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    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Republicans at the Minnesota State Capitol seek to strip Gov. Tim Walz of his executive authority over school openings and activities during the pandemic in their latest proposal to limit his emergency powers. One of Walz’s orders forces schools to follow the state’s “safe learning plan” benchmarks. Districts can change their plans, but they have to work within the state’s guidelines and get approval — except for elementary schools, which as of mid-January can offer in-person learning without prior approval so long as they follow mitigation strategies. RELATED: Legislative Auditor: MN Pollution Control Agency Did Not Inspect Water Gremlin As Often As It Should “When the governor starts to playing with the dials, he takes all of those options off the table,” said Rep. Ron Kresha, R-Little Falls, during a news conference on Thursday. “We need to start listening.” Proposals from legislative Republicans would take away control from the governor...
    OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- The Oakland Zoo has some early signs of what is sure to be eager, opening crowds when it reopens Wednesday.After California's statewide stay-at-home order was recently lifted, the Oakland Zoo announced it would be requiring tickets to be reserved through its online reservation system.RELATED: Coronavirus California: Map shows which counties can, can't reopen under reopening tiersBut due to months of long-awaited build-up for Bay Area families, the zoo's website has temporarily taken down its ticketing system, blaming a "tremendous response to our reopening" as the reason for technical difficulties with the interface. The Oakland zoo says the webstore will reopen for reservations, Tuesday at noon.RELATED: Bay Area zoos, outdoor attractions welcome back guests after stay-at-home order lifted The Oakland Zoo said all COVID-19 health and safety guidelines are being followed upon reopening on Wednesday, with limited capacity, and face masks required on the zoo grounds at...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Los Angeles County's Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer will be meeting with restaurant owners and employee unions on Wednesday to discuss additional required safety measures.Outdoor dining in Los Angeles County will be allowed to resume on Friday. Pasadena and Long Beach have their own health departments, and patio dining has resumed.L.A. County previously restricted dining to 50% of outdoor capacity and mandated that servers wear both masks and face shields.Ferrer said inspectors will be on the lookout for any violations.It's unclear what the additional measures will be but Ferrer is warning caution around reopening."This would not be the time for people to think because we're reopening, things are looking rosey here in L.A. County. We still have a lot of people in our hospitals. We still have a lot of people passing infections from themselves to others. Many of them are asymptomatic, and unfortunately we'll...
    After Gov. Gavin Newsom made a few big announcements Monday, it was up to Dr. Mark Ghaly to delve into the details.First up are the reopening updates. After Newsom announced the regional stay-at-home orders would be lifting immediately, California counties were thrown back into the color-coded reopening system to govern what can and can't reopen.All but four counties are in the most restrictive, or purple, tier. Newsom hinted that could change, but based on the latest case rates, Ghaly announced Tuesday there would be no changes this week.He said the state was watching a few counties that were trending in a positive direction and could change tiers next week.MAP: CA counties that can, can't reopen under new rulesFor a better experience, click here to view the full map in a new windowPerhaps even more anticipated were Ghaly's update on California's vaccine rollout plan. Gov. Newsom said Monday that after teachers,...
    After Gov. Gavin Newsom made a few big announcements Monday, it was up to Dr. Mark Ghaly to delve into the details.First up are the reopening updates. After Newsom announced the regional stay-at-home orders would be lifting immediately, California counties were thrown back into the color-coded reopening system to govern what can and can't reopen.All but four counties are in the most restrictive, or purple, tier. Newsom hinted that could change, but based on the latest case rates, Ghaly announced Tuesday there would be no changes this week.He said the state was watching a few counties that were trending in a positive direction and could change tiers next week.MAP: CA counties that can, can't reopen under new rulesFor a better experience, click here to view the full map in a new windowPerhaps even more anticipated were Ghaly's update on California's vaccine rollout plan. Gov. Newsom said Monday that after teachers,...
    After Gov. Gavin Newsom made a few big announcements Monday, it's up to Dr. Mark Ghaly to delve into the details. California's Health and Human Services secretary is set to give an update on the state's new vaccine rollout plan and tier changes that affect counties' reopening.We'll be streaming Ghaly's press conference live at noon. Check back to watch and read updates.First up are the reopening updates. After Newsom announced the regional stay-at-home orders would be lifting immediately, California counties were thrown back into the color-coded reopening system to govern what can and can't reopen.All but four counties are in the most restrictive, or purple, tier. But that could change today -- Ghaly is expected to give an update on county tiers based on the latest COVID-19 case rates.MAP: CA counties that can, can't reopen under new rulesFor a better experience, click here to view the full map in a...
    D.C. will not issue any rollbacks on its Phase Two reopening guidelines at this time, and will allow the science of the coronavirus to guide any decisions going forward, Mayor Muriel Bowser said Monday afternoon. As its neighboring jurisdictions in Maryland and Virginia announced their decisions to scale back some of their reopening protocols, Bowser said D.C. will continue to look at its metrics first and the impact with its case load first before making any decisions. “We are happy to see that because they are coming more in line with where we’ve been in the response to the pandemic,” Bowser said. New testing data released before the press conference shows that there were 87 new positive cases in the District but no deaths reported. Of the new cases within the past week, the highest proportion of new cases are among adults between the ages of 25-34. More Coronavirus News...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – With the North Texas economy slowly reopening, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is implementing major changes in bus, rail and GoLink service. Beginning Monday, October 19, the agency will restore service on a group of routes and improve frequencies on others. Seven higher volume bus routes and light rail service will offer 20-minute frequency weekdays until 7 p.m., and 30-minute frequency thereafter; weekend service will remain unchanged. A Western Carrollton GoLink service, which has been operating on a trial basis since May 11, will become permanent, and low ridership routes 27, 42, 155, 210, 211, 385, 585, 840 and 887 will be discontinued, modified or replaced. Sixty-five routes with higher ridership and potential for social distancing concerns, plus the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) , will return to pre-pandemic service levels. Forty-eight routes in the system will remain on their current modified schedules. All of the changes will...
    Montgomery County, Maryland, is not making any substantial changes to its Phase Two guidelines as the rest of the state moves into Phase Three of reopening ahead of the Labor Day weekend. The county, however, will allow live performances to take place in some circumstances. They’ll be allowed in indoor and outdoor restaurants, but dancing and crowding in front the stage will be prohibited. The new guidance on live music will go into effect immediately, according to County Executive Marc Elrich. “Allowing live music with restrictions at restaurants is an example of the cautious steps that we are taking toward reopening, and we will work on appropriate guidance for other live venues beyond what we’re doing for restaurants,” Elrich said in a news release Friday. More Coronavirus News Sign up for WTOP alerts Latest coronavirus test results in DC, Maryland and Virginia Labor Day weekend during a pandemic: Travel,...
    U.S. first lady Melania Trump hosted the official reopening of the White House Rose Garden on Saturday. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence attended the event. “The changes you see tonight are the result of a thoughtful and collaborative process carefully crafted with the help of scholars and experts in architecture, horticulture, design, and historic preservation,” said the first lady, who is scheduled Tuesday to deliver her Republican National Convention speech from the garden. “The Rose Garden layout we have all come to know and treasure was designed during the [former U.S. President John F.] Kennedy administration by Bunny Mellon,” she said. “For 60 years, this space has served as the backdrop for many important events. The garden has also served as a peaceful outdoor escape for many administrations and their guests.” The late Mellon was a famed American horticulturalist and philanthropist. The revamping of the garden includes...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City By Katarina Avendaño Since the start of the pandemic, we had all turned to virtual museum activities and videos to see our favorite exhibits and galleries. Now that Cuomo has given the green light for museums and other cultural institutions to reopen, they are gearing up to welcome us back in. Like most establishments that have reopened in the past months, everything has a new “normal,” and the same goes for these museums. Before you make your way to see your favorite gallery, take a look at these museum guidelines so that you can be fully informed and prepared when arriving. Be sure to also check the museum’s website for additional information on their policies and for any changes before visiting. Museum of Ice Cream The Museum of Ice Cream just...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The tsunami of news about the coronavirus outbreak, reopenings and school classes starting can be overwhelming. To help you navigate through what you need to know here’s a news roundup of the top coronavirus and reopening-related stories from the last 24 hours. Walnut Creek Businesses Get Welcome Boost from City Program WALNUT CREEK — Calicraft Brewing Co. founder Blaine Landberg didn’t expect much support from Walnut Creek officials when he proposed reopening his taproom in the Shadelands neighborhood before the pandemic had subsided. “I was expecting a bunch of red tape,” Landberg said. Instead, the two-month old Walnut Creek Rebound program helped him stay solvent. In consultation with the Downtown Business Association, the Chamber of Commerce and other local groups, city officials launched Rebound in June to help restaurants and small businesses weather the pandemic by moving outside. The program offers restaurants and retailers the opportunity to expand...
    BOSTON (CBS) – The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has sent a new letter to superintendents suggesting how the state’s new color-coded coronavirus map should play a role in school reopening decisions. The change could have a late impact on what districts and charter schools across Massachusetts decide to do in September. Their final fall reopening plans are due to be filed with the state on Friday. Many are debating between a hybrid model or going fully remote. Governor Charlie Baker unveiled the color coded map Tuesday identifying community risk with the colors red, yellow, green and white, with red being the highest risk and white the lowest. According to a letter from Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley sent to school leaders after Baker’s announcement, red would mean remote learning for a town, yellow a hybrid version and green and white would be full time, in-person classes for students,...
    Mac scales back. The Star Tribune’s Ryan Faircloth reports: “Macalester College announced Monday it will scale back its fall reopening in favor of starting the semester remotely. … School officials said the change was made in response to rising COVID-19 infection rates in the state. Macalester will also limit the number of students who can live in dormitories and test all students for COVID-19 upon their arrival to campus. … The St. Paul private college is among the first higher education institutions in Minnesota to roll back its reopening plan. Most Minnesota colleges are planning to offer a mix of online and in-person classes this fall.” Also in the Star Tribune, Jean Hopfensperger reports: “Twin Cities musician David Haas, one of the best-known music composers in the Catholic Church nationally, has been accused of sexual misconduct toward multiple young women who studied with him over the years. … Composer, performer...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Sumner Elementary School in Austin is one of the first schools in the state to reopen for the new year. Students at this public school have been in class for two weeks. Right now, based on the amount of COVID cases in Mower County, schools can have in-person elementary learning and hybrid for secondary. WCCO’s Marielle Mohs traveled about two hours south of the Twin Cities to see how this school is implementing safety changes — what’s working and what’s not. Recess is the only time during the school day these 1st through 4th graders get to be mask free. “At recess, they’re allowed to take it off and have a little bit of a break,” teacher, Alyssa Bachman said. Alyssa Bachman teaches fourth grade at Sumner elementary. She said so far her students are complying very well to all the new safety changes. “They’re so willing...
    LONG ISLAND (WABC) -- As reopening across New York continues and enters different phases, LIRR and Metro-North are making adjustments to service.Face coverings are required for all customers and employees.Metro-North RailroadMetro-North is increasing service on the Harlem, Hudson, and New Haven lines as ridership increases during the region's reopening.West of the Hudson, Pascack Valley and Port Jervis lines have resumed regular service. Note that peak fares will be in effect during peak times.East of Hudson, Metro-North continues to increase service. Off-peak fares are in effect.Metro-North is closely monitoring ridership on a train-by-train basis to be ready to make additional adjustments.Metro-North station ambassadors will continue to be at major stations distributing masks and monitoring conditions. Metro-North is continuing to install hand sanitizer dispensers at all New York and many Connecticut stations. Masks are stored on all trains in the event that a person boards without wearing one.For updates, please visit mta.info/coronavirus/metro-north-service.Long...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — With some much up in the air right now, one thing is for sure: back to school will look very different in 2020. Parents are spending time filling out district surveys, instead of shopping for the usual notebooks and book bags. If you’re a parent of school-aged children, rest assured, you’re not the only one feeling confused. The problem is that school districts need to look ahead to the new few months, but local and state health departments are taking things day by day. A local mother, Kelly Hessert, said what a lot of parents are thinking. “I honestly don’t even know where we’re at with this — to be honest. Like I have no idea what they want to do,” Hessert said. As a mother of a 12 year old and a 9 year old, she keeps checking Facebook, the new spot for...
    Only a small minority of Americans support reopening schools this fall with little or no changes, according to a new survey that comes as states grapple with what form schooling will take amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Eight percent support reopening K-12 schools with no changes, and 14 percent support reopening with “minor adjustments,” according to the Associated Press/NORC poll released Wednesday. Another 46 percent say schools should be only be opened after “major adjustments,” and 31 percent say schools should not be reopened at all. The results of the poll split along partisan lines, with only 6 percent of Democrats saying schools should reopen with no or minor changes and 43 percent of Republicans saying the same. Still, a majority of Republicans — 57 percent — said schools should only open with major adjustments or not at all.  At the same time, 56 percent of respondents say they are “extremely” or “very” concerned that...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Officials with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency have announced that several bus lines that have been out of service since March due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the business shutdown will be returning in August. A modified Muni Metro service will also be restored. Transit officials said the lines being restored include 7-Haight-Noriega, 37-Corbett, 45-Union Stockton, 48-Quintara, and 67-Bernal Heights. Lines being extended include 12-Pacific Community Shuttle, 30-Stockton, 44-O’Shaugnessy, and 54-Felton. In addition to those changes, weekend service along 28-19th Avenue line will be added, while 60-foot buses will replace 40-foot buses along the 49-Van Ness-Mission line. Muni will also improve frequency along several lines, reducing wait times for riders. Those lines include 8-Bayshore, 9-San Bruno, 9R San Bruno Rapid, 12-Pacific Community Shuttle, 14-Mission, 19-Polk, 22-Fillmore, 24-Divisadero, 25-Treasure Island, 28-19th Avenue, 29-Sunset, 43-Masonic, and 44-O’Shaughnessy. Last month, Muni officials first announced that Metro...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New York City moves into Phase 4 of the reopening process Monday with some changes.Similar to Phase 3 eliminating indoor dining two weeks ago, Phase 4 will include some scale backs as well.All four zoos (Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, and Prospect Park Zoo) will be open to guests starting on Friday, July 24. Indoor exhibits will not be re-opening at this time.EMBED More News Videos Diana Rocco says that malls and movie theaters will not reopen in NYC's Phase 4. On July 20-23, zoos will be open to Wildlife Conservation Society members only.One-third of the normal crowds will be allowed at the zoos.Social distancing signs will be up throughout the zoo, which are mostly outdoors, as a reminder for people to keep distance from each other.Liberty Island will also reopen with some new rules.Professional sports are back, but there are no fans...
    Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced changes in the way health officials will monitor the spread of the coronavirus and warned that restrictions could be re-implemented if cases increase. According to the latest state figures, over a 14-day period the average number of new cases experienced a slight increase since Illinois entered Phase 4 of its reopening plan. The governor said that the number of tests administered also increased significantly and that despite the July 8-14, the state recorded a slight increase in the infection rate (3.1%), compared to neighboring states, Illinois has the lowest infection rate in the region. Despite this, Pritzker says it is time to act and continue to adhere to sanitation protocols, wear face masks, social distancing, and frequent hand washing. Meanwhile, Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, said that during the summer some areas of the state...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New York City moves into phase four of the reopening process Monday with some changes.Similar to phase three eliminating indoor dining two weeks ago, phase four will include those sort of scale backs as well.Zoos will open like everything else with reduced capacity. One-third of the normal crowds will be allowed in tomorrow at Central Park Zoo, Bronx Zoo and the others citywide.Social distancing signs will be up throughout the zoo, which are mostly outdoors, as a reminder for people to keep distance from each other.The reopening of the NY Aquarium will be postponed until further guidance from the state.Phase 4 also means some TV production can start up again along with higher education activities. Professional sports will resume without fans, but museums, movie theaters and malls have to wait. Courts and indoor dining also remains on pause.Alternate Side Parking also resumes this week, but...
    New York (CNN Business)The head of the union representing 43,000 Walt Disney World service workers said that Disney "has to get it right" in regard to its phased Florida reopening Saturday. Matt Hollis, who leads the Services Trades Council Union, told CNN that Disney was responding with robust measures to protect employees following worries over safety. He acknowledges that there will likely be cases of coronavirus in the park, but he is confident that the company will do the contact tracing necessary to stop the spread.Most important to Hollis is ensuring that any infected worker is encouraged to provide names of contacts, and that those contacts can stay home with pay. That's part of the reason it was important for the company to grant any worker who needs to quarantine two weeks of full pay, which Hollis says the company has promised to do. On Tuesday, the company's parks chief...
    Walt Disney World cast members will play the role of guests to test out Disney’s coronavirus safety features ahead of reopening this week.  On Tuesday and Wednesday Disney is holding a cast member preview at the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom for thousands of staffers to test run the new features themselves. On Thursday and Friday annual passholders will get the chance to visit the parks before those Disney World attractions officially open on Saturday. Disney’s Hollywood studios and Epcot will reopen on July 15.   All Disney parks were shuttered in mid-March.  Disney World will host cast preview days on Tuesday and Wednesday for staff to test out the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom's new coronavirus safety measures ahead of reopening Saturday. A view of Magic Kingdom above  The Animal Kingdom and Magical Kingdom, which have been closed since March, will officially reopen to the public on Saturday...
    JACKSON, N.J. (CBS) — Friday’s hot weather did not stop thrill-seekers from flocking back for Six Flags Great Adventure’s reopening. Season pass holders and members were welcomed back Friday with significant changes made in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Coronavirus precautions have changed a lot at Great Adventure, but one thing that remains the same? The long lines. First things first, everyone gets a temperature check. “It kind of looked like I was walking into a space station with a giant thing aimed at me,” Tristan Souza said. REOPENING GUIDE: Current COVID-19 Guidelines for Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware Not everyone is happy with all of the changes. “It’s really [thumbs down] in my book,” Anthony Fuschino said. “I don’t like it.” And like always, lines galore. “We’re going in the fast pass line because there’s a two-hour wait right now for Nitro,” Constance Licata said. Even in...
    CROWN POINT, Ind. (WLS) -- A northwest Indiana water park is finally starting its season after delays due to COVID-19.Deep River Water Park in Crown Point has reopened for the 2020 season this week."We're glad to be back," said Sasha Mateer, of the Lake County Parks and Recreation Department. "We're glad to be open and offer our community something to do."Deep River set a target date for its reopening once Gov. Eric Holcomb's "Back on Track" plan advanced to Stage 4, but changes are in place at the water park.Some of the rides remain closed, and capacity is at 50%. Customers must make online reservations, and there are no day-of ticket sales."Definitely a different look for us this year," Mateer said.As one of the few water parks in the Chicago area to reopen, its customers say they're thankful. Many said they noticed the changes, which include more sanitation stations and...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Cinemark has changed the reopening dates for its Pittsburgh-area theaters amid the coronavirus pandemic. On its website, Cinemark says the Cinemark Robinson Township and XD, along with the Cinemark North Hills and XD, will now reopen July 24. They were originally slated to reopen July 3 Cinemark is also now saying it does not have a reopening date for the theaters in Erie, Monaca or Monroeville. Click here for more.
    DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– Libraries in Douglas County reopened to readers on Monday morning. During the reopening phase, there are some precautions in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus. (credit: Douglas County Library) The library is offering modified services and appointments are needed in certain cases, including access to archives and local history. (credit: Douglas County Library) Visitors can expect to see plastic sheeting as barriers throughout the building and modifications to keep distance. (credit: Douglas County Library)
    Moviegoers will have to wait a little bit longer to return to AMC Theatres. The largest movie theater chain in the U.S. has pushed back its reopening date by two weeks. The company had previously announced plans to resume operations on July 15. That has now been delayed to July 30. The move comes as a couple of key factors have converged. First off, public health concerns have taken center stage as states have reopened. The situation has once again escalated, which has complicated matters for businesses that require gathering large groups of people together. Secondly, both Mulan and Tenet have been pushed back by two weeks. With those blockbusters not hitting theaters, it will likely be difficult to drum up enough business. Adam Aron, CEO & President of AMC Theatres, had this to say in a statement. RELATED: Disney’s Mulan Release Date Gets Delayed Yet Again “We continue to...
    ANAHEIM (CBSLA) — Disneyland union workers are set to take to the streets Saturday morning to call for changes to plans for the resort’s reopening, which was delayed indefinitely this week. The morning car caravan protest is organized by a coalition of resort labor unions representing around 17,000 workers at Disneyland, which has remained shuttered for three months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Although negotiations between the unions and Disneyland are ongoing, the resort has not yet agreed to the reopening conditions asked for by the unions. The labor coalition’s proposals center around testing guidelines, higher staffing levels to accomplish deeper cleaning requirements, electrostatic cleaning of rooms, and guarantees that managers will enforce CDC guidelines. Disneyland was scheduled to reopen on July 17 for its 65th year anniversary, but announced this week that it was postponing it because the state of California has not yet released its requirements for opening...
    With Connecticut now in Phase 2 of its reopening plan, gyms and fitness centers are once again permitted to open their doors to patrons, though it could be a different experience for gym rats eager to get back to hitting the weights. As of Wednesday, June 17, 95 percent of Connecticut businesses - including gyms - were permitted to reopen as the state recovers from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, albeit under strict restrictions set forth by Gov. Ned Lamont and his Reopening Committee. In Connecticut, gyms will only be permitted to reach limited capacities, while staff and patrons must wear face coverings, and sanitize machines after use. Employees at fitness centers have also been designated to emphasize sanitizing and disinfecting buildings and equipment while enforcing social distancing. According to reports, there were lines out the doors at some Connecticut gyms early on Wednesday morning as fitness buffs sought to...
    Like other businesses, sports halls of fame are planning to reopen with new cleaning and other procedures to help combat the spread of the coronavirus. A look at some of their plans: ___ World Golf Hall of Fame St. Augustine, Florida Reopened: May 18 What’s changed: Guests are given a Hall of Fame stylus they can use for interactive displays that involve touch screens. ___ Pro Football Hall of Fame Canton, Ohio Reopened: June 10 What’s changed: The cafe is closed. ___ National Soccer Hall of Fame Frisco, Texas Reopened: June 10. What’s changed: Only one group will be allowed at an interactive exhibit at a time. ___ International Tennis Hall of Fame Newport, Rhode Island Planned reopening: June 18 What’s changed: The hall’s grass tennis courts have reopened but players can no longer rent rackets or store their own at the club. ...
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