With spring upon us, states are taking stock of their financial and public health situations. Today’s news selection from Newseum - which comes on the heels of their sixth annual #DayWithoutNews, also covered by services associates Joe Edwards and Simone Schloss - focuses on openings and closures of businesses, institutions, public lands, and more around the country.
The Times of Trenton, published in Trenton, NJ, USA
New Jersey schools join many across the country as Gov. Phil Murphy announces that they will remain closed for the rest of the academic year in order to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.
[image: empty elementary school library, by Rachel Altvater]
Portland Press Herald, published in Portland, Maine USA
Library directors across Maine have been meeting virtually to discuss reopening plans, which are complicated by the high-contact nature of libraries - lending and receiving materials, providing community gathering space, and providing services to vulnerable populations.
Omaha World-Herald, published in Omaha, Neb. USA
Businesses and even churches across Nebraska are reopening, many with reduced capacities and mask requirements. The urge to stimulate the economy came with hopes of providing a sense of normalcy, but business is certainly not carrying on as usual (especially for takeout services, which are still in high demand).
[image: Stewart Beach, Galveston, Texas, by Dana Smith on Flickr]
Galveston County Daily News, published in Galveston, Texas USA
While Gov. Greg Abbott has allowed for the reopening of many Texas businesses at 25% capacity, reopening of the state’s beaches sees no restriction. Some residents report feeling safer outside, despite being in crowds and facing $500 fines for failure to social distance.
Argus Leader, published in Sioux Falls, S.D. USA
After a two-week closure resulting from over 800 positive COVID-19 tests, Smithfield Foods is being pressed to reopen after an executive order from President Donald Trump. S.D. Gov. Kristi Noem expresses her displeasure that the plant has released no plans detailing reopening procedures.
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