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Trump pushes state, local leaders to reopen schools in fall

President Donald Trump launched an all-out effort pressing state and local officials to reopen schools this fall, arguing that some are keeping schools closed not because of the risks from the coronavirus pandemic but for political reasons.

“They think it’s going to be good for them politically, so they keep the schools closed,” Trump said Tuesday at a White House discussion on school plans for the fall. “No way. We’re very much going to put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools.”

The White House’s round-table gathered health and education leaders from across the nation who said schools and colleges are ready to open this fall and can do so safely. They argued that the risks of keeping students at home outweigh any risks tied to the coronavirus, saying students need access to meal programs and mental and behavioral health services.

“We want to reopen the schools,”

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School District Opts To Reopen Schools, Make Face Masks Mandatory

TAMPA, FL — The Hillsborough County superintendent of schools has announced that students and staff returning to public schools on Aug. 10 will be required to wear face masks.

After meeting with health officials, business leaders, teachers and school administrators, Superintendent Addison Davis said he believes masks are the best option at this time for keeping students and staff safe from the spread of the coronavirus on campus.

The district will provide three reusable face coverings for each student on the first day of school and three reusable face coverings for each staff member during back-to-school pre-planning.

“The CDC has identified face masks as one of the most effective tools in stopping the spread of COVID-19,” Davis said. “I believe face coverings is the best option we have for providing additional protection for everyone on our campuses.”

He said the county has already acquired 760,000 masks through purchases and donations.

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Republicans Pushed To Reopen The Economy. Now Coronavirus Cases Are Spiking Again.

Republicans repeatedly urged states to lift their lockdown orders, arguing that a gradual return to normal was crucial to the long-term health and stability of the U.S. economy. 

Now, coronavirus infections are surging nationwide, forcing some states to shutter all over again in hopes of containing the spread of a disease that has killed over 120,000 Americans and counting.

“I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 cases a day if this does not turn around, so I am very concerned,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, warned at a Senate hearing on the coronavirus on Tuesday.

Officials in Arizona, Texas, Florida, South Carolina and California are reporting record numbers of new cases each day, attributing the rise mostly to young people who are ignoring safety recommendations. The situation is particularly concerning in Arizona, where health officials are reporting a surge in hospitalizations due

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LI Gym Owner Believes Gyms Should Reopen Under Phase 4

BOHEMIA, NY — A Bohemia gym owner says he should be allowed to open his business after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that gyms may not open in phase 4 recently. On Monday, Cuomo announced that western New York will begin the fourth phase of reopening businesses this week, but Long Island remains in phase 3 since last week.

Under phase 3, indoor restaurant service, nail salons and massage therapists could resume under health guidelines. There is still no word on when Long Island will enter phase 4.

Tristan Phillips, the owner of Primal Revival, says that when he learned that gyms were not going to reopen under phase 4, he was disappointed and frustrated.

“This whole situation has been hard on everyone,” he told Patch. “It has been an unprecedented situation, and I can’t imagine what it must have been like to have to make such large decisions with such

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Newark COVID Reopen Updates: Dining, Shopping And More

NEWARK, NJ — Recovering from the coronavirus shutdown has been a slow process, Newark. But there’s good news: the “new normal” is getting closer.

Newark’s restaurants, stores, businesses and other cultural institutions continue to reawaken from the COVID-19 shutdown that threw a devastating monkey wrench into New Jersey’s economy.

A new wave of adjustments will come when restaurants get the go-ahead to reopen for limited dining indoors on Thursday, July 2.

In addition, several entertainment venues and industries will be allowed to reopen at 25 percent capacity on July 2, including museums, bowling alleys and arcades.

Read More: Gov. Murphy: ‘Hard Dates’ In NJ Coronavirus Reopening Blueprint

In Newark, businesses and local attractions are being graded by color – green, yellow and red – according to their risk levels. See the city’s full reopening plan here.

Catch up on the latest updates in Newark below.

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Schools aim to reopen but have few solutions

With the next academic year less than three months away, and no end in sight to the coronavirus pandemic, school districts face a daunting decision: Reopen the schools they shuttered, or continue to teach students remotely?

Educators across the United States are weighing their options, taking into account the quality of the education they can offer, the need for children to socialize and keeping safety in mind above all else.

So far, a hybrid model that combines some in-person learning and some remote learning has emerged as the most popular proposal for the fall, according to Dan Domenech, the executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, an advocacy organization for the 14,000 superintendents in the U.S.

That could mean a school has as little as 25 percent of its normal capacity in the building at once, which would give students more space for social distancing in their classrooms and

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As Theaters Reopen, Fandango Will Offer New Health and Safety Guidelines for 100+ Chains

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As theaters around the U.S. begin to reopen, rules will vary from chain to chain and location to location — and it might get complicated keeping health and safety procedures straight. Fandango wants to make it easier. The online movie ticket purveyor on Tuesday began rolling out new features on both its app and website, including coronavirus safety information from 100 theater chains. The new resources include social-distance seating maps, a one-stop guide to safety policies, a special search filter to find reopened theaters by location, instructional videos, and much more.

“At Fandango, our mission has always been super-serving fans with their entertainment needs, and we cannot wait to help fans get back the big screen safely and at the right time,” said Fandango President Paul Yanover in an official statement. “It’s a complicated rollout, with various states, cities and counties opening their

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British tourism industry rejoices as hotels and campsites will reopen on July 4

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As of July 4, “most leisure and tourist attractions will reopen if they can do safely,” Boris Johnson has announced, revealing the biggest return of freedoms to Britain since lockdown.

The two-metre rule has been cut to one, in a major boon for pubs and restaurants, which will also be permitted to reopen from July 4. “All hospitality indoors will be limited to table service with minimal staff to customer contact,” he said.

Hotels, holiday apartments, caravan parks and campsites will be allowed to operate, as long as shared facilities are kept clean, as well as cinemas, arcades and theme parks, but swimming pools and spas “need to remain closed for now.”

The news comes as a huge relief for the UK hospitality industry, and for many campsite and holiday park owners, who feared that strict rules surrounding the use of shared facilities such as toilets and

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All NC businesses could soon reopen. Here’s what that may look like in Charlotte

North Carolina soon could enter the final phase of reopening amid the novel coronavirus. Some Charlotte area businesses are ready with safety plans once that is allowed, while at least one vows not to wait much longer to reopen.

Bowlers could see every other lane in use and some movie theater patrons would be required to wear masks. There also will be temperature checks for guests before they hit the gym.

The final phase of the state’s stay-at-home order that would reopen all businesses is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. June 26.

But Gov. Roy Cooper has not decided whether to move to Phase 2.5 or Phase 3 as COVID-19 cases continue to spike. He is expected to disclose his plans in the next few days.

All non-essential N.C. businesses were ordered to close March 17 to stop the coronavirus spread.

Phase 2 started May 22, allowing restaurants, personal

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UCLA to reopen with mainly online classes because of the coronavirus, officials say

A student walks in the courtyard in front of Royce Hall at the UCLA campus in Westwood. <span class="copyright">(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)</span>
A student walks in the courtyard in front of Royce Hall at the UCLA campus in Westwood. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

The vast majority of classes at UCLA this fall will be virtual, with only a small percentage offered on campus, the university announced Monday.

Officials announced the plan in a letter to the community as each university in the 10-campus UC system is likewise preparing to release its own reopening plans. At UCLA, only about 15% to 20% of courses would probably be offered on campus or in a hybrid format, including some that involve laboratory work, performing arts and clinical health fields.

In addition, officials said they will be taking steps to make on-campus housing less dense by prioritizing housing offers based on factors such as financial need and how far away a student’s primary residence is from the Westwood university. Officials said they will also

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