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Finally, a pedicure? Nail salons get OK to reopen as counties move tiers 

Sunshine Nails Salon owner Anthony Mai gives Lee Rolfe, 63, of Palm Springs a pedicure inside the salon in Palm Springs, Calif., on July 9, 2020.
Sunshine Nails Salon owner Anthony Mai gives Lee Rolfe, 63, of Palm Springs a pedicure inside the salon in Palm Springs, Calif., on July 9, 2020.

Coronavirus is slowing in the Golden State, and that means you might be able to get a manicure soon. On Tuesday, the state announced its weekly revisions to its color-coded COVID-19 reopening rubric, and five more counties moved from the most-restrictive “purple tier” the red tier:  Alameda, Riverside, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo and Solano counties progressed, joining 18

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Movie Theaters Cleared To Reopen As Coronavirus Cases Surge

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MD — Anne Arundel movie theaters and performance venues can reopen next week, County Executive Steuart Pittman announced Friday afternoon. These businesses may unlock their doors at 9 a.m. on Sept. 25.

Indoor venues may open at 50 percent capacity or 100 people-per-auditorium, whichever is less. This limit is broken down by each hall, not by each building. In theory, the whole movie theater could have more than 100 customers inside. Each auditorium, however, may not exceed 100 viewers at a time.

Outdoor locations also face a capacity cap of 50 percent or 100 patrons, whichever is less. Both indoor and outdoor theaters must institute appropriate health and safety protocols, Pittman’s order mandates.

The announcement comes two weeks after most of the state entered the third and final stage of coronavirus recovery. Gov. Larry Hogan gave jurisdictions permission to move into this last phase starting Sept. 4,

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‘Normal living’ will come months after vaccine, Fauci says; Florida bars to re-open at half-capacity

On the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, Americans are struggling with feelings of safety once again as another American is diagnosed with the coronavirus every 2.45 seconds.

While a race to a vaccine is widely considered the only path back to a pre-pandemic way of life, Dr. Anthony Fauci cautioned that a safe and effective vaccine will not immediately bring back normalcy.

A return to “normal living” — life without masks and physical distancing, where people can go to a movie or a large gathering without fear of becoming infected with COVID-19 — won’t come until “several months” after a vaccine first arrives, Fauci, said on CNN.

The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said infection rates need to drop dramatically, something expected after the months-long logistical nightmare of manufacturing hundreds of millions of vaccines and distributing them.

Meanwhile, most state case counts

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Florida bars to re-open at half-capacity; adults with COVID-19 more likely to have dined out

On the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, Americans are struggling with feelings of safety once again as another American is diagnosed with the coronavirus every 2.45 seconds.

Most state case counts and deaths, with the exception of Wisconsin, are improving across the nation, but deaths are still more than a third higher than they were at the beginning of July. America has been averaging about 35,000 cases per day. 

In Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards said he will ease restrictions on public gatherings beginning Friday but a face mask mandate will stay in place. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, however, said she will not ease the city’s guidelines on public gatherings after a troublesome Labor Day weekend that included dozens of reported violations.

Meanwhile, in New York City, transit commuters will face a $50 fine beginning Monday if they refuse to wear a face mask. But, in Florida,

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Here’s What Would Happen If Schools Didn’t Reopen For a Full Year

The pandemic is making this the strangest start to a school year of a lifetime. Nothing’s for certain with America’s school openings. It’s up to states — and in many cases different school districts — to decide to open their doors. And with so much we don’t know about COVID-19, it’s a toss-up whether schools that open will stay open.

Unfortunately, this ambiguity about schools and safety isn’t temporary. In New Jersey and New York State, for instance, where COVID hit early and hard, infection rates and hospitalizations have eased enough to make it seem like the worst may be over. But COVID-19 is spiking in Europe, sparking fears of a second wave. Questions linger about children and the transmission of the virus. If something big, new, and bad happens, schools won’t stay open long.

It’s not a fun mental exercise, but we wondered: What would happen if schools

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Westfield Schools Reopen Tuesday; Town Updates Coronavirus Stats

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield schools open Tuesday. There were no major updates to the reopening plan in the last few days, and it’s largely remained unchanged much from a month ago. Some students will alternate days in the buildings while others will learn remotely.

On Friday, Mayor Shelley Brindle sent out an update saying Westfield had reported four new coronavirus cases since Tuesday, bringing the total of resident cases to 368 since the first reported case in March.

Two of the reported cases were traced to college students who are out of state, she said.

“The Board of Health continues to work with the schools to provide guidance documents to help ensure a successful transition,” Brindle wrote. “They have also been working with the retail food establishments to help prepare them for indoor dining. I am extremely grateful for the ongoing work and diligence of Megan Avallone and her

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30 college towns that could face economic ruin if schools don’t reopen or have to close again this fall

Montana State University
Montana State University

Classes begin for fall semester at Montana State University on August 17, 2020 in Bozeman, Montana.

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  • Some college students are returning to campus for their fall semester.

  • Whether universities decide to have in-person classes or a hybrid model, college towns where students usually make up a large share of the town’s population may be greatly affected.

  • Business Insider decided to look at colleges that have a large number of undergraduates to determine which towns may be most economically vulnerable during the upcoming school year.  

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Some college students across the country have already started their fall semesters, whether it be in-person or online. As some students choose to take online courses or are not interested in returning to college, this can affect the economy of towns dependent on college students.  

Many colleges closed and transitioned to remote learning

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Fauci Names States at Risk; N.Y. Malls Can Reopen: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) — Anthony Fauci, the U.S.’s top infectious disease expert, named seven states most at risk of a jump in Covid-19 cases if they fail to take precautions over the Labor Day weekend. New York malls can reopen at half capacity. Arizona cases surged.

Thailand reported its first locally transmitted case after a streak of 100 days without community infection, while India performed a record 1.17 million daily tests. Israel proposed a lockdown on 600,000 people in the areas hardest hit by the virus.

In Europe, fresh signs emerged that an economic rebound is flagging. Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline Plc administered their experimental vaccines to patients for the first time in preparation for late-stage trials before year-end.

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NYC to do ’virtual inspections’ of gyms set to reopen this Wednesday

The city is giving a tech-y touch to its efforts to keep gyms safe as they begin to reopen this Wednesday.

The Health Department will conduct “virtual inspections” of gyms to ensure they are following new rules to keep customers and staff safe.

A virtual inspection will consist of a video call between a gym operator and a Health Department worker in which the operator shows their posted safety plan, the site’s supply of face coverings, social distancing markers, cleaning log, supply of soap and paper towels, designated area for pick-ups and deliveries and health screening records.

Gyms that fail inspection will have to close until any problems are fixed.

“We will always encourage New Yorkers to exercise and stay active,” Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi said in a Sunday statement to the Daily News. “But indoor exercise is not without risk. We’re being as innovative as possible with virtual

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Ontario Premier Ford calls U.S. ‘terrible example’ of how to reopen after a pandemic

Yahoo News Canada is committed to providing our readers with the most accurate and recent information on all things coronavirus. We know things change quickly, including some possible information in this story. For the latest on COVID-19, we encourage our readers to consult online resources like Canada’s public health website, World Health Organization, as well as our own Yahoo Canada homepage.

As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians seem to be increasingly concerned about their health and safety.

Currently, there are more than 4,800 active cases of COVID-19 in Canada (with more than 125,000 diagnoses so far) and 9,000 deaths. Nearly 90 per cent of the country’s reported COVID-19 cases have recovered.

Check back for the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in Canada.

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