Happy Sunday! Today's headlines take a look at what is currently happening around the country. The CDC highly suggest all people of New Jersey wear masks regardless of vaccination status due to rising COVID cases, NYC is still undecided on what exactly school will look like in the fall in terms of safety precautions, unemployment rates in Connecticut continue to drop, mass confusion for business owners as large companies change mask mandates, and speeding tickets across America have risen during the pandemic. These headlines of daily news are courtesy of Newseum.
The Star-Ledger Published in Jersey City, NJ
The CDC says masks should be worn indoors in all corners of New Jersey, as virus levels continue to rise in New Jersey. All 21 counties now either have “high” or “substantial” rates of coronavirus transmission, meaning masks are recommended for indoor public settings regardless of vaccination status. The masking recommendations were issued earlier this month amid the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant.
Chalkbeat Published in New York, NY
One of the biggest questions on the minds of New York City’s public school families, principals, and teachers is what COVID precautions will look like at schools this fall. This school year is set to be far different from either of the last two. Hybrid learning is gone, and the city is planning to welcome every child back to their school building on Sept. 13. State health officials announced Thursday that, unlike last year, they wouldn’t offer any guidance for this fall. Frustrated by the delay and eventual punting on the matter from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration, state education officials have advised districts to use federal school reopening guidelines as a basis for their plans.
New Haven Registered Published in New Haven, CT
Connecticut saw its biggest drop in residents on unemployment since the early weeks of the COVID pandemic, as the state has now begun requiring beneficiaries to prove they are searching for work weekly and as employers stepped up hiring nationally. While the U.S. Department of Labor reported no decline in the number of people filing initial claims, it likewise recorded a large drop in mid-July in continuing claims under pandemic benefits programs. Congress has yet to signal any plan to push back further a scheduled expiration of enhanced unemployment benefits on Sept. 6 that has boosted compensation by an extra $300 a week.
Houston Chronicle Published in Houston, TX
Businesses large and small, from McDonald’s and Home Depot to local yoga studios, are reinstituting mask mandates as U.S. coronavirus cases rise. Bars, gyms, and restaurants across the country are requiring vaccines to get inside. After a largely mask-free summer, it's a reversal no one wanted to see. But for now, customers are far more likely to encounter mask mandates. After lifting mask recommendations for fully vaccinated people in May, the CDC reversed course in late July, recommending masks for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people in areas of higher transmission. The shifting guidance has caused confusion over which rules to enforce and how. Walmart and Target, for instance, recently began requiring masks for employees __ but not customers __ in areas where virus transmission rates are high. McDonald’s is requiring masks for both employees and customers. Home Depot’s mask mandate is nationwide.
Birmingham News, Published in Birmingham, Ala. USA
Motorists put the pedal to the metal during the pandemic and police are worried as roads get busy with the final stretch of summer travel. The latest data shows the number of highway deaths in 2020 was the greatest in more than a decade even though cars and trucks drove fewer miles during the pandemic. With police distracted by civil disobedience and scaling back routine stops for safety, the lightly traveled roads quickly turned into the wild west in many places.
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