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San Francisco Hotel Helps Fire Refugees

San Francisco Hotel Helps Fire Refugees

A hotel in San Francisco is offering refugees from the fires in the Northern California area a place to go.
The Handlery Union Square Hotel San Francisco, which opened in 1928 as the Hotel Stewart under different owners, was reflagged in 1948 when the Handlery family purchased it that year.
The Stewart billed itself in early ads as ‘Down-Town Close to Everything Worth While.”  An early breakfast menu, likely from the 1930s, …

Amazon Plans Its Own Department Stores, After Putting Several Out of Business

Amazon Plans Its Own Department Stores, After Putting Several Out of Business

Amazon reportedly plans to open several of its own department stores after competing with them for over a decade.
The stores will reportedly sell clothing, electronics, and household items, among other items.
According to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the story, the first two department stores are likely to be in Ohio and California.  The retail spaces will be far smaller in size than a typical department store, perhaps occupying …

San Francisco to Require Full Vaccination Status for Restaurants, Gyms, Is First Major City to Do So

San Francisco to Require Full Vaccination Status for Restaurants, Gyms, Is First Major City to Do So

San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced that the city will require anyone wishing to dine in a restaurant, use a fitness center, or visit an indoor venue such as a museum or theater to be fully vaccinated as of August 20.
Employees of such venues must be fully vaccinated as of October 13.
“Vaccines are our way out of the pandemic, and our way back to a life where we can be …

Coronavirus News Update – August 3: Louisiana and San Francisco Bay Area Institute Mask Mandates

Coronavirus News Update – August 3: Louisiana and San Francisco Bay Area Institute Mask Mandates

Louisiana, seven San Francisco Bay Area counties, and Berkeley will reinstitute face mask mandates this week.  New York City demurred, settling for a strong recommendation to don a mask indoors. The move followed last week’s guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for all people in counties with high or substantial risk of transmission to wear masks in indoor public venues.
The move comes on the heels of last …

Coronavirus News Update – August 1: Demand for Jabs Rises in States with Low Vaccination Rates

Coronavirus News Update – August 1: Demand for Jabs Rises in States with Low Vaccination Rates

Growing numbers of people, in states where low vaccination demand left entire regions susceptible to the current surges in new coronavirus cases, are being vaccinated.
On Friday, the White House said that over half a million individuals were inoculated for the first time, the highest number since July 1.  Moreover, the average number of people receiving their first shots is up 30% on a daily basis over the past week, which …

CDC Issues Updated Indoor Mask Guidelines That Encompass N.Y.C., Los Angeles, as well as Major Covid Hotspots

CDC Issues Updated Indoor Mask Guidelines That Encompass N.Y.C., Los Angeles, as well as Major Covid Hotspots

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued updated face mask guidance late Tuesday.
The new guidance recommends that vaccinated individuals don masks in areas with “substantial” and “high” transmission of the coronavirus, classifications that encompass two-thirds of all U.S. counties.
“In recent days I have seen new scientific data from recent outbreak investigations showing that the Delta variant behaves uniquely differently from past strains of the virus that cause Covid-19,” …

California, N.Y.C., and Veterans Affairs Issue Covid Vaccination Mandates

California, N.Y.C., and Veterans Affairs Issue Covid Vaccination Mandates

California, New York City, and the Department of Veterans Affairs became, on Monday, the first state, city, and federal agency to announce a requirement for coronavirus vaccinations for their employees.
The Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary, Denis McDonough, said that healthcare personnel who work in or visit Veterans Administration facilities or who provide direct care to people that the agency serves would have eight weeks to get the jab.
Meanwhile, officials in …