Tag: Coronavirus Reopenings

The American Renaissance Has Begun

In 1982, the economist Mancur Olson set out to explain a paradox. West Germany and Japan endured widespread devastation during World War II, yet in the years after the war both countries experienced miraculous economic growth. Britain, on the other hand, emerged victorious from the war, with its institutions more intact, and yet it immediately […]

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Hit Hard by Pandemic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center to Merge

The pandemic forced many American arts organizations to resort to mass layoffs and deep pay cuts as ticket sales vanished for more than a year. Now one of the nation’s most prominent ensembles, the Philadelphia Orchestra, is trying another tack as it seeks to recover from the crisis: It announced plans Thursday to merge with […]

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8,000 Homeless People to Be Moved From Hotels to Shelters, New York Says

New York City plans to move about 8,000 homeless people out of hotel rooms and back to barrackslike dorm shelters by the end of July so that the hotels can reopen to the general public, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Wednesday. When the pandemic lockdown began last spring, New York City moved the people […]

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Reopening Day in California

“We’ve had at least five cars come by and say, ‘Are you guys open?’” Ogboghodo said. Moments later, a man rode a motorcycle down the sidewalk and asked about coming in. Simon said both the Short Stop and the other bar she manages, Footsie’s, had been closed during lockdowns; it wouldn’t have made financial sense […]

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The End of Most Covid Rules in New York: What to Know

Weather: A lovely day — sunny and dry, with a high in the upper 70s. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Saturday (Juneteenth). Coffee shop and restaurant tables laid out six feet apart. Offices with health screenings at the entrance. Strict cleaning protocols at hair salons and barbershops. After more than a year, pandemic-era safety precautions […]

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Who Wants a Hotel With a Hallway Anyway?

Indeed technology is helping the very self-service nature of motels. At the Capri, a 1963 property, in Ojai, Calif., renovated three years ago, check-in is via text. Its 30 rooms all open to the air and have been open — and mostly occupied weekends since September 2020 — said Marlee Rojan from the front desk. […]

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Why Remote Learning Is a Failure

Some educators sneered that the parents who complained just wanted free babysitting. But I’m not ashamed to say that child care is at the heart of the work I do. I teach children reading and writing, yes, but I also watch over them, remind them to be kind and stay safe, plan games and activities […]

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Retail Sales Fell in May, in Latest Sign of a Bumpy Recovery

Retail sales fell slightly last month, the Commerce Department reported on Tuesday, another sign of the uneven recovery of the American consumer during the pandemic. The 1.3 percent decline in May follows months of ups and downs in retail spending. After falling to record lows a year ago, sales bounced back sharply in the spring, […]

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Stephen Colbert Returns to ‘Late Show’ Stage Before Vaccinated Fans

Mr. Licht worked with ViacomCBS to get the necessary clearances. By mid-May, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lifted indoor regulations for mask use among vaccinated people, the show was well on its way to a return. Approval from New York State came May 22, Mr. Licht said. After Mr. Colbert announced, three […]

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California Reopens on June 15: What to Know

From a government perspective, things are little more complicated. While the whole point of declaring an emergency — as Gov. Gavin Newsom did in March 2020 — is to give officials flexibility to move quickly, winding down all the temporary regulations solidified in many intertwined executive actions will be a longer process, officials said in […]

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Europe’s Summer of Recovery Is More Fragile Than It Looks

ALBUFEIRA, Portugal — Until last week, Raissa Moura and her co-workers at the reception desk of the Pine Cliffs Resort were feeling optimistic that life was returning to normal along Portugal’s Mediterranean coast. The previous year, as the pandemic halted travel, they had fretted over the desolation of the usually bustling, 1,300-bed hotel and villa […]

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‘Freedom Day’ for England Is Looking Like a Mirage

LONDON — The news media call it “freedom day,” the fast approaching moment when England’s remaining coronavirus restrictions are scheduled to be cast off at last, allowing pubs to fill to capacity, nightclubs to open their doors and the curtain to rise in theaters around the country. But a recent spike in cases of the […]

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How to Reopen Offices Safely

For the last 15 months, many American offices sat essentially empty. Conference rooms and cubicles went unused, elevators uncalled, files untouched. Whiteboards became time capsules. Succulents had to fend for themselves. But over the coming weeks, many of these workplaces will creak slowly back to life. By September, roughly half of Manhattan’s one million office […]

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Headliners and Headdresses Return to Las Vegas. Will Tourists Follow?

LAS VEGAS — Penn Jillette, one half of the Penn & Teller magic and comedy act that has helped define nightlife in Las Vegas for decades, bounded onto the stage the other night and looked across a maskless but socially distanced audience scattered across the theater at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. “We just […]

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Your Guide to Tribeca Festival’s 20th Anniversary Edition

Partway through “In the Heights,” the Tribeca Festival’s opening-night feature, a throng of Washington Heights neighbors sprawl about a courtyard during a heat wave. They loaf and grumble, until one woman steps in to start a barrio Carnaval of song and dance. Finding solidarity in nasty circumstances is a theme that flows through this year’s […]

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We Must Fully Reopen Schools This Fall. Here’s How.

As American children conclude what will hopefully be the most discombobulated academic year of their lives, it’s clear that school must be different this fall. Thanks to increasing vaccinations and declining rates of Covid-19 infections, children can safely return to classrooms. To facilitate this, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should release a blueprint […]

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For Asian Americans Wary of Attacks, Reopening Is Not an Option

Millions of Americans may be leaping into a summer of newly unmasked normalcy. But inside Mandy Lin’s apartment in Philadelphia’s Chinatown neighborhood, the lockdown drags on. Her 9-year-old son is struggling through the last lessons of fourth grade on a laptop while many of his classmates are back in school. His grandmother stays inside all […]

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Foo Fighters Will Play First Concert Back at Madison Square Garden

For the first time in more than 15 months, Madison Square Garden is gearing up to host a rock ’n’ roll concert without social distancing, masks or capacity caps. Foo Fighters will perform on June 20 — but only for fans who are fully vaccinated. It will be the first full-capacity concert in a New […]

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Bruce Springsteen Will Return to Broadway in June

Bruce Springsteen is returning to Broadway. “Springsteen on Broadway,” the rock legend’s autobiographical show, which ran for 236 performances, including seven previews, in 2017 and 2018, will open on June 26 at the St. James Theater, at 246 W. 44th Street, and have additional performances through Sept. 4, according to an announcement. As of now, […]

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As Vaccines Turn Pandemic’s Tide, U.S. and Europe Diverge on Path Forward

LONDON — Over Memorial Day weekend, 135,000 people jammed the oval at the Indianapolis 500. Restaurants across the United States were thronged with customers as mask mandates were being discarded. The formula, which gained the Biden administration’s blessing, was succinct: In essence, if you are fully vaccinated, you can do as you please. But while […]

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May 2021 Jobs Report: U.S. Adds 559,000 to Payrolls

Hiring accelerated in May, with the government reporting on Friday that employers added 559,000 workers, about twice the previous month’s gains. The unemployment rate fell to 5.8 percent, the Labor Department reported. As infections ebb, vaccinations spread and businesses reopen, the economy has started to regain its footing, but the path has not been smooth. […]

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Traveling to Europe? A Country-by-Country Reopening Guide

Turkey State of the virus Infections and deaths in Turkey from the coronavirus have been declining steadily following a strict three-week national lockdown, which is expected to be lifted gradually through May. Turkey so far has fully vaccinated about 15 percent of its population of 83 million people; about 20 percent have received their first […]

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Art Blooms Alongside Nature in Riverside Park

In Riverside Park, behind the locked bars of an Amtrak maintenance entrance near 108th Street, a large still-life painting of flowers leans against a wall. The canvas appears to be rotting and fraying into a tangle of dead roots and leaves, with new blossoms erupting three-dimensionally from the surface. The artist Valerie Hegarty wanted to […]

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How Wild Will Summer Be? This Gum Commercial Gets Creative.

The first thing you see, in what must be among the best TV ads of the season, is tumbleweed rolling where no tumbleweed should roll, in the middle of a city street edged with offices and apartments. But then you realize it is largely made up of disposable masks, and the street is howlingly empty. […]

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A Return to Normal? Not for Countries With Covid Surges and Few Vaccines.

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — In Colombia, nearly five hundred people a day have died of the coronavirus over the last three weeks, the nation’s most dramatic daily death rates yet. Argentina is going through the “worst moment since the pandemic began,” according to its president. Scores are dying daily in Paraguay and Uruguay, which now have […]

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New York’s Concert Scene Gets a Lavish New Addition: Brooklyn Made

For the last year, with the concert business mothballed by the pandemic, small clubs and theaters have warned that their survival was at risk, and dozens of venues across the country have shut down. But with concerts now coming back, something that might have seemed unthinkable just a few months ago is happening: Not only […]

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They Kept Schools Running as Covid Raged: ‘We Had to Be Here’

When the nation’s largest school system shuttered last spring, the one million students that had flooded its classrooms were abruptly sent home. Tens of thousands of teachers had just a few days to collect their papers and prepare for online classes before schools were mostly emptied. But in the absence of children and educators, there […]

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