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Can shopping malls survive the coronavirus pandemic and a new slate of permanent store closings?

Just when many shopping malls had finally figured out how to adapt to the era of digital retail, the coronavirus pandemic upended everything.

Having seen their recent move toward dining, entertainment, fitness and personal services come to a screeching halt – a pivot that was supposed to help them survive the Amazon age – malls throughout America are suddenly running out of time.

With J.C. Penney trying to avoid liquidation, smaller retailers closing or requesting rent relief, and venues like theaters still temporarily shut down due to COVID-19, anywhere from 1 in 4 malls to 1 in 2 could go out of business altogether, analysts projected.

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“The whole business model of a mall, which is about pulling in as many people as you can and getting them to stay for as long as you

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As Trump pressures schools to reopen, California’s 2 largest school districts say they’re going to start online only in the fall

President Trump is seen outside the White House on July 11, 2020.
President Trump is seen outside the White House on July 11, 2020.

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  • The Los Angeles and San Diego unified school systems said they’ll be starting the fall semester off online in a joint statement. 

  • The announcement comes after President Donald Trump said he’d pressure states to reopen in-person classes in the fall. 

  • The two districts have a combined total of 700,000 students, according to NPR.

  • On Monday, public health officials in Los Angeles County announced 2,593 new cases of COVID-19 and 13 new deaths.

  • Other counties, like Orange County, California, voted on Monday to reopen schools without measures requiring masks or increased social distancing.

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The Los Angeles and San Diego unified school systems announced that they’ll be going online only at the start of the fall semester, according to a joint statement.

“One fact is clear: those countries that have managed

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Wear a mask in shops or risk fine

The new policy marks an about-turn on the issue after days of uncertainty. CREDIT: BLOWER - BLOWER
The new policy marks an about-turn on the issue after days of uncertainty. CREDIT: BLOWER – BLOWER

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Shoppers who do not wear a mask risk £100 fine

Mask up – or risk a £100 fine. That is the message to shoppers as the Government announces that face coverings will become mandatory in stores. Health Secretary Matt Hancock will confirm that guidance is being updated to make the wearing of face coverings compulsory in England from July 24, with fines for anyone who fails to adhere to the new rules. The announcement comes after days of confusion in which Boris Johnson, and Michael Gove made apparently contradictory statements about whether face coverings should be mandatory in shops. Confused

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Newsom orders statewide reclosure of indoor dining, limits on church services, salons

A "welcome back" sign put up a month ago greets shoppers at South Coast Plaza on Monday. Most counties, including Los Angeles, will be forced to shutter malls, gyms, churches, hair salons and other businesses under a new order. <span class="copyright">(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)</span>
A “welcome back” sign put up a month ago greets shoppers at South Coast Plaza on Monday. Most counties, including Los Angeles, will be forced to shutter malls, gyms, churches, hair salons and other businesses under a new order. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

California is largely closing again amid a spike in COVID-19 cases across the state, as Gov. Gavin Newsom announced statewide restrictions Monday to again halt all indoor dining and close bars, zoos and museums.

At the same time, most counties, including Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange and Riverside, will be forced to shutter gyms, houses of worship, hair salons, malls and other businesses under the new order, which is effective immediately and remains in effect indefinitely. In addition, offices with nonessential workers in those counties must close.

The move further pushes Californians back into their homes during a time when they are typically enjoying

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Orange County votes to reopen schools without masks or increased social distancing

Graduate Dylan Davis is congratulated by coach John Shanahan as he exits the Laguna Beach High drive-through graduation at Guyer Field. <span class="copyright">(Don Leach / Times Community News)</span>
Graduate Dylan Davis is congratulated by coach John Shanahan as he exits the Laguna Beach High drive-through graduation at Guyer Field. (Don Leach / Times Community News)

Orange County education leaders voted 4 to 1 Monday evening to approve recommendations for reopening schools in the fall that do not include the mandatory use of masks for students or increased social distancing in classrooms amid a surge in coronavirus cases.

The Board of Education did, however, leave reopening plans up to individual school districts.

Among the recommendations are daily temperature checks, frequent handwashing and use of hand sanitizer, in addition to the nightly disinfection of classrooms, offices and transportation vehicles.

The recommendations, contained in a white paper, widely support schools reopening in the fall. The document states that remote learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic has been an “utter failure” and suggests allowing parents to send their children to another district or

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Los Angeles on verge of ‘red’ threat level, mayor says

The novel coronavirus pandemic has now killed more than 570,000 people worldwide.

Over 13 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.

The United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 3.3 million diagnosed cases and at least 135,582 deaths.

Los Angeles on verge of moving into ‘red zone,’ mayor warns COVID-19 cases top 13 million worldwide California closing all bars, indoor restaurants statewide Arizona’s ICUs 90% full Hong Kong Disneyland to temporarily close

Here is how the news is developing today. All times Eastern. Check back for updates.

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2021 census will identify veterans to provide ‘more targeted’ mental health support

Veterans MInister Johnny Mercer said: 'This is a huge step forward, and better data means better public services for veterans' - Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
Veterans MInister Johnny Mercer said: ‘This is a huge step forward, and better data means better public services for veterans’ – Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire

Veterans will be identified on the census for the first time in a bid to improve mental health support.

The question “have you previously served in the UK Armed Forces”, before specifying if the person served in a regular or reserve role, will be asked to allow the Government to better understand the profiles and needs of the ex-military community. 

The Cabinet Office said that this will allow for “stepped up services for veterans, with better data and understanding allowing for more targeted and efficient support”.

It also added that the data from the 2021 census will be “an important part of ensuring that mental health support for former service personnel is as effective as possible”.

It comes after a recent Help for Heroes survey found

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At the ‘epicenter’ of the COVID pandemic, Miami-Dade mayor resists more closures

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said Monday he wants to see if existing restaurant restrictions, an ongoing 10 p.m. curfew and a countywide mask order help stabilize the county’s alarming COVID numbers before forcing more businesses to close.

Gimenez is under pressure on both sides, with cities and restaurant groups criticizing last week’s ban on indoor dining and Miami-Dade seeing much more coronavirus spread and hospitalizations than when the county mayor ordered all nonessential businesses to close in March.

“We’re not there yet. But everything is on the table. I don’t think anyone on this call wants to take that drastic step,” Gimenez said at a Monday morning online press conference with local doctors advising him on Miami-Dade’s COVID plan. “If we simply follow the rules, and keep our masks on and keep our distance, wash our hands, that we’ve opened can be done in a relatively safe way. … Right

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2 biggest California districts say school will start online

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles and San Diego school districts, the two largest in California with a combined K-12 student population of about 720,000, announced Monday they won’t bring students back to classrooms next month because of rising coronavirus hospitalizations and infection rates.

School leaders said there is too much uncertainty surrounding the safety of students and staff to try to return pupils to classrooms right away so they will continue the distance learning that was employed for the final months of the spring semester.

“There’s a public health imperative to keep schools from becoming a petri dish,” said Austin Beutner, superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District — the second-largest public school district in the country. “The health and safety of all in the school community is not something we can compromise.”

In a letter to parents, Cindy Marten, superintendent of the San Diego Unified School

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$320,000 in overtime when your base salary is $25,000; It’s the life in the LADWP

Gov. Gavin Newsom calls it a dimmer switch, but for many Golden State businesses, it’s lights out. Again. And it’s a good gig if you can get it — a security guard at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power pulled in a cool $931,000 in overtime over the past three years. His base salary is around $25,000.

It’s Arlene bringing you all the news to know for Monday.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom shut down more parts of California's economy on Monday as coronavirus cases soar.
Gov. Gavin Newsom shut down more parts of California’s economy on Monday as coronavirus cases soar.

Gov. Gavin Newsom shut down more parts of the economy on Monday as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continue to grow. His new order affects 30 counties, or 80% of the Golden State’s population.

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