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Why Enclosed Outdoor Dining is as Risky as Indoor Dining

Since the start of the pandemic, readers of this magazine have seen stories with headlines that included “Why Indoor Dining is So Risky” and “How to Dine Outdoors Safely.” As outdoor temperatures in many parts of the world begin to fall, and restaurateurs who are only permitted outdoor dining adapt their al-fresco ad hoc dining rooms to compensate, dining under the stars may end up being as risky as dining in …

Los Angeles Adopts Strict Stay-at-Home Order as Virus Cases Surge

Los Angeles Adopts Strict Stay-at-Home Order as Virus Cases Surge

Health officials in Los Angeles County issued a temporary and limited stay-at-home order that goes into effect Monday, as the number of new coronavirus infections continued to rise in the region.
“Residents are advised to stay home as much as possible and always wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when they are outside their household and around others,” the county Department of Health said in a statement.
The county’s …

Disney to Lay Off an Additional 4,000 Workers Amidst $6.9 Billion Loss

Disney to Lay Off an Additional 4,000 Workers Amidst $6.9 Billion Loss

Walt Disney Company said it will lay off an additional 4,000 employees in addition to the 28,000 announced last September as it announced a $6.9 billion loss for fiscal year 2020.
The action comes as theme parks continue to face significant operational restrictions in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
The pandemic has caused some Disney parks, such as Disneyland in Anaheim, to remain shuttered while others such as Walt Disney World …

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 23: Oxford/Astra Zeneca Vaccine 90% Effective, L.A. Suspends Outdoor Dining

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 23: Oxford/Astra Zeneca Vaccine 90% Effective, L.A. Suspends Outdoor Dining

Just as the world hit 59 million cases, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut crossed a collective milestone over the weekend that few wish to cross: The tri-state area recorded its one millionth positive coronavirus case.  Earlier in the month, Texas, followed by California, crossed that milestone.
The number of new reported daily cases in the United States was 141,648.  The nation has seen a 54% increase over the past 14 …

The Riskiest and Safest Places to Be in the United States on Thanksgiving

Aside from a few areas that are so remote they might serve as their own NBA bubble that fended off the novel coronavirus as long as they could, the coronavirus has left no stone unturned, no county untouched.  Indeed, only one county in the United States is virus free.
That county, Kalawao County in Hawaii, is where the Kalaupapa settlement is located on the island of Molokai.  The settlement dates back …

California Imposes Overnight Curfew to Stem Spread of Covid-19

California Imposes Overnight Curfew to Stem Spread of Covid-19

As the number of coronavirus cases in the state seemingly spiraled out of control, Governor Gavin Newsome announced an overnight stay-at-home order for much of California, saying it was “crucial” to act now.
The state’s Department of Public Health issued an order that prohibits most non-essential activity outside the home from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. in the 40+ counties in the state’s purple tier, the strictest tier of California’s road …

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 17: In U.S., Lockdowns from Atlantic to Pacific, U.K. PM in Quarantine

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 17: In U.S., Lockdowns from Atlantic to Pacific, U.K. PM in Quarantine

As infections soar from coast to coast in the United States, efforts to revive local economies have largely been put on hold.  New infections are mounting in many cases as fast as in the pandemic’s earliest days.
Early data shows that the coronavirus vaccine from pharmaceutical house Moderna is 94.5% effective.  Moderna is the second drugmaker to report an apparently successful vaccine: Pfizer last week said its vaccine was over 90% …