Somerville Still Not Ready To Start Phase 3 Reopening

SOMERVILLE, MA — The city announced late last week that Phase 3 Step 1 of reopening will remain on hold, as leaders cite rising case counts and urging from the medical community to roll back the state’s phased reopening.

Officials will continue to review the situation in two-week intervals, with the next update coming on or before Monday, Aug. 17. Indoor and outdoor gatherings remain in Phase 2, with no more than 10 persons allowed until further notice, unless specifically permitted in city activity-specific guidelines. To provide safer options for gyms and fitness centers to offer some services, the city is encouraging and supporting outdoor alternatives.

Businesses in the State’s Phase 3 Step 1 reopening include large indoor venues and activities generally considered to be at high risk for viral spread such as performance venues, movie theaters, gyms, cultural centers, and indoor gatherings. Phase 3 Health and Human Services

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California is reopening, but anxious customers are slow to come back

Beatrice J. Doty
A deserted restaurant in the Napa County city of Yountville. Some restaurants have begun welcoming back dine-in customers. <span class="copyright">(Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)</span>
A deserted restaurant in the Napa County city of Yountville. Some restaurants have begun welcoming back dine-in customers. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

From restaurants to shopping malls, the California economy is grinding back to life after months of coronavirus closures.

But one question looms over the reopening cheers: Do consumers feel safe enough to come back?

California should know the answer soon enough.

After Gov. Gavin Newsom eased the criteria for reopening retail businesses and restaurants, many smaller counties are already turning on the “open” signs while larger counties like Orange and San Diego hope to join them in the coming days. So far, most of California’s 58 counties have applied to move further into the second phase of Newsom’s reopening plan, which allows retail shopping and restaurants to serve in-person patrons.

Yet the experiences of counties that reopened in recent weeks has been sobering. Even as customers are

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What are the social distancing rules in my state? Here’s how America is reopening amid coronavirus pandemic.

Beatrice J. Doty

Some experts believe the United States has passed its first peak of coronavirus deaths, and state leaders have rolled out a patchwork of constantly evolving plans to relax social distancing restrictions, plans that often vary by region, state, county and even city. 

Heading into the weekend, multiple states — including Alabama, Texas and Nevada — were moving to relax restrictions on personal care businesses such as barber shops or nail salons.

Those moves came as California Gov. Gavin Newsom identified a nail salon as the origin of the coronavirus outbreak in the state. 

Asked why businesses that offer personal-care services like nail salons can’t open yet, Newsom said, “This whole thing started in the state of California, the first community spread, in a nail salon. I just wanted to remind you, remind everybody, of that. I’m very worried about that.’’

Meanwhile, cases in the U.S. have largely plateaued in

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Fredericksburg Plans ‘Measured’ Approach To Reopening City

Beatrice J. Doty

FREDERICKSBURG, VA — Fredericksburg officials are developing a plan to reopen the city government in response to Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s announcement on Monday that the state will ease some restrictions on businesses and gatherings starting May 15. In the meantime, the city will continue to conduct most government services by telephone and electronic means.

The city’s plan to reopen will be a “very measured, phased-in approach” that is going to be based on data and focused on providing services to the community while keeping the health and safety of city employees and the public at the forefront, Fredericksburg Fire Chief Mike Jones said Tuesday in a video statement.

“We’ve got to make sure that we keep a well workforce, that we keep them available for you, and we’ve got to make it safe so when the time comes in the future for you to be able to access

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