Gyms quick to rebrand in attempt to stay open in shutdown

Some gyms and fitness centers in Tri-Cities announced this week they are now “wellness centers” and will stay open despite Washington state COVID-19 restrictions.

But at least one state official questioned if that’s allowed.

“Businesses cannot just immediately make up their own designations in response to actions by the state,” said Mike Faulk, deputy communications director for Gov. Jay Inslee’s office.

“What kind of business they are is determined when

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Helena releases list of proposed open lands projects, seeks public input

Helena leaders are asking for public input, after they released a list of major projects they’re considering on city parks and open lands next year.

The city will hold an online open house Thursday, Nov. 19, at 5:30 p.m., to present information about the proposed projects and their impacts.

“We want to share our final list and our rationale for why we have that list and what projects we’re proposing

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What’s open, what’s closed for Veterans Day 2020

Here is a listing of what’s open and what’s closed on Veterans Day in the D.C. area.

Veterans Day is a federal holiday meant to honor those who have served in the military.

Since it’s a federal holiday, post offices are closed, and most banks will also be closed.

You can also expect closings at local schools, local government offices and some parking and transit changes.

Metro and other transit

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All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf admits defeat in battle to keep courses open

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf (APPGG) has admitted defeat in its bid to keep courses open during the upcoming lockdown in England.

The APPGG wrote to Boris Johnson on behalf of England Golf, the PGA, the R&A and other leading groups from the industry to make the case for golf to be exempt from tightened restrictions which come into force from Thursday.

However, the group’s chair, North Warwickshire MP

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Reading mulls potential changes to 2013 Open Space plan | Reading

From STAFF REPORTS

READING – In order to ensure the proposal reflects Reading’s parkland and playground priorities, local officials will update the community’s seven-year-old Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP).

In a recent notice to citizens, Conservation Administrator Charles Tirone asked for residents to take a new survey that asks for input regarding personal experiences at local recreation and open-space sites, opinions about where improvements can best be made, and

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Grass-roots sport threatens open revolt as fury grows at second national lockdown

Golf had become one of the first sports to resume in May after a near two-month hiatus, and Jeremy Tomlinson, the England Golf chief executive, published an open letter on Sunday in an attempt to force a u-turn from Boris Johnson.

“Having digested the Prime Minister’s statement to the nation on Saturday night and read the guidance which followed, there is an element of confusion around the Government’s stated intention

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‘Super polls’ open for in-person voting this weekend around county

SAN DIEGO — All 235 “super poll” locations across San Diego County will be open for in-person voting Saturday through Election Day as part of the many ways officials are trying to make it easier to safely cast a ballot during the coronavirus pandemic.

While the county’s registrar of voters still recommends dropping off a mail-in ballot in drop boxes around the county, people who want to vote in person

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Columbus Day 2020: What’s open and what’s closed

Columbus Day, known in some communities as Indigenous Peoples Day, is a legal holiday in Massachusetts. That means offices and some government services are closed and other businesses have special hours.

Canceled events

Traditional Columbus Day weekend events are canceled for 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic:

  • The Ashfield Fall Festival
  • The Granville Harvest Fair
  • The Second Baptist Church Craft Fair in South Hadley
  • The Pulaski Day Parade in Northampton
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Las Vegas haunted houses Asylum, Hotel Fear to open Oct. 1 with COVID-19 protocol | More

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) — Longtime Las Vegas haunted house attractions Asylum and Hotel Fear will return to the Meadows Mall for its twenty-second year this fall with new COVID-19 measures in place.

According to a release sent Tuesday, guests will be welcomed back Oct. 1. with an “online timed ticketing system” used to limit occupancy and promote social distancing. The new ticketing system assigns patrons a time slot to return

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What’s open this weekend and Labor Day at beaches and parks in Southern California

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Two giraffes roam the L.A. Zoo in October 2019. (Tad Motoyama / L.A. Zoo)

With Labor Day nearing and Gov. Gavin Newsom easing pandemic restrictions in some counties, Californians face a dizzying mix of openings and closures in coming days.

Still coping with fires in many areas and coronavirus just about everywhere, local and state authorities are limiting access to many indoor

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What’s open for Labor Day at beaches, parks, zoos and trails in Southern California

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Two giraffes roam the L.A. Zoo in October 2019. (Tad Motoyama / L.A. Zoo)

With Labor Day nearing, wildfires burning and pandemic restrictions still in effect, local and state authorities are limiting access to many indoor and outdoor recreation options.

Still, most parks, beaches and trails are open, and enterprises including the L.A. Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego and Mammoth Mountain are finding

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What’s open and closed for Labor Day at local beaches, parks, zoos and trails

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Two giraffes roam the L.A. Zoo in October 2019. (Tad Motoyama / L.A. Zoo)

With Labor Day nearing, wildfires burning and pandemic restrictions still in effect, local and state authorities are limiting access to many indoor and outdoor recreation options.

Still, most parks, beaches and trails are open, and enterprises including the L.A. Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego and Mammoth Mountain are finding

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Why are Arizona casinos still open despite experts saying they’re high-risk during COVID-19 spike?

Plexiglas is placed around slot machines, gaming tables, and other areas at the Lone Butte Casino in Chandler on May 14, 2020. Casinos under the Gila River Indian Community were planning to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic with new safety measures on May 15, 2020.
Plexiglas is placed around slot machines, gaming tables, and other areas at the Lone Butte Casino in Chandler on May 14, 2020. Casinos under the Gila River Indian Community were planning to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic with new safety measures on May 15, 2020.

Movie theaters across Arizona are empty.

Gyms have locked their doors.

And restaurants are filled with taped-off tables, welcoming half of the customers they would

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Am I allowed to visit, are hotels and restaurants open and what rules are in place?

Playa de Formentor, Mallorca, Spain: istock
Playa de Formentor, Mallorca, Spain: istock

As countries around the globe tentatively begin to relax restrictions on travel, the promise of tapas al fresco and long, lazy sun-filled days beside the sea come top of the travel wish-list for many tourists.

Spain has long topped the list as one of the UK’s favourite holiday destinations, with more than 18 million British tourists visiting in 2019 – a fifth of the

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Florida Cases Hit Record; Push to Open Schools: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) —

Florida reported its highest-ever increase of Covid-19 cases, 15,300, or a 6% rise compared to a 4.8% average over the last week. Reported deaths dropped to 44, from 95 the day before.

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said “the rule should be that kids go back to school this fall,” despite rising cases around the country.

South Africa may reintroduce tighter regulations on the movement of people and

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Trump’s campaign to open schools provokes mounting backlash even from GOP

President Donald Trump has been on a rampage against public schools and colleges all week, threatening to use the power of the federal government to strong-arm officials into reopening classrooms.

But his effort is now creating a backlash: An overwhelming alignment of state and even Republican-aligned organizations oppose the rush to reopen schools. The nation’s leading pediatricians, Republican state school chiefs, Christian colleges and even the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

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Dix Hills Pool Open To Town Of Huntington Residents On Weeknights

DIX HILLS, NY — Dix Hills Pool will be opening weeknights, Town of Huntington Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci announced Monday. The pool, in Dix Hills Park at 575 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills, will be open Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. starting Monday to residents who must reserve a time slot and wear a mask for entry.

“In addition to opening Dix Hills Pool to residents from

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What’s Open, Closed In Falls Church For July 4, 2020 Observation

FALLS CHURCH, VA — Fourth of July is slated to look different this year due to the ongoing pandemic. Falls Church’s fireworks and many other celebrations are canceled, leaving residents to find ways to celebrate at home. But one thing we can count on is a scheduled holiday.

Because July 4 falls on a Saturday, the Independence Day holiday is observed on Friday, July 3. City of Falls Church and

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Hampton Inn worker fired for calling cops on Black guests; Police open ‘internal investigation’

A Hampton Inn employee has been fired after calling the police on a Black family using the hotel’s swimming pool in Williamston, North Carolina.

“Hampton by Hilton has zero tolerance for racism or discrimination of any kind. On Saturday, we were alerted to an online video of a guest incident at one of our franchise properties,” Shruti Gandhi Buckley, the Global Head of Hampton by Hilton, said in a statement

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Coronavirus In Berkeley: Businesses Open, Fireworks Postponed

BERKELEY, NJ — There’s a lot of news to keep up with right now — locally, nationally and worldwide. Here’s a recap of coronavirus updates in Berkeley.

Cases

The Ocean County Health Department has reported 716 coronavirus cases and 97 deaths in Berkeley as of Wednesday afternoon. That’s an increase of 45 cases and 10 deaths since Patch’s last update June 12.

The health department counted 18 new cases Wednesday

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