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24.10.2020 - 11:40 [ amny.com ]

De Blasio calls Trump’s NYC ‘ghost town’ description ‘unfair,’ Manhattan offices could fill up more by early 2021

As of Sept. 18, only 10% of Manhattan office workers had returned to their buildings, the Wall Street Journal reported late last month.

De Blasio confirmed that City Hall had indeed been considering bringing back more of its workforce, but new developments were put on hold due to the recent COVID clusters in Brooklyn and Queens.

24.10.2020 - 11:39 [ Financial Times ]

From peak city to ghost town: the urban centres hit hardest by Covid-19

FT research shows London and New York have suffered the most from the pandemic, but more substantial change lies ahead

24.10.2020 - 11:38 [ Washington Post ]

We can’t let Main Street become a ghost town

(09.10.2020)

Darkened storefronts adorned with “Closed” and “For Lease” signs have become common sights in both urban and rural areas.

Maryland is no exception. From my hometown in Takoma Park to the bucolic charm of Chestertown, many businesses have shuttered or are hanging on for dear life.

23.10.2020 - 11:14 [ Haaretz ]

Thousands of Israelis Protest Against Netanyahu as Business Owners Rejoin Dissent

housands of Israelis called for the resignation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday night in hundreds of locations across Israel, with major protests taking place in Haifa, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

18.10.2020 - 11:34 [ Liz Hicks / Twitter ]

Curfew on restaurants and bars in Berlin from 11pm found to lack proportionality by Berlin Admin Court: no evidence infection more likely after 11pm; evidence restaurants & bars were sites of lower transmission.

Berlin Senate is appealing #covid19 #berlin

18.10.2020 - 11:26 [ euronews.com ]

Berlin bar shutdown: ‚No time to party‘ says mayor amid rising coronavirus cases

(10.10.2020)

„This is not the time to party“, insisted Berlin’s democratic mayor, Michael Müller. „We want to prevent another more severe lockdown“, he added, with a particular message for people under 40.

Angela Merkel argued in favour of the measure on Friday, after consulting mayors from Germany’s 11 largest cities.

18.10.2020 - 11:25 [ theGuardian.com ]

Berlin nightlife given first curfew in 70 years as Covid cases surge

(07.10.2020)

The rate of new cases in the inner-city districts that host Berlin’s nightlife were higher still: of seven hotspots listed by Germany’s disease control agency as having a seven-day incidence of more than 50 cases per 100,000 people, four are in the heart of the capital. Trendy Neukölln leads the pack, with 288 new cases recorded over the course of the last week.

17.10.2020 - 23:28 [ Fox News ]

Federal judge says Cuomo coronavirus restrictions may turn NYC ‘desolate,’ but allows them

Brooklyn U.S. District Judge Brian M. Cogan said safety restrictions and guidelines may even “turn New York City into a very different, even desolate, place compared to how it was before the pandemic,” but he declined to grant a preliminary injunction against rules that prohibit restaurants from serving food after midnight. Indoor dining is also restricted to 25% capacity as of Sept. 30.

12.10.2020 - 11:38 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Travel latest news: British hospitality to launch legal action over expected lockdown restrictions

Following the announcement of a new three-tier lockdown system, which will see areas with higher Covid rates imposed with harsher measures, the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) is leading a revolt against new rules that could see thousands of bars and restaurants ordered to close.

Two of the country’s biggest brewers and pub operators, Joseph Holt and JW Lees, are also involved in the challenge, alongside a further 10 hospitality businesses and organisations.

12.10.2020 - 11:30 [ theSun.co.uk ]

BED TO WORSE: New 3-tier lockdown rules: Boris Johnson to ban overnight stays and non-essential travel in Covid hotspots

OVERNIGHT stays will be forbidden in northern virus hotspots for four weeks, Boris Johnson will announce today.

As well as the bed ban, residents can only leave the highest risk regions for essential travel such as work, education or health reasons, and must return that day.

09.10.2020 - 20:00 [ Gothamist.com ]

Zoned Coronavirus Shutdown Of Parts Of Brooklyn And Queens Is Now In Effect. Here’s What We Know

The maps were drafted in consultation with health experts including former city health commissioner and Centers for Disease Control director Dr. Tom Frieden, Dr. Noam Ross of EcoHealth Alliance, and Dr. Michael Osterholm of the University of Minnesota.

08.10.2020 - 13:45 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Professors ‚Glum and Glummer‘ Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance should be banned from Covid press briefings, says leading lawyer who warns the Government has been ‚captured‘ by scientists

(03.10.2020)

Last month, Professor Whitty and Sir Patrick – dubbed Glum and Glummer by critics – held their own press conference, warning the infection rate could rise to 50,000 cases a day by mid-October.

08.10.2020 - 13:34 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris’s Red Wall revolt: Northerners rage at ‚dictator‘ PM for using them as a ‚petri dish for experimentation‘ as it emerges 10 MILLION people in COVID hotspots will be plunged into ‚Tier Three‘ lockdown on Monday with pubs and restaurants SHUT

Conservative MPs and local leaders in the North have been venting fury about the government’s stance, with former minister Jake Berry accusing the premier of being ‚London-centric‘ and enjoying his sweeping emergency powers ‚a little bit too much‘.

Politicians in Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle and Sheffield raged at ‚diktats announced without notice‘ and said ministers were treating the North like a ‚petri dish for experimentation‘ while the South gets off lightly.

07.10.2020 - 19:49 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Matt Hancock hints England could FOLLOW Nicola Sturgeon’s two-week alcohol ban in pubs and restaurants in COVID hotspot areas as Scotland imposes 6pm hospitality curfew and shuts bars entirely in vast swathes of the country

– Nicola Sturgeon today announced a wave of new lockdown measures for Scotland in Holyrood statement
– First Minister declared crackdown on pubs and restaurants selling alcohol and is imposing 6pm closing time
– Boris Johnson under huge pressure from advisers to ratchet up coronavirus curbs despite Cabinet resistance

05.10.2020 - 20:55 [ New York Times ]

Cuomo Won’t Approve Closing of Businesses in 9 Hard-Hit N.Y.C. Areas

Indeed, the governor also announced that the state would take over supervision of enforcement of mask and social-distancing rules in the hot spot clusters, presumably putting the State Police in charge of New York City Police Department officers.

23.09.2020 - 03:40 [ Spiked ]

We need to take back control from the government

Covid authoritarianism is out of control. It’s time the people pushed back.

23.09.2020 - 03:31 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Army could be used to help police enforce coronavirus laws, warns Boris Johnson

Today’s fresh plan includes:

– A 10pm curfew for all pubs across England – and they will be made to offer table service by law.
– There will be a significant cap on the number of guests allowed at weddings.
– But businesses and schools will be able to stay open as No10 attempts to stave off a second lockdown.
– A dramatic increase in enforcement measures to make sure people are obeying the Rule of Six.
– More fines could be slapped on those flouting the rules with on-the-spot closures for venues that fail to follow the rules.
– Facemasks will be made compulsory for staff in hospitality and close contact places – and taxis too

……….

13.09.2020 - 13:42 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Businesses Say Without Compensation They Would Defy Coronavirus Lockdown

Tomer Mor, who leads a union of restaurant owners, said many of its members will open their eateries regardless of the government’s decision. “The government will face strong opposition and disobedience by caterers and self-employed people fighting for their lives,” he said.

A protest by restaurant owners against a government decision in July to shut down their businesses with immediate effect succeeded in changing that decision, eventually undoing it altogether.

02.08.2020 - 12:51 [ Haaretz ]

‚No Method in the Madness‘: Israeli Shop Owners Revolt, Open Despite Coronavirus Ban

Some businesses say they are protesting against pressure exerted on the government by ultra-Orthodox parties, others say their only goal is survival

26.07.2020 - 20:35 [ 24News.tv ]

Israel: Gyms reopen under parliamentary panel ruling defying gov’t

Most sports facilities were ordered shut on July 17 following a government vote on a package of measures aimed at stemming the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

However, on Thursday, the Knesset panel supervising the country’s coronavirus response voted to strike this restriction down

26.07.2020 - 00:06 [ Fox News ]

Hundreds of Texas bar owners pledge defiance to Abbott order

Fort Worth bar owner Chris Polone has organized what’s labeled as “Freedom Fest,” in which hundreds of bar owners say they’ll open their doors and set ’em up Saturday. About 800 bar owners have promised participation, Polone told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which could place their state liquor licenses in jeopardy.

26.07.2020 - 00:03 [ Dallas News ]

Group of Texas bars plans to open illegally in statewide protest Saturday against Gov. Abbott’s shutdown order

(22.07.2020)

Polone, however, is now organizing Freedom Fest in alliance with other bars and venues across the state that will open their doors illegally for concerts on Saturday, July 25.

When Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission officers gave him the option of shutting the event down or losing his liquor license on July 4, Polone — who was broadcasting on Facebook Live — got on stage, ranted, and tore up the paperwork. Then he went outside, lit up a cigarette, and said his lawyers were ready to sue the state of Texas.

18.07.2020 - 14:18 [ Haaretz ]

Two Israeli Protest Movements Join Forces After Police Deny Demonstration Permit

Several organizations representing self-employed Israelis have said they will join the protest of the so-called Black Flag movement in Tel Aviv’s Charles Clore Park on Saturday, after police refused to let them demonstrate at a different location, citing coronavirus restrictions.

The Black Flag protests first gained recognition in March, when a motorcade of hundreds of cars made its way to Jerusalem to protest anti-democratic measures to combat the coronavirus, including the approval of civilians’ phone tracking by the Shin Bet security service.

15.07.2020 - 14:18 [ theHill.com ]

Battle brewing on coronavirus relief oversight

The three independent oversight panels set up by Congress in the bipartisan CARES Act almost four months ago have all encountered serious obstacles — sometimes because of resistance from the White House, other times due to drafting oversights in the authorizing legislation.

As a result, lawmakers and the public may not have a full understanding of how coronavirus relief aid is being spent until after the election. In the meantime, Congress and the White House are moving toward another pandemic bill that’s expected to carry a price tag of at least $1 trillion.

15.07.2020 - 13:56 [ Washington Post ]

The end of small business: Giant corporations may be the only survivors in the post-pandemic economy

For decades, large businesses have been taking market share from small businesses, and the corporations at the top of the pyramid have been consolidating into ever-bigger megacorporations. In the 1980s, half of retail shopping took place in independent stores; today, it is less than one-quarter. From 2002 to 2017, Home Depot and Lowes almost doubled their joint share of the home-improvement retail market, from 42 to 81 percent. Even before the coronavirus struck, in 43 metropolitan areas more than half of all groceries were bought at Walmart.

12.07.2020 - 19:47 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel: Deputy minister slams massive Tel Aviv protest as ‚health terror attack‘

A top official in Israel’s Health Ministry slammed a massive rally held in Tel Aviv on Saturday evening as a „health terror[ist] attack“ as a resurgent coronavirus pandemic sweeps across the country.

Deputy Health Minister Yoav Kisch (Likud party) expressed dismay over the event that saw more than 10,000 citizens in attendance, with protesters standing virtually shoulder to shoulder in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square.

12.07.2020 - 00:30 [ Haaretz ]

Ten Thousand Israelis Protest Poor Government Aid Amid Coronavirus Economic Crisis

Self-employed from hospitality, tourism and arts industries stage apolitical protest in Tel Aviv ■ Five were arrested

12.07.2020 - 00:20 [ News Update Live / Youtube ]

Israel COVID-19 | Live Protesters rally in Tel Aviv against gov’t response to pandemic | 11-07

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL – With curbs reimposed, unemployment soaring past 20 percent and aid packages falling short of demands, many Israelis are angry about what they see as the government’s inept response to their economic woes. T

11.07.2020 - 18:04 [ Haaretz ]

Israelis Are Victims of Their Own Government

The list of protesters is endless – an action committee for the performance and culture industry, the restaurateurs association, the nightlife and bars association, the student union, bus drivers, people working in the tourism industry, social workers, the self-employed, the unemployed. Young and old, employees and self-employed, women and men – all are calling for help, but no one is answering.

11.07.2020 - 17:41 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Massive protest expected in Tel Aviv amid economic crisis – report

The protest is reportedly organized by NGOs representing self-employed Israelis, but it is expected to be attended by thousands of students, contract employees and business-owners who were financially impacted by the emergency regulations the first time around.

„The protesters do not intend to be nice,“ one of the organizers told the media outlet, adding that the demonstrators‘ plan for Saturday evening is „showing rage and blocking roads to make sure the protest will not be forgotten.“

09.07.2020 - 18:38 [ ReclaimTheNet.org ]

False online accusation resulted in a boycott, outrage and “terroristic” threats against venue business

Cuthbertson, in an effort to save his business from losing customers, requested the police give him a head’s up before they come so he could arrange his schedule for meeting potential customers accordingly.

Neither the policemen nor Cuthbertson had an issue with the arrangement.

But then, soon after, George Floyd’s death made national headlines and the issues of race and police brutality were forced into every part of society from news to entertainment.

A comment on a local Facebook page ended up twisting the facts and portrayed Cuthbertson as anti-cop, suggesting that he wouldn’t let cops on the property.

“This place refused to allow the Falls Township Police to sit at his outdoor picnic tables and eat their lunch. If you’re looking for a catering venue, don’t choose this one,” read the comment on a local Facebook page.

No sooner was the comment posted than he started receiving threats on phone calls with people hurling profanities at him.

04.07.2020 - 12:29 [ BBC ]

Coronavirus: Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers reopen in England

Pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and cinemas in England are opening their doors for the first time in three months after a major relaxation of coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

01.07.2020 - 18:21 [ .axios.com ]

Florida is „not going back“ on reopening, governor says

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis told reporters on Tuesday that the state will not reinstate restrictions or close businesses to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus.

27.06.2020 - 14:25 [ Boris Johnson #StayAlert, Boris Johnson #StayAlert @BorisJohnson Prime Minister of the United Kingdom / Twitter ]

Businesses all over the country are getting ready to open their doors again on the 4 July.

Yesterday I heard from @PizzaPilgrims
staff about how they’re making their restaurant COVID-19 Secure so customers can enjoy their pizza safely.

27.06.2020 - 14:04 [ The Telegraph ]

Police find people hiding in cupboard above pub during lockdown

(25.06.2020)

This is the moment police found people hiding in a wardrobe above a pub during the coronavirus lockdown.

The Pitsmoor Hotel in Sheffield was raided by police after reports it was still serving customers.

23.06.2020 - 09:54 [ Seattle.Eater.com ]

What It’s Like to Eat Inside Seattle’s Much-Discussed Protest Space

With so much national attention on the politics, it may seem a small thing to focus on food, which is only one part of the ecosystem at the CHOP/CHAZ. But the way people eat there offers a glimpse into the energy of the protest space, whether it’s through pop-up community kitchens, street vendors selling items right in the middle of everything, or local restaurants trying to figure out their place as a support pipeline.

15.06.2020 - 08:27 [ New York Times ]

Coronavirus Live Updates: As Social Distancing Wanes, Cuomo Warns of Another Lockdown

Specifically, Mr. Cuomo said that bar patrons in Manhattan and the Hamptons on Long Island had been flouting the rules, and warned that if local officials did not crack down on such behavior the state could be forced to suspend re-opening plans.

“There is a very real possibility that we would roll back the reopening in those areas,” he said, adding that if people didn’t abide social distancing rules, including wearing masks, a second wave of infections was almost inevitable. “It will come. And once it comes, it’s too late.”

07.05.2020 - 04:53 [ Ansa.it ]

Phase 2: 3,691 cited for breaking rules on first day

Some 96 shopowners were fined and 23 shops closed down, it said. Some 98 people were cited for false declarations and 11 for breaking quarantine.