Reopening

Hawaii Health Department updates guidance for schools reopening

The Department of Health released updated guidance for public and private schools Monday that aligns better with the new tiered reopening plans at the county level as well as federal guidelines.

The thresholds for shifting from distance learning to in-person instruction, or a mix of the two approaches, are based on the average new daily case rates over two weeks and the positivity rate for COVID-19 testing by island. Those are the same corona­virus factors used for Hono­lulu and Kauai counties’ reopening strategies.

Based on the most recent data, Oahu and Hawaii island could be in “blended learning” — a combination of in-person and online instruction. The rates on the other neighbor islands were low enough to allow for full in-person instruction. Any changes in school models would be phased in over time.

Health officials stressed that what counts most is how ready each school is to use mitigation measures

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Woman’s anger after spending thousands re-opening tea room – and then Tier 2 struck

A mum and daughter ploughed tens of thousands into opening a tea room two weeks ago – but are now in limbo after being hit with high alert restrictions.

Natalie Ide admits there is major uncertainty about the future of her business after opening Loubees Tea Room in Chelmsford, Essex, with her mum Sue.

The 28-year-old said the first she heard of the new tier 2 restrictions coming in – which include no mixing indoors with those outside your household or support bubble – was when she overheard customers discussing it.

The pair originally ran Loubees from a nearby garden centre for over four years, but when their lease wasn’t renewed in May they began work converting a premises in the town’s Moulsham Street.

Natalie Ide is concerned the business will have to close completely

London and parts of

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B.C. Supreme Court tosses parents’ challenge of province’s school reopening plans

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. — A British Columbia Supreme Court judge has dismissed an application by two parents who wanted the province to implement tougher COVID-19 safety measures before schools reopened last month.



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Justice Jasvinder Basran says in an oral decision posted online on Wednesday he is satisfied that the advice of public health officials in B.C. is based on the best available scientific knowledge.

He says evidence shows the officials considered the use of masks in schools, while the creation of learning groups of up to 60 or 120 students was also based on “sound scientific advice” balanced with the need to provide children with an education.

The application filed in late August on behalf of Bernard Trest of White Rock and Gary Shuster of Vancouver, both fathers of school-age kids, named the ministers of health and education as respondents.

They sought an injunction

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Kickin’ Chicken to open new venue on upper peninsula; Charleston Grill reopening | Business

A chicken restaurant chain that got its start on Charleston’s upper peninsula is returning to its roots.

Kickin’ Chicken plans to renovate a former automotive garage at 45 Romney St. and open by late next spring or early summer, depending on rehabilitation, permitting and the coronavirus, according to restaurant partner Chip Roberts.

The 4,145-square-foot dining establishment will include covered patio seating, roll-up garage doors, on-site parking, reserved parking and parking available in a new garage next door.

“We recognized the strong growth of the North Morrison area, especially for future office and multifamily, along with the solid day and nighttime traffic,” Roberts said. “Our team connected with the landlord’s vision to create an inviting, simplistic atmosphere in the rehab of a former automotive garage.”



Pizzeria, bakery and food truck-rooted restaurant debuting across Charleston area

The new location is not far from the chicken chain’s original site that opened in January 1997 at 915 Morrison Drive before moving

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Medical experts ask questions about school reopening before School Board meets Monday

A small group of medical experts met virtually Thursday to weigh in on whether Miami-Dade County Public Schools should open for in-person learning, possibly as soon as this month.

The School Board will hold a special meeting, also virtually, Monday at 11 a.m. to discuss the medical experts’ comments and that possible reopening.

Dr. Aileen Marty, an infectious disease professor at FIU’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, drove the conversation, asking direct questions about the district’s preparedness, from air quality and ventilation to how high-risk activities like music programs will be handled.

Marty said of the eight criteria laid out for reopening schools, all but two had been met. There is a lag in the reporting of school immunizations to the health department, said the school district’s chief of staff, Jaime Torrens, although Marty noted improvement in that area. She also expressed concerns over contact tracing.

A school district spokeswoman

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Millburn/Short Hills Parents Petition Against Online Reopening

MILLBURN, NJ — The Millburn schools are considered among the most competitive in New Jersey, consistently ranking in the top 10 for standardized test scores. But that doesn’t mean all of the parents are pleased — especially since the district announced two weeks ago that students will only be able to learn remotely until Nov. 9 at the earliest.

“Our family and some others relocated to the district specifically because of the reputation regarding its high-quality public schools,” wrote a parent in a petition posted on-line this week, signed by more than 300 parents as of Thursday morning. “However, based on last year’s experience and the poor quality of instruction due to remote learning and teachers inept in the online learning environment (Google Classroom), many are considering moving away.”

Like several nearby districts, the Millburn schools open Tuesday. And like at least 242 districts in New Jersey — more than

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Berkeley Gyms Transition Into New Normal Upon Reopening

BERKELEY, NJ — When The MAX Challenge of Berkeley closed last March, their members lost more than the physical space on 86 Route 9. They maintained classes through Zoom and eventually outdoors, but the situation gave owners Tracey and Mike Keogh new obstacles in maintaining everything the group fitness-focused gym offered.

“By closing the gym, a lot of people, even a lot of our members, went into this really tough place,” Tracey Keogh told Patch.

They felt more than ready once Governor Phil Murphy allowed them to reopen their facility Tuesday, and so did their members. Many New Jersey fitness centers will feature a “new normal” as gym goers return, including temperature checks, face masks and social distancing.

Each gym coped differently as they closed for nearly six months, but they all lacked one thing: certainty.

“We had no answers. There was no projected date,” said Jeff Padula, who owns

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Lacey-Area Gyms Transition Into New Normal Upon Reopening

LACEY, NJ — When The MAX Challenge of Lacey closed last March, their members lost more than the physical space on 800 Lacey Rd. They maintained classes through Zoom and eventually outdoors, but the situation gave owners Tracey and Mike Keogh new obstacles in maintaining everything the group fitness-focused gym offered.

“By closing the gym, a lot of people, even a lot of our members, went into this really tough place,” Tracey Keogh told Patch.

They felt more than ready once Governor Phil Murphy allowed them to reopen their facility Tuesday, and so did their members. Many New Jersey fitness centers will feature a “new normal” as gym goers return, including temperature checks, face masks and social distancing.

Each gym coped differently as they closed for nearly six months, but they all lacked one thing: certainty.

“We had no answers. There was no projected date,” said Jeff Padula, who owns

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How to Navigate a College Reopening

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One thing is clear as students return to some college and university campuses amid the coronavirus pandemic: It will be very tricky to get this right.

Public health experts are concerned that attempts to start in-person classes too soon and an overreliance on imperfect testing practices could lead students to underestimate the risks of getting infected on campus, potentially seeding new outbreaks and spreading COVID-19. That’s especially true with ongoing community spread of the virus in much of the country and difficulty controlling what precautions students take when they’re not in class. 

Some universities opened in-person classes only to suddenly go remote after clusters of coronavirus infections emerged or the number of students testing positive ticked up quickly. Other schools are delaying in-person returns until September or October, and then will limit in-person attendance or require negative test results

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Steve Bannon is busted, educators face schism over schools, and talk of reopening revives questions

It’s Monday, Aug. 24, and even the unexpected Florida story sometimes has us flummoxed.

Take the tale of two Florida men snagged, along with President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager and ideological point man, Steve Bannon. The three were arrested last week for fleecing hundreds of thousands of donors in an online crowdfunding campaign set up to privately finance construction of Trump’s border wall.

Some details you just can’t make up: Bannon, who was an early adviser to the president’s immigration strategy, was arrested on a yacht belonging to the Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui, a Communist Party dissident accused of working as a double agent for China’s government. Wengui is also a Mar-a-Lago member.

Others arrested were Brian Kolfage, of Miramar Beach in the Panhandle, who ran the “We Build the Wall” group and is alleged to have pocketed more than $350,000 to fund a lavish lifestyle, Andrew M. Badolato,

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