When will bars and restaurants reopen? Here are the 12 steps the CDC says businesses should follow

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The CDC has released a road map of sorts for the safe reopening of bars and restaurants. According to a recent Morning Consult poll, only 22% of Americans would feel comfortable eating out at a restaurant in the next month based on what they know today about the coronavirus pandemic. While that is an increase from the 9% who said the same thing in early April, it still indicates that food-service establishments will face significant challenges as states begin to gradually ease their lockdown restrictions. Read Full Story

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I’m a former superintendent. Here’s what really worries me about reopening schools

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Schools and classrooms attended by low-income students of color could become epicenters of a second wave of pandemic. Here’s why. Classrooms, gyms, and cafeterias at schools across the U.S. have remained empty for months now. And despite some districts beginning to reopen , many others will remain closed amid fears that prematurely restarting in-person classes could cost more lives in the pandemic . Read Full Story

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How one resourceful NYC theater produced new musicals safely in a bubble during the summer of COVID-19

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Smaller theaters have a mandate to discover and nurture emerging talent. Some aren’t waiting until the pandemic ends to fulfill it. The shutdown of live theaters due to the COVID-19 pandemic is now stretching into its ninth month, and even by the most conservative estimates, indoor venues won’t be able to reopen until the middle of next year. The unprecedented work stoppage has been devastating to the theater industry, from the biggest Broadway houses to the smallest black boxes. Read Full Story

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Is it safe to stay in a hotel, cabin, or rental home yet?

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People are itching to get away as cities and states open up. What do you need to know? After nearly three months of quarantine, millions of Americans are ready to travel—an overnight trip, a weekend getaway, a summer sojourn. With states reopening, that’s now possible, with a caveat. Before the coronavirus, few people likely thought twice about staying in a hotel room, rental home, or cabin in the woods. But now, we have to factor in the potential for coronavirus exposure. Even if you’re okay with the travel risks taking you to your destination—plane, train, or automobile—what about the risks of the destination spot itself? Read Full Story

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