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Delta Airlines: If You “Can’t” Wear A Mask, Don’t Fly

CNN Business reports: Delta Air Lines will now require medical screenings for passengers who can’t wear face masks due to health reasons — and asks that they reconsider flying altogether as the coronavirus pandemic rages. The strengthened policy adds another layer of protection for passengers who are already mostly required to wear masks while on flights, during boarding and in …

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Walmart To Deploy “Health Ambassadors” Trained To De-Escalate Confrontations Over Face Mask Mandate

The New York Post reports: In a week that saw big chains like Kohl’s, CVS and Target announce that all shoppers must wear masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus, only Walmart said it is creating a dedicated enforcement team. The Bentonville, Ark.-based behemoth said that it will install “health ambassadors” at each location to help implement the rule, which …

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CVS And Target To Require Face Masks In All Stores

CNN Business reports: CVS and Target will require customers to wear masks in their stores across the United States as the retail industry moves to enforce mask mandates to slow the spread of the coronavirus. “We’re joining others in taking the next step and requiring all customers to wear face coverings,” CVS tweeted Thursday. The policy goes into effect Monday. …

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Public Radio Hit Hard By Plummet In Commuting

NPR reports: Broadcast ratings for nearly all of NPR’s radio shows took a steep dive in major markets this spring, as the coronavirus pandemic kept many Americans from commuting to work and school. The network’s shows lost roughly a quarter of their audience between the second quarter of 2019 and the same months in 2020. People who listened to NPR …

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Walmart, Sam’s Club To Require Masks At All Stores

CNBC reports: Walmart and Sam’s Club customers will soon be required to put on a mask or face covering before shopping in stores. The big-box retailer announced the new policy Wednesday and said it will take effect July 20. It said the majority of its approximately 5,000 stores and clubs — about 65% — are in areas where there’s already …

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CA Tesla Plant Sees 130+ Cases, Workers Raise Alarm

The New York Post reports: More than 1,500 Tesla workers have been infected or come in contact with someone who was infected with the coronavirus in recent months, according to a new report. The majority of the cases popped up at Tesla’s Fremont, Calif. factory, according to Tesla blog Electrek. The facility was the focal point of a standoff between …

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Hong Kong Disneyland To Re-Close Amid Small Spike

Forbes reports: When Walt Disney World opened its doors to greet park guests to the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom on July 11, the decision was met with no small amount of criticism. Florida is in the midst of its largest coronavirus surge yet. Critics of Disney’s plan were vocally opposing the resort’s reopening before the July 13 announcement that …

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Historic NYC Bar Loses License For Flouting Rules

Gothamist reports: The historic White Horse Tavern in Greenwich Village has shut down after having its liquor license suspended this week for repeatedly violating NYC’s social distancing rules over the last month, according to the State Liquor Authority (SLA). It is the first bar or restaurant to see its liquor license suspended for such violations since outdoor dining restarted in …

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Thousands Attend Reopening Day At Disney World

Orlando’s NBC News affiliate reports: “The Most Magical Place on Earth” has reopened after nearly four months with new rules in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom opened Saturday, while Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will follow next week. All of Disney’s Central Florida parks closed in mid-March in an …

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Amazon Rescinds Order To Staff On Deleting TikTok

The New York Times reports: Amazon on Friday asked its employees to delete the Chinese-owned video app TikTok from their cellphones, putting the tech giant at the center of growing suspicion and paranoia about the app. Almost five hours later, Amazon reversed course, saying the email to workers was sent in error. In the initial email, which was obtained by …

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Goya CEO Calls Boycott Push “Suppression Of Speech”

Fox News reports: Goya Foods President and CEO Bob Unanue said on Friday that he is not backing down in the face of a boycott over his visit to the White House. Unanue called the pushback against him visiting the White House “suppression of speech.” Unanue said that he was previously invited to the White House for an event hosted …

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Amazon Asks Employees To Delete TikTok From Phones

The New York Times reports: Amazon has asked its employees to delete the Chinese-owned video app TikTok from their cellphones, citing “security risks,” according to a company email sent on Friday. In the email, which was obtained by The New York Times, Amazon officials said that employees must delete the app from any devices that “access Amazon email.” Employees had …

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#BoycottGoya Trends After CEO Slobbers Over Trump

NBC News reports: Goya, which says it’s the nation’s largest Hispanic-owned food brand, is facing a backlash after its chief executive met with and heaped praise on President Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday. On Twitter, #BoycottGoya and #GoyaFoods were trending and some Latinos were also using the hashtag #goyaway. Trump hosted a group of Hispanic supporters — …

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Federal Reserve Says Coin Shortage Is Due To COVID

NBC News reports: About two weeks ago, Jake Devney started having a hard time getting quarters at the bank. Devney owns Coin Clean Laundry in Minneapolis and usually keeps about five to seven days worth of quarters in their coin vault. “Right now, pretty much every other day we have to go and exchange the quarters. So take them out …

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United May Furlough Half Of US Workforce In October

The Chicago Tribune reports: United Airlines is warning 36,000 employees — nearly half its U.S. workforce — they could be furloughed in October, the clearest signal yet of how deeply the coronavirus outbreak is hurting the airline industry. The outlook for a recovery in air travel has dimmed in just the past two weeks, as infection rates rise in much …

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Iconic Clothier Brooks Brothers Files For Bankruptcy

CNBC reports: The coronavirus pandemic has now claimed one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious retailers. Brooks Brothers — pioneer of the polo and uniform of the polished prepster — filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday, as it continues to search for a buyer. The retailer, which is more than two centuries old, boasts of having dressed 40 U.S. presidents …

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Oxycontin Kingpin Jonathan Sackler Dies At Age 65

The Associated Press reports: Jonathan Sackler, one of the owners of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, has died, the company confirmed. Sackler died June 30, according to a court filing. He was 65 and the cause of death was cancer. He was the son of Raymond Sackler, one the brothers who bought drug company Purdue Frederick in 1952, and served as …

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Walmart To Turn Parking Lots Into Drive-In Theaters

USA Today reports: Movie-goers who miss the experience of heading to theaters have a new option for the summer. Walmart will turn 160 of its parking lots into drive-in movie theaters to offer contactless film premieres, the company announced Wednesday. The Tribeca Drive-in team will program the movies, which will run starting in August until October. “Walmart will roll out …

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NYC Closes Dozens Of Blocks For Outside Dining

The New York Daily News reports: More restaurants will be able to serve customers on streets from Chinatown to the Bronx and beyond, under expanded outdoor dining plans announced Thursday. Streets will close on weekends to allow for outdoor dining at 22 locations, according to Mayor de Blasio. The street closures will take place from 5 to 11 p.m. on …

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Apple To Re-Close Stores In Seven More States

Reuters reports: Apple said it would re-close more than two dozen stores in seven states starting Thursday, including its home state of California, bringing total closures to 77 as coronavirus cases continue to rise. The stores will close in Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada and Oklahoma, it said on Wednesday, when additional stores had already closed in Florida, Mississippi, Texas …

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