwide have tested positive. To slow the spread of the coronavirus and save lives by keeping the local health care systems from being overwhelmed, each state has implemented its own set of rules — at different times and at varying limitations. In some states sheltering in place is the law, in others staying home is merely a recommendation.
Hotel Group Will Return Tens of Millions
Coronavirus is making some people rethink where they want to live. The streets of the New York city and many major cities across the US are hauntingly empty as the pandemic leaves most of the country on lockdown. It’s a chilling sign of the times, and one that brings to mind a big question: After the pandemic passes, will some people choose to leave big-city life behind? That trend was already starting to emerge in some parts of the country, even before coronavirus hit. Now the pandemic is changing the way we talk about life in big cities. And some experts say it could change who opts to live in them. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo hasn’t minced words when he describes the reasons he sees for the rapid spread of the virus. “It’s very simple,” the governor said. “It’s about density. It’s about the number of people in a small geographic location allowing that virus to spread. Dense environments are its feeding grounds.”
Everything we know about unemployment benefits during the coronavirus pandemic. More than 30 million Americans filed for unemployment insurance in March and April as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Restaurants, bars, nail salons, and scores of other nonessential businesses were ordered to close their doors to curb the spread of the pathogen. It sparked a wave of mass layoffs that erased a decade of record job creation after the Great Recession. The speed and ferocity of the economic collapse prompted the passage of the CARES Act in late March, the largest rescue package in American history. Among its provisions, the $2 trillion stimulus law added $600 to weekly unemployment payouts and expanded eligibility to freelancers.
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New restaurant industry survey. Beginning next Wednesday, May 6th, Bielat Santore & Company will conduct a survey of restaurant owners and operators throughout the NY-NJ-PA metropolitan area, emphasizing the challenges the industry is facing during COVID-19 pandemic.
The firm will donate $1 dollar for every valid survey response it receives to the Independent Restaurant Coalition (IRC). The Independent Restaurant Coalition was formed to save the local restaurants affected by COVID-19. “Our firm is committed to working with the active community of restauranteurs and hospitality operators, many of whom are our clients, to help with the rescue and reopening of their industry,” states Richard Santore, Partner in Bielat Santore & Company.
Look for the survey to appear in next Wednesday’s Restaurant Industry Daily Alert, as well as on the company’s website at www.123bsc.com/news/ and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/123BSC/ In addition to the company’s monetary donation, if enough survey responses are submitted, Bielat Santore & Company will publish a comprehensive report compiling the results of the survey for distribution.
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