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How to Use an Elevator Without Getting the Coronavirus

Elevators are generally far more convenient than going up and down the stairs, but today – in the age of the coronavirus – each ride appears fraught with peril.
While the first known elevators were likely designed and built by Archimedes, a modern passenger elevator was first built in 1793 by Ivan Kubilin and installed in the Winter Palace or Зимний дворец in St. Petersburg.
Fast forward to 1852, when Elisha Otis …

Coronavirus Update: Cases Approach 5 Million, N.Y.C. Close to Reopening, Japan is in a Recession

Coronavirus Update: Cases Approach 5 Million, N.Y.C. Close to Reopening, Japan is in a Recession

IN BRIEF
New York City’s mayor said the city may meet the criteria to begin to reopen the economy there in the first half of June.
Joseph La Lima, a barber in Kingston, New York, who defied the state’s lockdown measures and continued to cut hair from the back of his shop, may have infected over a dozen people, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo.  The Ulster County district attorney’s office has launched …

Coronavirus Update: Cases Hit 4.5 Million, Talking Can Propel the Virus, Grocery Prices Rise

Coronavirus Update: Cases Hit 4.5 Million, Talking Can Propel the Virus, Grocery Prices Rise

IN BRIEF
A new study suggests that respiratory droplets produced during normal conversation may be just as important in transmitting the novel coronavirus and other infectious pathogens, especially indoors.  The study was conducted by researchers at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and the University of Pennsylvania.
In the United States, grocery prices saw their sharpest increase in nearly 50 years as food suppliers continue to struggle to …

Japan Restricts Travel from 13 Additional Countries Including Mexico Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak

Japan Restricts Travel from 13 Additional Countries Including Mexico Amidst  Coronavirus Outbreak

Just as the Japanese government is seeking to ease domestic travel restrictions, it announced Tuesday it has expanded the list of countries that visitors to the Land of the Rising Sun cannot have set foot in within the two-week period prior to arriving in Japan.
The list adds 13 nations, including five South and Central American countries that include Colombia, Mexico, and Uruguay.
The country first declared a nationwide state of emergency …

Southwest Tries to Boost Travel Amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic with One-Month Fare Sale

Southwest Tries to Boost Travel Amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic with One-Month Fare Sale

Promising elevated levels of cleaning and enhanced social distancing, Southwest Airlines announced a month-long sale on airfares effective Tuesday.
“We’re all eager to move again in a new chapter that feels more familiar,” said Ryan Green, the airline’s chief marketing officer in a statement.
The airline is offering fares between $49 and $99 for one-way flights to many U.S. destinations. Examples include a $99 fare for travel between Dallas and New York …

Broadway Theaters to Remain Closed Through at Least September 6

Broadway Theaters to Remain Closed Through at Least September 6

Broadway theaters will remain shuttered for at least four more months.
The Broadway League, the trade association representing the industry’s 41 theaters, issued a statement Tuesday morning saying that its theaters would remain closed until at least September 6, 2020.  The previously announced reopening date was June 7.
“While all Broadway shows would love to resume performances as soon as possible, we need to ensure the health and well-being of everyone who …

With Broadway Shuttered, ‘Moulin Rouge,’ ‘Jagged Little Pill’ Lead 2020 Outer Critics Circle Awards

The 2020 Outer Critics Circle award honorees were announced Tuesday in an online video.  In the past, nominations were announced in the storied Oak Room in New York City’s Algonquin Hotel, and this year’s announcement was – prior to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic which resulted in the closing of New York City and West End theaters – slated to be held at Lincoln Center.
For the truncated 2019-2020 …