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‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Closes, Another Casualty of the Pandemic

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Closes, Another Casualty of the Pandemic

The play “To Kill a Mockingbird,” a stage adaptation of the highly regarded Harper Lee novel, won’t reopen after pressing pause in January of this year.
The hit Broadway show closed temporarily twice due to the pandemic, the first time when Broadway theaters were shuttered in March 2020.  It reopened in October of 2021 at its original home, the Shubert Theater, and closed for a second time in January of this …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 13: ComicCon to Require Masks and Vaccine Pass, Shanghai’s Heat Wave

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – July 13: ComicCon to Require Masks and Vaccine Pass, Shanghai’s Heat Wave

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 825th day of the pandemic.
Sometimes people do things that make eminent sense, in an age where the headlines are filled with, well, nonsense instead.  The San Diego Comic-Con will open its doors to attendees on Thursday with over 130,000 attendees expected at the indoor event.
This will be the first Comic-Con …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 25: Shanghai Declares Victory Over Covid, Congress Passes Bill Giving Kids Free Meals

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 25: Shanghai Declares Victory Over Covid, Congress Passes Bill Giving Kids Free Meals

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 807th day of the pandemic.
Here’s a look at what has taken place over the past 24 hours.
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Both houses of Congress passed a bill that would extend free meals and other food assistance to children and the legislation now awaits the president’s signature.  The Keep Kids Fed Act was passed …

Broadway Said ‘Masks Off’ But Not All Theaters or Stars Apparently Got the Memo – or Agree With the Change

Broadway Said ‘Masks Off’ But Not All Theaters or Stars Apparently Got the Memo – or Agree With the Change

The Broadway League may have announced earlier in June that all 41 Broadway theaters would drop mask mandates starting July 1 of this year but, as it turned out, the united front that the organization, which represents theater owners, claimed to have was not in fact fully united.
Unlike when the group announced, in the spring, that just some theaters would end the requirement at the end of May to present …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 22: Start of Summer Brings New Covid Wave in Europe, New York Downgrades Alert Level

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 22: Start of Summer Brings New Covid Wave in Europe, New York Downgrades Alert Level

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 804th day of the pandemic
Observant readers will have noticed the now daily and significant increases in new cases in the European countries we track, as the new omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 take hold throughout the continent.  The rising numbers raise fears of a new global wave of the virus …

Broadway Theaters to End Face Mask Mandate at End of Month

Broadway theaters will end a requirement for theater patrons to don face masks when attending performances, adopting what, without a hint of irony, it termed a “mask optional” policy.
The Broadway League, the group that represents theater owners, said that the policy would remain in force until at least July 31, 2022 and said that the group would continue to “monitor the science,” adding that, if necessary, the mask policy would …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 16: Dr. Fauci Tests Positive, Mick Jagger Recovering, Cases Surge in Alaska

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 16: Dr. Fauci Tests Positive, Mick Jagger Recovering, Cases Surge in Alaska

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 798th day of the pandemic.
It was bound to happen.
On Wednesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease specialist, tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Fauci was “experiencing mild symptoms,” the National Institutes of Health said in a statement.  He has been one of the more prudent individuals in taking precautions …