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LATHAM, N.Y. — Fitness center owners from the Capital Region demonstrated new safety measures put into place in order to safely reopen indoor fitness activities.

They were joined by local elected officials to support their reopening plan. The fitness industry has submitted a safety plan to the State and will always have the health and safety of the public as the top priority. The industry’s mission, even before COVID-19, has always been to enhance the physical and mental health of our clients and remain committed to that mission. 

“Fitness centers across New York State have endured months of uncertainty and lost revenue, with many smaller-scale establishments having to close their doors as a result,” Assemblymember Patricia Fahy (D-Albany) stated. “I’ve recently signed a letter alongside Assembly colleagues that calls for a safe and responsible opening of these establishments, following submission of a thorough reopening plan like the one submitted by

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Rolling Hills leads wave of fitness clubs reopening outdoors

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  • Greg Wright does a weightlifting exercise outdoors in the “Muscle Lawn” at the Rolling Hills Country Club in Novato, Calif. on July 25, 2020. Rolling Hills moved weights and fitness classes outdoors and are practicing social distancing for swimming and tennis due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. (Douglas Zimmerman/Special to the Marin Independent Journal)

  • Members use fitness machines that have been placed outdoors under tents at the Rolling Hills Country Club in Novato, Calif. on July 25, 2020. (Douglas Zimmerman/Special to the Marin Independent Journal)

  • Members use fitness machines that have been placed outdoors under tents at the Rolling Hills Country Club in Novato, Calif. on July 25, 2020. (Douglas Zimmerman/Special to the Marin Independent Journal)

  • Rolling Hills Country Club employee Zinni Rodas sprays spin class cycles with a disinfectant after a class in Novato, Calif. on July 25, 2020. (Douglas Zimmerman/Special to the Marin Independent Journal)

  • Members are able

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After Reopening, This New York City Dentist Is Taking No Chances With Coronavirus

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Dr. Massiah is pleased that he and his team have been using a digital scanner since before the Covid-19 pandemic, since the process is safer than taking dental molds.


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Barron’s and MarketWatch will check in regularly with six entrepreneurs across the U.S. as they confront the challenges of reviving their business amid the Covid-19 crisis.

  • Smiles on the Upper West Side
  • Owner: Dr. Shaun Massiah
  • Location: New York City
  • Employees: 4 total; 1 was laid off for non-coronavirus reasons and Massiah is looking to fill the position
  • Status: Open

In the 18 years Dr. Shaun Massiah has been practicing dentistry, patients have never told him they’re excited to see him. But that changed last month when he fully reopened his practice after he stopped seeing non-emergency patients in March.

“Every single patient of mine says ‘I’m excited

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What Other Countries Can Teach The U.S. About Safely Reopening Schools

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One of the many challenges of reopening classrooms in the United States is that there isn’t much good data, if any, about what could happen. Will in-person learning lead to a jump in the transmission of COVID-19? Will students and teachers get sick? How many? How sick?

There is so much that health officials, teachers, parents and kids will simply be forced to learn in real time. And what works in another population, in another country, may be very different from what works in this population, here. 

“There are so many different ways in which schools have reopened around the world, and it’s hard to put in a capsule to say ‘This is the best way’ or ‘This is potentially something we can replicate,’” said Dr. Ibukun Akinboyo, an assistant professor in the pediatrics department at Duke University School of Medicine.

Yet there is something to be gained by looking

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Reopening plans at UC Berkeley, other campuses fall apart amid coronavirus surge

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A group of students walk through the Sather Gate at UC Berkeley. <span class="copyright">(Eric Risberg / Associated Press)</span>
A group of students walk through the Sather Gate at UC Berkeley. (Eric Risberg / Associated Press)

Hopes that college life might begin a slow return to normal this fall were deflated Tuesday, when two University of California campuses announced they would begin the semester with fully remote instruction amid a pandemic surge.

UC Berkeley and UC Merced had hoped to open Aug. 26 with a mix of online, in-person and hybrid classes. But they reversed those plans as COVID-19 infections began their record-shattering increases throughout California, with cases now topping more than 400,000 and deaths, 7,800. In Los Angeles County, half of new COVID-19 cases were among those ages 18 to 40.

The UC reversals follow other decisions to do likewise by several California campuses, including USC, Pomona College and Occidental College. Nationally, the proportion of colleges and universities planning for in-person classes has declined from about two-thirds in

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Amid school reopening uncertainty, affluent parents hire private tutors

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Sara Elahi isn’t waiting to find out whether her children’s schools will reopen in the coming months.

After an extensive interview process of several candidates, she found a private educator who will be going to her home to professionally home-school her two children during the first semester.

“Education is the most important thing to our family,” she said. “My kids need to have in-person instruction to really learn and absorb material, and, by no fault of their own, I can’t rely on the school to provide that.”

Elahi, a consultant in the Baltimore area, said that although the costs were high, she and her husband, a pharmacist, were willing to dip into their savings to provide their children with an “undisrupted education.”

“In our minds, it will be a long-term investment for our kids,” she said. “If they fall too behind in all the shuffle, they’ll be playing catch-up forever.”

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Baltimore County school board to vote on reopening plan during special meeting Tuesday

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The Baltimore County Board of Education is scheduled to vote on its reopening plan for the 2020-21 academic year Tuesday evening and is expected to approve a virtual return to the classrooms.

Last week, Baltimore County Public Schools superintendent Darryl L. Williams said during a virtual school board meeting that he supported keeping remote learning in place for the start of the school year amid the coronavirus pandemic, citing the safety of students and faculty.

The meeting will stream at 5:05 p.m. and can be viewed online at BCPS TV.

The Baltimore County teachers union and four other unions representing county school system employees said they do not want to return to school buildings until they feel it’s safe. Several school board members also have voiced their support for the remote learning option.

The Maryland State Education Association, Baltimore Teachers Union and the Maryland Parent Teacher Association called on state

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Texas gives school districts more leeway in reopening schools amid pandemic

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AUSTIN, Texas — Amid growing angst among parents and educators, the Texas Education Agency softened its stance on in-person instruction mandates as schools navigate around the coronavirus pandemic.

The agency issued new rules Friday that give local school districts more control over the decisions on start dates and on how long schools can remain closed and teach students online.

Also on Friday, Gov. Greg Abbott announced that the state will allocate $200 million in federal coronavirus aid to purchase of eLearning devices and internet access to help families who don’t have WiFi to be able to learn remotely.

The Texas agency’s new rules come a week after the agency laid out guidelines that required parents to choose between sending their children to school in person all the time or only being educated online, rather than any combination of the two.

Also last week, the state education commissioner in Florida called 

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Fall 2020 Reopening Plans At The Top 100 U.S. Business Schools

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They’ll be following all the rules this fall at the University of Michigan: masks, social distancing, smaller class sizes, frequent hand and surface washing, and more — much more. They’ll also be pioneering new rules for a new reality, particularly in the realm of remote instruction, as befits one of the country’s leading centers of social and cultural innovation. Put it all together and Scott DeRue, dean of the Ross School of Business, expects a memorable term.

“As with every year, I’m looking forward to welcoming students back to campus safely for a very successful fall term,” DeRue says. “Of course, I also recognize the profound difficulties that many of our students face in this moment, and that much uncertainty remains for all of us. We will get through this, and we will do it together.”

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Facing uncertain fall, schools make flexible reopening plans

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MANCHESTER, Mo. (AP) — Administrators in the Parkway school district in suburban St. Louis spent the summer break crafting a flexible reopening plan, with options that include full-time classroom learning, full-time online instruction and a hybrid system.

It’s a good thing because the dangers of the coronavirus are so uncertain that district officials are reluctant to make predictions about the fall semester, which begins in only five weeks. Confirmed coronavirus infections in Missouri’s hardest-hit city waned in June, but they are now spiking, along with hospitalizations. Schools plan to resume classes Aug. 24.

“If you had asked me even two weeks ago, ‘Do you think we would be able to come back?’ I would have said, ‘Yeah,’” Assistant Superintendent Kevin Beckner said. “Today my answer is ‘I’m not sure,’ just because of how the situation has changed so quickly.”

Schools around the U.S. face the same dilemma. With the number

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