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Terror Charge In PA Grocery Store Coughing Incident

The Hill reports: Police on Thursday charged a Pennsylvania woman for making terrorist threats after she coughed on grocery store food while claiming to be sick. Margaret Cirko, 35, allegedly “intentionally contaminated” grocery items by coughing and spitting on them, claiming to be sick while attempting to steal a pack of beer, according to the Hanover Township Police Department. The …

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China Orders All Movie Theaters To Close Again

The Hollywood Reporter reports: China’s film regulators have slammed the brakes on plans to gradually reopen the country’s cinemas. Over 600 movie theaters across China were given the green light to reopen their doors over the past week, but Beijing’s Film Bureau put out a notice late Friday ordering all theaters to go back into shutdown. No official explanation for …

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Ralph Lauren Pledges $10M, Will Make Masks & Gowns

Via press release from the Ralph Lauren Corporation: In response to COVID-19, the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation, formerly known as the Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation, is committing $10 million to help our teams, our partners and our communities impacted by the novel coronavirus pandemic. In addition, the Ralph Lauren Corporation is starting the production of 250,000 masks and 25,000 isolation …

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Grocers Install Sneeze Guards To Protect Cashiers

USA Today reports: Retailers have reduced store hours to make time for deep cleanings and now are adding a new layer of protection – sneeze guards. Walmart and some of the nation’s largest grocery store chains – Kroger and Albertsons – are installing plexiglass barriers or partitions to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus and protect both shoppers and …

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Waffle House Code Red: 365 Locations Close Over Virus

Mediaite reports: Here’s how you know the coronavirus pandemic is really serious: Waffle House is closed. On Tuesday, the company announced on their Facebook page that they were closing an unprecedented 365 locations nationwide — over three times more than were closed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The other 1,627 locations remain open, for now. The 24-hour restaurant chain …

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Starbucks CEO: We’ll Pay All Workers For Next 30 Days

CBS News reports: As the coronavirus pandemic intensifies across the U.S., many restaurants and cafes have switched to drive-thru, delivery and take-out only systems — but still, some workers feel uncomfortable putting their health at risk to come to work. This week, Starbucks said it would pay all of its employees for the next month, even if they choose to …

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Bill Gates On Shutdown: You Can’t Reopen Businesses And Just “Ignore The Pile Of Bodies Over In The Corner”

The Hill reports: “We need to shut down so that the worst case that was happening in [Wuhan, China] or Northern Italy, that we avoid that,” Microsoft founder Bill Gates said in an interview on the TED Connects program, referring to regions hit particularly hard by the virus. Asked about suggestions being floated in the U.S. about relaxing social distancing …

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Amazon Delays Deliveries On Non-Essential Purchases

The New York Daily News reports: Amazon Prime is taking as long as a month to deliver some items that usually arrive in two days as the coronavirus pandemic slams the e-commerce titan. Items such as NutriBullet blenders, computer cables and best-selling books would not be delivered until at least April 21 if ordered on Monday, Amazon listings showed. Shoppers …

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MA Gov Orders Non-Essential Businesses To Close

Boston’s CBS News affiliate reports: Governor Charlie Baker has ordered all non-essential businesses to close, effective noon Tuesday, March 24. The governor also announced Monday that he and state health officials are issuing a stay at home advisory for the residents of Massachusetts. Both will remain in effect until April 7. “We will always allow all grocery stores, pharmacies, and …

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Amazon Workers To Get Double Pay For Overtime

Reuters reports: Amazon.com Inc said on Sunday it is raising overtime pay for associates working in its U.S. warehouses as the world’s largest online retailer tries to meet the rapidly growing demand for online shopping from consumers stuck at home during the coronavirus outbreak. Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest person, also said, “My own time and thinking …

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NY Gov: All Non-Essential Workers Must Stay At Home

NBC News New York reports: Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that 100 percent of non-essential work forces are now required to stay home, calling it “the most drastic measure we can take” as he said the entire state of New York was “on pause.” Two days ago, that decree applied to 50 percent of the non-essential work force. A day …

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MINNESOTA: Gov Classifies Grocery Store Workers As Emergency Personnel, Move Gets Them Free Child Care

NBC News reports: Minnesota has classified grocery store workers as emergency personnel, allowing them to access free child care provided by the state. As people continue to practice social distancing and restaurants and bars remain closed, grocery store workers have essentially become first responders to the crisis, making sure everybody stays fed. For this reason, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz added …

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CLOSING: Shopping Malls, Auto Factories, Ikea, Macy’s

CNBC reports: The biggest mall owner in the U.S., Simon Property Group, announced it will be closing all of its malls and outlet centers in the country, effective at 7 p.m. until March 29. “The health and safety of our shoppers, retailers and employees is of paramount importance,” CEO David Simon said in a statement. Simon is the first U.S. …

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Dow Jones Rebounds +1000 Points On Stimulus News

NBC News reports: Stock markets surged on Tuesday, after the government doubled down on its economic response to the coronavirus outbreak, ramping up financial assistance for affected businesses, and floating a $1 trillion stimulus package that includes putting cash in the hands of Americans. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended the day with a gain of around 1,000 points, bouncing …

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Amazon Pauses Inbound “Non-Essential” Products

Reuters reports: Amazon.com Inc is suspending sellers from sending non-essential products to its U.S. and U.K. warehouses until April 5 in the latest move to free up inventory space for much-needed supplies that are in shortage as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. In a note sent to sellers on Tuesday, Amazon said it is seeing increasing online shopping demand …

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Marriott Hotels Set To Lay Off Tens Of Thousands

USA Today reports: Marriott International is poised to place tens of thousands of employees on furlough as the hotel giant reels from the coronavirus outbreak. The travel industry is grappling with a tidal wave of cancelations as Americans heed public warnings to stay home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Marriott, which had about 174,000 employees globally at the end …

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Amazon Seeks 100,000 New Hires As Orders Surge

The New York Post reports: Amazon late on Monday announced plans to hire 100,000 new workers in the U.S. to keep up with a surge of orders from people confined to their homes during the coronavirus outbreak. The Seattle-based company said this weekend that a steep increase of orders is putting its operations under pressure. It warned shoppers that it …

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Starbucks Closes Some Outlets, To-Go Only All Others

The Seattle Times reports: In a bid to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, Starbucks will temporarily close some of its North American locations and will shift to a “to-go” model at the rest of its more than 10,000 North American stores. The closures, which were announced and implemented Sunday afternoon, will last at least two weeks and will …

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Producers Reassure: Plenty Of Food In US Supply Chain

The New York Times reports: The aisles and aisles of empty store shelves give the appearance that the United States, improbably and alarmingly, is running out of food. But the nation’s biggest retailers, dairy farmers and meat producers say that isn’t so. The food supply chain, they say, remains intact and has been ramping up to meet the unprecedented stockpiling …

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Ohio Gov Closes Bars, Takeout Only For Restaurants

The Columbus Dispatch reports: Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine ordered bars and restaurants to shut down to slow the spread of coronavirus. Ohio has 37 cases diagnosed so far. The governor also indicated that schools might stay closed through the school year. Gov. Mike DeWine and the state health director ordered all Ohio bars and restaurants to close by 9 p.m. …

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