Alameda County Gyms, Libraries, Beauty Salons Reopen Friday

ALAMEDA COUNTY, CA — Gyms, nail salons, libraries and museums were among the businesses allowed to open their doors Friday in Alameda County.

All businesses were subject to safety modifications, per state COVID-19 guidelines.

The following services were allowed to resume Friday:

  • Fitness centers (up to 10 percent capacity; restrictions on classes and aerobic exercise);

  • Personal care services that don’t require the removal of a mask, such as nail salons and electrolysis;

  • Libraries (up to 25 percent capacity);

  • Hotels, lodging for tourism (no indoor pools or fitness centers);

  • Museums, zoos, aquariums (up to 25 percent capacity); and

  • Outdoor film production.

On Tuesday, Oct. 13, elementary schools may reopen in accordance with state and local safety guidelines, Alameda County said late Thursday afternoon in a news release. The county may consider reopening middle and high schools in three to 11 weeks, depending on COVID-19 data trends in the future.

No public

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Movie theaters at Monroe shopping mall scheduled to reopen

MONROE, Mich. (AP) — Movie theater screens at a southeastern Michigan shopping mall are scheduled to reopen.

Phoenix Theatres said it will begin showing films again Friday, according to the Monroe News.

The theater operates 10 screens at the Mall of Monroe, about 44 miles (71 kilometers) southwest of Detroit.

Theaters and a scores of other businesses across the state were ordered closed earlier this year by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the state.

The 1945 law used by Whitmer to respond to the coronavirus pandemic was declared unconstitutional last week by the Michigan Supreme Court.

Phoenix Theatres owner Cory Jacobson said earlier this week that the action comes after the court’s ruling.

Jacobson said the theaters “intend to follow the CinemaSafe guidelines to ensure the safety of our guests.”

“All of our theaters in Michigan will reopen to support the return

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Danbury Public Schools To Reopen With Hybrid Model

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Danbury schools to reopen with hybrid model in late October

DANBURY — Kindergarten through 12th-graders will return to school on a hybrid model beginning Monday, Oct. 26.

Preschool students will return the following week.

The return to in-person learning will follow nearly seven weeks of distance learning, prompted by a spike in coronavirus cases in the city in August.

But the district’s medical team has determined the community is under the “moderate range” for community spread of the virus, the superintendent said in a letter.

“This, along with the large number of students requesting distant learning, will allow us to implement the hybrid model safely while conducting classes in combination with the mitigation strategies of social distancing and wearing masks (BOE Policy),” Superintendent Sal Pascarella wrote. “I expect that we will be in the hybrid model until the District is advised by the state and local health officials otherwise.”

The city’s infection rate was about 5 percent last week, which

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L.A. County allows shopping malls, nail salons and playgrounds to reopen

Following months of closure, shopping centers and nail salons in Los Angeles County will be allowed to resume indoor operations with limited capacity over the next 10 days. Outdoor playgrounds have also been given the greenlight to reopen following the state’s allowance on Tuesday.



a close up of a busy city street: Nail salons will be able to reopen in L.A. County. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)


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Nail salons will be able to reopen in L.A. County. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

The decision to reopen parks falls to the jurisdiction that oversees such spaces, be it city or county. Nail salons and indoor malls will be allowed to reopen at 25% capacity and per state guidance, mall food courts and common areas will remain closed.

Officials announced the update one day after the Board of Supervisors voted to direct the Department of Public Health to allow for school waiver applications for grades TK-2. The board also passed a motion to reopen

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Westfield Sues To Reopen Fashion Square In Sherman Oaks

LOS ANGELES, CA — The pushback against Los Angeles County’s coronavirus shutdown orders intensified this week with a lawsuit filed by the region’s largest indoor-mall operator, seeking to reopen its doors.

Westfield — which operates indoor malls in Topanga, Culver City, Sherman Oaks, Valencia and Santa Anita — sued the county Monday, calling its mall closures “unjustifiable.” If Westfield gets its way, the Westfield Fashion Square could soon reopen.

According to the lawsuit, malls are safer than other retailers and there is “absolutely no public health justification” for their forced closure. Since the reopening in the summer and shutting down again amid a surge in new cases, county health officials have taken a slower approach to reopening than neighboring counties. Pressure to speed up the reopening process has been mounting for weeks. Monday’s lawsuit follows a proposed federal class-action suit brought by a group of business owners fighting the closure

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