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NJ Gov. Phil Murphy announces plans to rescind reopening plans because of COVID-19 cases in OTHER states

In a lengthy thread on Twitter, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) announced that he was rolling back his state’s reopening plans because of coronavirus cases in states other than New Jersey.

As testing has increased nationwide, a number of states have seen their total number of COVID-19 cases rise. However, the weekly death toll continues to decline, suggesting that either the disease is weakening, as some experts have suggested, or that the “spike” in cases does not indicate that the virus is actually spreading faster.

Either way, Murphy is not alone: even Republican governors like Greg Abbott of Texas and Ron DeSantis of Florida have rolled back some of the business reopenings in their states because of concerns about the number of new cases.

Murphy also complained that in some places where dining was allowed in New Jersey, people were not following the rules:

Notably, he did not provide any evidence that these activities have increased the spread of coronavirus in his state, or increased the toll of people who have died or gotten seriously ill from the virus.

Murphy then did his best impersonation of a teacher explaining why he has to punish the entire class for the behavior of one student, except, of course, he did not seem to realize that he was talking to taxpayers who pay his salary.

Furthermore, while Murphy sees a big problem with taxpayers eating peacefully at tables separated from each other, he did not see a problem with people packed closely together for the purpose of protesting the police.

In a statement earlier this month, Murphy said, “It’s one thing to protest what day nail salons are opening and it’s another to come out and peaceful protest about somebody who was murdered right before our eyes.”

The coronavirus was not available for comment as to whether it cared about the reason people were gathering in large groups or not.

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AMC plans to reopen most US theaters in July, will not require face masks

Americans have been starving for traditional forms of entertainment — like in-theater movies and sports — since the lockdowns inspired by the coronavirus pandemic brought many traditional recreational activities to a halt in late March. However, one sign that things may slowly be returning to normal is that the nation’s largest movie theater chain, AMC Theatres, plans to have most of its theaters open by July 15.

According to Variety, AMC plans to resume operations in 450 of its 600 theaters on July 15, and plans to be fully operational by the end of July. The company announced that it will reduce seating capacity in order to encourage social distancing and rework its cleaning procedures. The chain also stated that it plans to have hand-sanitizing stations throughout the theater and will have more contact-free concessions.

AMC CEO Adam Aron insisted that the company would be ready to reopen, and wasn’t basing their decision on a crunch for funding, telling Variety, “We didn’t rush to reopen. There were some jurisdictions in some states, such as Georgia and Texas, that allowed people to reopen theaters in mid-May. We opted to remain closed, so we could give the country time to get a better handle on coronavirus. We wanted to use this time to figure out how best to open and how to do so safely.”

While many will welcome the return of movie theaters as part of a sense of a return of normalcy, others have been highly critical of AMC’s decision to announce that they will not require customers to wear masks, although employees will be required to do so.

“We did not want to be drawn into a political controversy,” Aron said. “We thought it might be counterproductive if we forced mask wearing on those people who believe strongly that it is not necessary. We think that the vast majority of AMC guests will be wearing masks.”

Aron also announced that AMC will sell masks for a $1 at the door for customers who forgot to bring one.

AMC’s largest competitors, Cinemark and Regal, will also not require customers to wear masks.

The news was met with consternation by some, particularly liberals.

The use of face masks and their requirement within the context of the coronavirus pandemic has been a controversial issue. The CDC recommends the use (after fluctuating on the issue), but the WHO still does not recommend the “widespread” use in public settings among healthy people. As more Americans resume their daily activities, the hot button issue of mask usage is likely to gain even more political significance.

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Anyone who wants to attend President Trump’s Tulsa rally next week has to sign a COVID-19 waiver

President Donald Trump announced this week that he was going to have his first major political rally since the start of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown. The event is set for June 19 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

He and his campaign have made it clear that they do not believe that the concerns over the spread of the virus at a large gathering should preclude coming together.

Many of the campaign’s backers have also noted that the president’s detractors — largely on the left — suddenly rediscovered their worries about the spread COVID-19 at what is likely to be a massive gathering. Anti-Trumpers spent weeks of ignoring the disease’s dangers while protests and riots went on around the nation following the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

But how confident is the Trump campaign that there’s nothing to worry about?

The campaign’s website warns would-be rallygoers that there is a COVID-19 exposure risk if they come to the rally and that the campaign and the venue will not be held responsible if people contract the virus.

What’s going on?

Health experts have repeatedly warned Americans that large gatherings are dangerous in these days of the coronavirus pandemic and that these groups exacerbate the risk of spreading the disease.

But as we all know, those warnings have been ignored by people on both ends of the political spectrum — and in between.

Experts warned about a potential spike in COVID-19 cases when Wisconsinites were going out to vote April 7. But there was no spike.

When the coronavirus oracles saw the huge crowds at Lake of the Ozarks over Memorial Day weekend, they were appalled and warned about a coming spike in COVID-19 cases. But health officials found no new cases linked to the partiers.

Pro-lockdown partisans attacked gatherings of citizens marching to demand the reopening of the economy, like the famous Michigan protests that garnered so much hate and ridicule from the left.

The ire from many on the left against those who want to be able to gather for worship services has been an ongoing source of tension.

But hypocrisy was soon to rear its head.

In the wake of the horrific death of George Floyd, the frantic warnings against public gatherings suddenly went quiet as protesters took to the street to peacefully demonstrate for police reforms — and as rioters destroyed businesses, burned buildings, and took over several blocks of a major American city.

But this week, President Trump was able to get his critics to once again remember the seriousness of the coronavirus by announcing the June 19 Tulsa rally.

And though the president’s team rightfully mocked Trump’s opponents’ two-facedness — perhaps most notably Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.), who, just days after speaking at a major George Floyd “Hope and Healing” rally, ripped the president’s planned rallies as “irresponsible and selfish” — they did add a COVID-19 warning to the campaign website’s rally registration.

Anyone who wants to get tickets to the Tulsa rally will see this note on the site’s signup page:

By clicking register below, you are acknowledging that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. By attending the Rally, you and any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.; BOK Center; ASM Global; or any of their affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, or volunteers liable for any illness or injury.

Image source: DonaldJTrump.com screenshot

The move could be merely a legal CYA move for the campaign and the venue. Or it could be an admission that maybe large public gatherings aren’t as safe as some would have us believe.

Jury’s still out since getting a straight and consistent answer about anything COVID-related is a challenge.

(H/T: Westport News)

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Idaho offers $1,500 bonuses to get people to return to work

How do you compete with the federal government’s coronavirus unemployment plan that incentivizes people to stay unemployed?

Idaho Republican Gov. Brad Little has an
idea: Offer Idahoans a major “bonus” to get back to work.

What is Idaho doing?

When the U.S. Congress passed and President Donald Trump signed the coronavirus relief bill, critics pointed out that one very significant provision in the bill could encourage people to remain unemployed.

The $2.2 trillion bill included a $250 billion expansion for unemployment benefits that not only extended the time workers could receive benefits from 26 weeks to 39 weeks, but also added $600 per week on top of what they would normally receive for up to four months.

That $600 per week in addition what a worker normally received — typically half of a worker’s weekly wages — was what caught critics’ eyes. They noted that the upgraded unemployment benefits would encourage people not to work because they would be making more on unemployment than if they returned to work. Those concerns turned out to be warranted, as one Washington state business
demonstrated.

In order to encourage the Gem State’s population to get back to work, Gov. Little said Friday that the state will use up to $100 million in federal relief funds to give onetime bonuses of $1,500 to full-time workers and $750 to part-time workers who return to work instead of remaining on unemployment, the Idaho Statesman
said. Bonuses will also be available to laid-off workers who are already back on the job.

The plan to get people to choose work over inflated unemployment payments will cover up to 70,000 workers.

The Associated Press
reported that the governor’s budget chief, Alex Adams, said the bonus program could also be supplemented with unused money from a $300 million program set up to help small businesses in Idaho.

Little said about 60% of workers receiving unemployment benefits under the federal stimulus package are making more money on unemployment, but noted that that’s no way to rebuild an economy.

“A strong economic rebound cannot occur without workers returning to a job, and the new Return to Work cash bonuses incentivize our workforce to get back to work safely,” Little said.

Can it be done?

Critics of the move, however, say the governor is just adding another layer of bureaucracy to a state Labor Department that is already failing its citizens by mishandling unemployment claims.

The Statesman editorial board
said that the state’s “inability to provide unemployment benefits for thousands of Idahoans has become a disgrace.” According to the paper, “an untold number of Idahoans are still without benefits” — and not only have many people not seen a check, some citizens still have not been contacted about their benefits status.

More from the Statesman:

Little began his press conference by expressing his concern that people who make more money on enhanced unemployment would have no incentive to go back to work.

So he announced that the state will offer $1,500 bonuses to unemployed Idahoans who return to work rather than stay on unemployment.

Gov. Little, this is the least of your problems. You’ve got a bigger one that’s more immediate — that you need to take care of right now.

A go-back-to-work bonus payment will only add yet another layer of bureaucracy on top of a bureaucracy that’s not working.

If the state can’t efficiently get unemployment payments to all of its legitimate recipients, how does it plan to get $1,500 checks to full-time workers and $750 checks to part-time workers who return to jobs? And if Little and state officials think there won’t be hangups in distributing that money to workers, then why are there still so many problems with distributing the unemployment money?

The paper further noted that the governor’s plan includes bonuses for anyone who filed a claim since March 1, but the Labor Department has not yet even processed many of those claims.

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Gov. Phil Murphy announces he is ending New Jersey’s ‘stay at home’ order

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) announced via Twitter Tuesday that he was signing an executive order lifting the state’s “stay at home” order. The move surprised many, considering that Murphy announced late Thursday night that he was extending the state’s public health emergency for another 30 days.

In the tweet, Murphy stated that he would sign the order “today” and said, “Please continue to be responsible and safe. Wear face coverings and keep a social distance from others when out in public.” In a series of subsequent tweets, Murphy offered a sort of explanation for his abrupt about-face on the necessity of a stay-at-home order.

It was not clear from Gov. Murphy’s thread of tweets whether businesses and churches would be affected by his executive order or not. According to the latest guidance issued by the state, restaurants will be able to accept customers for outdoor dining on July 15 and businesses like hair and nail salons can reopen with restrictions on June 22.

Murphy also made news last week when he admitted that a double standard was being applied to the protests about George Floyd’s death as compared to church services and other gatherings protected by the First Amendment.

According to reports, Murphy said, “It’s one thing to protest what day nail salons are opening and it’s another to come out and peaceful protest about somebody who was murdered right before our eyes.” Of course, for the purposes of an infectious disease, they are exactly the same, since diseases are not known for their social conscience.

Murphy’s announcement comes as Attorney General William Barr is being asked to investigate whether some states are impermissibly favoring the George Floyd protests over other protected activities with respect to their coronavirus guidelines.

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As riots rage, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer rescinds her lockdown order, readies state to reopen?

Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Monday that she has lifted the state’s stay-at-home order allowing many retailers to reopen Thursday and bars and restaurants to reopen to 50% capacity on June 8.

The move, which also eases limits on the number of people permitted to gather outside, comes as protests over George Floyd’s death and riots continue to rock cities across the United States.

“We’re taking a big step forward today in Michigan,” Whitmer said during a news conference, according to the Detroit Free Press, before adding that residents should still “stay smart, stay safe, and if you fit the criteria, get tested.”

“The data has shown that we’re ready to carefully move our state into this next phase,” she added. “While Michiganders are no longer required to stay home, we must all continue to practice social distancing.”

Some businesses, such as gyms, hair salons, barbershops, indoor theaters and casinos, will remain closed, she said.

Residents, who had been under some of the strictest social distancing measures since the order was first issued on March 23, will now be able to return to some semblance of normal life. Though certain restrictions are still in effect, such as the requirement to wear masks in enclosed areas.

Michigan, one the states hardest hit by the coronavirus, has been experiencing a steady decline in daily confirmed cases and deaths since its peak in early April.

However, the timing of Whitmer’s decision to rescind the order is likely to draw ire from some. Especially from those who may remember when the governor responded harshly to those who protested against her social distancing measures last month. At the time, Whitmer claimed without proof that the protesters were endangering themselves and others by spreading the virus to rural areas of the state as a result of the demonstrations.

Yet now, as large-scale protests against the killing of George Floyd ramp up in Detroit, Whitmer has opted to encourage such demonstrations.

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Liberty University, once accused of being reckless for reopening during pandemic, finishes semester — with 0 coronavirus cases

Liberty University, once criticized for choosing to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic, finished its spring semester without a single confirmed case, The College Fix reported Tuesday.

In March, the Christian university came under heavy fire for its decision to resume classes.

What are the details?

In the early days of the pandemic, college President Jerry Falwell Jr. announced that the school would reopen for students with a necessity to remain in campus housing.

In a year-end note to students, Falwell wrote, “We are thankful to God that nobody who lived in a campus residence hall or who worked in a campus office tested positive for the virus. No positive COVID-19 test anywhere in our region was linked to Liberty students who returned to their dorms after Spring Break.”

Falwell pointed out that the only COVID-19 cases that the university community saw were as a result of employees working from home.

“[T]heir infections were all traced to contacts in the local community with persons infected with COVID who were not related to Liberty,” he added.

Falwell opted to reopen the campus amid the pandemic and criticized an “overreaction” to the disease.

“We think it’s irresponsible for so many universities to just say ‘Closed, you can’t come back,’ push the problem off on other communities and sit there in their ivory towers,” Falwell said in March. “We’re conservative, we’re Christian, and therefore we’re being attacked.”

What else?

Falwell made similar statements about the overall health of the Virginia campus in May.

Falwell hit out at media misinformation following a contentious New York Times report that alleged “nearly a dozen” college students were “sick with symptoms that suggested COVID-19.”

In an interview with Glenn Beck, Falwell insisted that there were just a “couple of off-campus cases, like bus drivers.”

The university plans to reopen at full capacity for its fall semester.

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California Gov. Newsom now says churches can reopen — just days after President Trump declared houses of worship ‘essential’

California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday churches can reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic, Fox News reported, just days after President Donald Trump declared houses of worship “very important essential places of faith.”

What are the details?

Newsom’s guidelines say places of worship can reopen if county health officials give their approval and as long as they limit attendance to 25% of capacity or 100 people, whichever is less, Fox News said.

They also must set parameters for physical distancing, singing, and recitations, as well as encourage all to wear face masks and establish new cleaning and disinfection protocols, the cable network said.

The governor’s guidelines also recommend possibly seating congregants in alternating rows as well as having family members in the same household sit together while others spread out, Fox News said.

In addition, houses of worship are urged to modify shared communion, possibly by avoiding common cup use, receiving communion upon the hand instead of the tongue, and providing pre-packaged communion items in pews, the network said.

According to the Associated Press, in-person religious services are part of phase three of Newsom’s reopening plan, which he had said could be weeks away.

The Department of Health will examine the coronavirus impact of reopening houses of worship in three weeks, Fox News said, as it will allow churches one week to prepare and reopen and 14 days for the COVID-19 incubation period.

Trump: ‘If they don’t do it, I will override the governors’

Trump said Friday churches and other places of worship are essential services under federal guidelines, and governors should let them reopen immediately.

“The governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important essential places of faith to open right now,” the president said. “For this weekend. If they don’t do it, I will override the governors. In America, we need more prayer, not less.”

Trump added, “Some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential but have left out houses of worship. That’s not right.”

Federal appeals court backed Newsom’s ban

Also on Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld Newsom’s ban on in-person church services after a California church argued that his lockdown orders violated First Amendment rights.

Last week, over 1,200 California pastors said they would defy Newsom’s shelter-in-place executive order and resume in-person church services.

Anything else?

In addition, Newsom also is allowing retailers to reopen for in-store shopping statewide if OK’d by county health officials, Fox News said, adding that personal services such as salons and barbershops still aren’t allowed to reopen.


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Dr. Fauci ‘totally in favor’ of reopening America — because remaining closed could cause ‘irreparable damage’

Dr. Anthony Fauci says if America doesn’t reopen soon, it will suffer “irreparable damage.”

What are the details?

On Friday, White House health adviser Fauci said that he supports reopening the country, and insisted that the country “can’t stay locked down.”

Fauci has been working with the Trump administration since the early days of the pandemic in order to gauge a proper and effective response to the deadly virus.

In a statement, Fauci told CNBC, “I don’t want people to think that any of us feel that staying locked down for a prolonged period of time is the way to go.”

He said that the government had no other choice during the initial days of the COVID-19 outbreak to shut down.

“[It] had to do that,” he said.

Fauci added that proper precautions needs to be put in place — and soon — because the time has come to “seriously look at reopening the economy.”

“[N]ow is the time, depending upon where you are and what your situation is, to begin to seriously look at reopening the economy, reopening the country to try to get back to some degree or normal,” he said.

“I’m totally in favor of that if done in the proper way and appropriate setting,” he added.

What else?

Fauci did issue a warning, however, and advised against relaxing social distancing measures too soon, and pointed out his concerns that some areas across the United States may be skipping steps or rushing through them in order to reopen.

“In general, I think most of the country is [using social distancing measures] in a prudent way,” he said. “There are obviously some situations where people might be jumping over that. I just say please proceed with caution if you’re going to do that.”

At the time of this writing, researchers at Johns Hopkins University estimate that at least 5,169,907 coronavirus cases have been confirmed around the world, with at least 335,995 deaths resulting from the deadly respiratory disease.

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CDC has quietly released a plan for reopening America — weeks after many states have already begun phasing out lockdowns

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quietly released detailed guidelines for reopening America this week despite all 50 states having already begun the process of phasing out lockdowns.

The guidelines came in a 60-page document posted on the CDC’s website and weren’t accompanied with any public announcement, NBC News reported Tuesday.

Included in the document are recommendations for cleaning and social distancing in bars and restaurants, rotating shifts and installing physical barriers in workplace environments, and eating lunch in classrooms rather than cafeterias in schools. The language in the document does not present the guidelines as mandatory, but rather as helpful considerations.

But the late effort from the health agency is unlikely to have any significant effect as all 50 states have already started reopening processes, according to PBS. Some states such as Texas have reopened with only minor restrictions, while other states like New York still have strict limitations in place.

This is interesting: Noticeably left out of the document is any guidance for religious gatherings.

The White House and the CDC have been at odds at times regarding instruction on how to reopen the country. In April, the White House released its own guidelines, which incorporated some CDC recommendations but opted to leave much of the reopening decision-making to state and local leaders.

The Associated Press reported last week that the Trump administration had shelved a comprehensive draft CDC guidance on reopening the country. Senior administration officials told CBS News that the release of the guidance alongside the White House guidelines would send a “mixed message.”

Here’s more about the document release:


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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger goes to the barber — and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is not happy about it

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger underwent season-ending elbow surgery in September, just two weeks into the 2019 season. At the time, the veteran quarterback said he wouldn’t cut his hair or trim his beard again until he could throw “a legit NFL pass.”

This week, much to the delight of Steeler Nation, the team released a video of Big Ben completing passes during a workout with teammates.

But at least one well-known Pennsylvania resident was not happy about it: Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.

Why was the governor bent out of shape?

After the Steelers’ video showed footage of Roethlisberger throwing to running back James Conner and wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, the post cut to the all-star passer sitting in a barber chair with his hair cut and beard trimmed.

Image source: Twitter screenshot

That was a big problem for Wolf.

Reacting to the Roethlisberger video, the governor made it clear at a news conference Tuesday that he disapproved of anyone who would put themselves and others “in harm’s way” by patronizing businesses that should not be open yet as dictated by the state’s reopening plan, the Washington Post said.

“Anybody who puts himself or herself into harm’s way is something that I think we have to try to avoid,” he said.

Norman’s Cuttin’ Edge Barbershop where Roethlisberger got his trim is in a Pittsburgh suburb in Allegheny County, which, according to ESPN, has not moved past the governor’s “yellow phase” designation that requires the continued closure of all hair salons and barbershops. Those businesses can open once the county they are in has moved to the “green phase.”

“When you go to something like a barbershop and you’re not protected, I don’t care who you are, the chances of that virus wreaking havoc on your life increases,” Wolf stated. “I don’t think any Pennsylvanian ought to take that chance. I certainly don’t want to take that chance myself.”

ESPN reported that the shop’s owner, Carlos Norman, is friends with Roethlisberger. According to Norman’s lawyer, the shop has been closed since the governor’s initial shutdown order, though he did cut the quarterback’s hair as a favor and for free.

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Kentucky business tells customers to ‘stop listening’ to ‘dumbass’ Democratic governor, refuses to require masks in store

A convenience store in Kentucky posted a sign saying “no face masks” were allowed to be worn in the store and urged customers to stop listening to the state’s “dumbass” governor who said Kentuckians will have to wear masks in public as efforts to reopen the state get underway, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

After an angry customer complained about the store’s sign, the business “clarified” the sign’s intent and said no one would be denied entry for wearing a mask.

What happened?

Alvin’s Kitchen in Manchester is a convenience store that also includes dining options. The store posted a sign on its front door that raised the ire of at least one potential customer Monday.

The sign, which ripped Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear while seeming to ban mask wearers, said: “No face masks allowed in store. Lower your mask or go somewhere else! Stop listening to Beshear. He’s a dumbass.”

Gov. Beshear said last month that as businesses begin opening in phases everyone will be required to wear masks while out in public, the Herald-Leader reported, adding, “He said if you’re on a run or walk by yourself you won’t have to wear one, but that you must wear one when going to the store.”

Though the governor told the people that no arrests or citations would be made for those who choose not to wear a mask, police will be under orders to tell non-mask wearers to put one on.

Alvin’s message made the rounds on social media Monday afternoon and Tuesday after a Facebook user posted and urged fellow citizens to “spread their shame.” He threatened that the state government “will be notified about this and a few other things.”

Several commenters on the Facebook post lauded the store’s stance and blasted the Facebook poster for shaming the business:

  • “Being a cry baby ain’t gonna do anything to stop them from doing what they want.”
  • “It’s people’s right to choose. … ‘My body, my choice.’ Thats what liberals always say. … I haven’t worn a mask, will not wear a mask, and there isn’t a bureaucrat in this state that can make me do so.”
  • “[Y]ou don’t HAVE to go in the store, no one is forcing you in there. Just go somewhere else.”
  • “I love this & may just drive from Berea just to shop here!”
  • “I will drive out of my way tomorrow to get gas here.”
  • “Shame? Let’s applaud this person! Are you kidding.”
  • “Little cry baby B#### gonna call Frankfort and the snowflake gonna cry…”
  • “You’re a rat.”
  • “Covid snitch.”

However, several of the business’ critics called the store childish and hypocritical, pointing out that the store actually sells Trump 2020 face masks and that it didn’t make sense for Alvin’s to ban mask wearers.

How did Alvin’s respond?

After the store’s sign got national attention, the business clarified on Facebook that no one was going to be turned away for wearing a mask.

Their point, they said, was not to tell people not to wear masks but to remind them that it’s their choice — not the government’s choice to make for them.

We would like to clarify the statement behind our sign, we posted on the front door of our store. First of all, we would never deny any customer access inside our store, that is wearing a mask or not wearing a mask. We are not telling you to not wear a mask, what we are saying is, its your choice to wear one or not, not our governments choice for us. While some got the meaning behind it, alot did not. We didnt mean to offend anyone, but we will not apologize for our beliefs in our freedom to make our own decisions, that our government wants to make for us. We strive to keep our customers safe, and our employees.

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Good news for anyone hoping to look like a lunatic: New ‘Pac-Man’ face mask invention allows you to eat while keeping your mask on

Americans have been asked to do — and not do — a lot of things during the coronavirus pandemic.

Stay home. Socially distance. Homeschool. Don’t go to church. Snitch on neighbors. Wipe down everything. Follow orders.

The latest fight has been over face masks: Some states and localities are requiring that citizens wear them in public, and some businesses are telling customers that, like shirts and shoes, masks are required.

Many people have not taken kindly to the requirements and have even gone as far as to call mask requirements “Sharia-lite.”

So as some areas and restaurants begin to reopen, what is a person who wants to go out to dinner to do if local governments require or “strongly encourage” masks?

Israeli inventors have the answer: the “Pac-Man” mask, KXAS-TV reported.

Image source: KXAS-TV video screenshot

They have created a mask that allows a person to eat without taking the mask off. The user squeezes a lever that opens a slot in the mask and allows him to eat like Pac-Man.

Inventors say that the mask makes visiting a restaurant less risky, KXAS said. But is that accurate?

The Mayo Clinic website says cloth masks “can help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by people who have the disease but don’t realize it.” Those cloth masks, the site says, “should include multiple layers of fabric,” which the Pac-Man mask clearly does not — at least at the opening.

Image source: KXAS-TV video screenshot

Live Science reported that experts do not agree about the efficacy of cloth masks. Multiple studies have given a wide range of results on how useful the masks truly are — but none of the experts cited by Live Science said a giant opening in a mask would be helpful.

Also, the masks are to cover the mouth and nose of the user. A mask with an opening does not keep the mouth and/or nose covered.

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Mannequins will be seated inside renowned restaurant to help with social distancing when it reopens

While restaurants in some parts of Virginia are reopening Friday amid the coronavirus pandemic, the state is mandating that customers can be seated only in outdoor spaces, the Virginian-Pilot reported.

Since the “al fresco mandate wouldn’t work” for the Inn at Little Washington nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Washingtonian reported, owner and chef Patrick O’Connell hatched a novel plan for his tony three-Michelin-star establishment when it reopens for 50%-capacity indoor dining May 29.

What’s the plan?

Mannequins decked out in 1940s attire will be seated at tables to help actual human patrons keep their social distance from each other and fill out what otherwise would be a half-empty restaurant, the Washingtonian said.

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Servers will even pour wine for the mannequins and ask them about their evening, the outlet added.

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“I’ve always had a thing for mannequins — they never complain about anything and you can have lots of fun dressing them up,” O’Connell stated, according to Food & Wine. “When we needed to solve the problem of social distancing and reducing our restaurant’s occupancy by half, the solution seemed obvious — fill it with interestingly dressed dummies. This would allow plenty of space between real guests and elicit a few smiles and provide some fun photo ops.”

O’Connell, a self-taught cook, is a multiple James Beard Award winner, as well as the 2019 recipient of the James Beard Foundation’s lifetime achievement award, the Virginian-Pilot said, adding that he also was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2019.

“We’re all craving to gather and see other people right now,” O’Connell told the Virginian-Pilot. “They don’t all necessarily need to be real people.”

The Inn at Little Washington is about 90 minutes west of Washington, D.C.

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Woman holding ‘We Are Free’ sign while sitting on beach dragged away by cops: ​’This is a power trip. This has nothing to do with the virus.’

A woman holding a “We Are Free” sign while sitting on the sand Sunday in Miami Beach was dragged away by police who arrested and charged her with violating an emergency order, trespassing, and resisting an officer without violence,
WTVJ-TV reported.

Kimberly Falkenstine, 33, was protesting coronavirus-related beach closures and refused to leave after officers confronted her, the station said.


Image source: Miami-Dade Corrections & Rehabilitation

What are the details?

Officers spotted Falkenstine sitting on the beach shortly after she and her husband took part in a protest at Lummus Park where demonstrators demanded that South Florida reopen its beaches and economy, WTVJ reported.

“The defendant mentioned that the beach was for the public and that it was her right to be there,” the station said, citing an arrest report. WTVJ added that Falkenstine was booked into jail.

‘This is a power trip. This has nothing to do with the virus.’

The entire event was captured on video by a man speaking to Falkenstine as she walked to the beach with her sign.

Approaching the beach’s entrance, she marveled at the “ridiculous” number of officers patrolling the otherwise empty beach: “This is a power trip. This has nothing to do with the virus.”


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After Falkenstine walked on the beach and sat down near the water, a patrol vehicle with its lights flashing drove up to her:


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Soon there were three vehicles on the case:


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Then a trio of officers made their long walk from the sidewalk to the spot where Falkenstine was sitting on the sand:


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After which she raised her sign over her head:


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In short order, the officers grabbed her arms:


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As police dragged her away, a crowd gathered on the sidewalk and cheered her on:


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Here’s the clip:


COVID-1984: Florida woman arrested after she sat in the sand at Miami Beach and refused to leave

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Gov. Inslee to Washington state restaurants: Want to reopen? You’ll have to help us track citizens’ movements

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) on May 1 published his state’s four-phase plan to reopen, which went into effect May 5. Dine-in restaurants can finally begin reopening in Phase 2.

Until Monday, no one knew what the requirements would be for restaurants wanting to do business. But now, restaurants in eight counties that have been approved to jump to Phase 2 immediately are discovering that Inslee’s order includes maintaining a log of customers that would lay the groundwork for a contact-tracing plan that would track citizens’ movements.

What’s that now?

Gov. Inslee’s plan always included a Phase 2 that would allow dine-in restaurants and taverns to open at 50% capacity, but he offered zero initial details on what the businesses’ requirements would be should they choose to reopen.

After a total of eight counties were approved Friday and Monday to move to Phase 2, the governor posted his 13 requirements for any dine-in facilities that wanted to do business.

The new requirements include party-size limits, a ban on bar seating, hand-sanitizer stations, occupancy caps, distance between seats, proscriptions on buffets, single-use-only menus, and staffing guidance.

But one requirement is raising eyebrows.

Inslee told restaurants they must keep a log of all customers’ names, phone numbers, emails, and arrival times, and maintain those logs for at least 30 days.

The logs will reportedly be part of a statewide plan to track citizens’ movements.

From the governor’s website:

If the establishment offers table service, create a daily log of all customers and maintain that daily log for 30 days, including telephone/email contact information, and time in. This will facilitate any contact tracing that might need to occur.

Eater noted that no one knows how the tracking info will be maintained and handled. Also, the governor was not clear on what would happen to the data once it’s no longer needed.

Inslee addressed concerns about the state’s contact-tracing plan Tuesday and said the state would have the authority to prevent restaurant data from being used for anything other than contact tracing, Eater reported.

However, he said the state is still working on how exactly it would protect the data.

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Poll: Majority of Americans say reopening the country during COVID-19 pandemic is just not worth the risk

A new poll from ABC News/Ipsos reports that most Americans are “resistant” to reopening the country amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

What are the details?

The poll’s findings, which were released Friday, report that reopening the country is seen as a “greater risk” among most Americans.

The poll said that Americans, “by a large 30-point margin,” are “resistant” to reopening the U.S. in the coming days.

“[N]early two-thirds of Americans said they more closely align with the view that opening the country now is not advantageous since it will result in a higher death toll, while slightly more than one-third agree with the belief that an immediate reopening is beneficial to minimize the negative impact on the economy,” a portion of the report said.

Just 6% of Democrats believe that America should reopen now, as such a move would be imperative to bolstering the economy, while 65% of Republicans believe the same. Ninety-two percent of Democrats are opposed to an immediate reopening, and 35% of Republicans are also opposed to an immediate reopening because of the virus’ spread.

What else?

Twenty-five percent Americans say they were not likely to receive a vaccination against the coronavirus if one were developed and approved by the FDA. About 75%, however, said that they would “likely” receive such a vaccination.

Dr. Carlos del Rio, an infectious disease expert at Emory University, told ABC News that there will always be a contingent of people, however, who will not receive a vaccine no matter what the treatment is for.

“There’s always been an anti-vaccine group of individuals that are going to refuse vaccines no matter what,” del Rio said. “The question is, how do they impact other people.”

“You always have a sense of anxiety that this is a new vaccine. Is it safe? Is it effective,” he added. “But if a vaccine is safe, then the problem that you run into is complacency.”

“It’s not just the skeptics, it’s truly ones that don’t actively go looking for a vaccine,” the medical expert said.

He pointed out the importance of such vaccines, insisting that they “save lives.”

“We frequently tend to underestimate [vaccines’] benefit and overestimate the risk,” he warned.

You can read more of the poll’s findings here.

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WATCH: Communism lauding leftists try to shame ‘Reopen California’ protesters — it doesn’t end well for them

BlazeTV host of “Slightly Offens*ve,” Elijah Schaffer, hit the streets of Los Angeles to attend one of the hundreds of protests across the country against stay-at-home orders amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and to expose the hypocrisy of far-left radicals who oppose the bipartisan fight to reopen our country.

Throughout the demonstration, Schaffer was continually approached, physically confronted, and threatened by counterprotesters, many carrying signs lauding communism, who simultaneously demanded that he comply with social distancing orders.

“You guys aren’t socially distancing. You guys are counterproductive to the goal of reopening by spreading the disease like this,” noted one counterprotester, who stood mere inches away wearing a mask over his chin, his nose and mouth fully exposed.

Another self-identified “hard core leftist” actually removed his mask to speak closely into the potentially virus-infested microphone.

“What surprises me the most out of all of this is that communists who are opposing this, being the people of the worker, are opposing workers getting back to work,” Elijah said.

Watch the video below to see Elijah take on the left-wing hypocrites at the “Reopen California” protest in Los Angeles:

(Content warning: Strong language and violent content.)

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Data show Americans are returning to normal life whether state and local officials like it or not

As the coronavirus pandemic wanes, new mobility data shows that Americans are no longer sheltering in place to the extent they did several weeks ago, despite continued state and local guidelines.

What are the details?

According to Apple’s mobility trends report — which tracks people’s searches for directions on Apple Maps — traffic in America has more than doubled in the last three weeks since its low point at -60% from the baseline. As of Saturday, that number had risen to only -16% from the baseline.

Another report, this one from location data provider Foursquare, found that “fast food and gas station visits have returned to pre-COVID-19 levels in the Midwest and in rural areas across the nation.” Foursquare collects its data from willing participants who allow the company to track locations they visit.

The reports correspond with mobile phone data provided to NPR by SafeGraph over the weekend which also showed that Americans are not sheltering in place as much as they had in early April.

“About 50% of those mobile phones that SafeGraph had data on stayed home on April 12, which was Easter — the highest point in the data,” the NPR report noted. “That number hasn’t since come anywhere close, showing a steady decline with the most recent numbers showing that less than 40% stayed home on April 27.”

The report added that the trend is consistent across the entire country.

Why does it matter?

While many states across the country have begun a phased return to normalcy, easing shelter-in-place orders and reopening certain nonessential retail businesses, the trend is not consistent across the board. Some states, such as New York, California, and Michigan, have continued their strict social distancing guidelines.

Yet even in states where a phased reopening has begun, that process did not officially begin until late April or early May. But by that time, data show that many Americans were already easing back into normal life.

It appears that the nationwide shelter in place is ending, regardless of what state and local officials say.

“Whether governments, medical professionals, and scientists want it to or not, people seem tired of the shutdown and eager to get back to some semblance of normal life,” John Koetsier, a writer and data analyst for Forbes, wrote.

Nick Singh, a marketing lead at SafeGraph, agreed with that sentiment, as well.

“Regardless of what the orders say or the governors say, we’re seeing the whole country softening up,” he said.

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Survey finds 57% of Democrats don’t want to reopen the economy for another six weeks or even longer

A nationwide survey found that a majority of Democrats don’t want to reopen the economy for another six weeks or even longer.

The Network Science Institute of Northeastern University, the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy of Harvard University, and the School of Communication & Information at Rutgers University polled 22,912 individuals across all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, from April 17-26.

The focus of the poll was to find out the opinions of Americans on how the COVID-19 pandemic is being handled as well as when the coronavirus recovery should happen.

The survey discovered that 57% of Democrats don’t want to reopen the U.S. economy for six weeks or longer. Specifically, 22% want to reopen the economy in six to eight weeks, and 35% of Democrats don’t want to reopen the economy until after eight weeks, which would keep “nonessential” businesses shuttered well into the summer.

Conversely, 16% of Republicans are in favor of keeping the economy closed for at least eight weeks, and 13% of Republicans want to reopen the economy in six to eight weeks. The median Republican wants to reopen the economy in two to four weeks, and the median Democrat wants to wait six to eight weeks.

The survey found that 93% of respondents did not want to reopen the economy immediately, and more than 80% of Americans supported closing nonessential businesses.

People from Wisconsin (25%), Michigan (24%), and Wyoming (22%) had the highest rates of dissatisfaction with their state governments being overbearing during the coronavirus pandemic and said the states were “overreacting to the outbreak.”

The poll found that hospitals and doctors were the most trusted entity regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, with 96% trusting them “a lot” or “some.” Participants in the study said scientists and researchers were the second-most reliable source for coronavirus information, with 93% trusting them “a lot” or “some,” followed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at 88%.

The survey found that 73% of Republicans said that the federal government was “reacting about right” in its response to the COVID-19 outbreak vs. 63% of Democrats who said the federal government was “not taking the outbreak seriously enough.”

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Elon Musk demands US leaders ‘FREE AMERICA NOW’

Elon Musk blasted stay-at-home measures across the country on Wednesday, and demanded that leaders reopen the American economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

What are the details?

In an early morning tweet, Musk, billionaire Tesla CEO,
wrote, “FREE AMERICA NOW.”

Musk, 48, also lauded Texas in a tweet after the state reopened some of its restaurants and stores this week. The article Musk tweeted — titled, “Texas restaurants, retailers, and other businesses can reopen Friday. Here’s the rules they have to follow” — detailed the state’s plan to relax some social distancing measures and to detail the plans in opening up businesses.

He wrote, “Bravo Texas!”

On Tuesday, Musk tweeted, “Give people their freedom back!” pointing to an article from the Wall Street Journal discussing Sweden’s lax lockdown measures.

The billionaire entrepreneur also agreed in a follow-up tweet that each state should be permitted to “reopen with care & appropriate protection” during the coronavirus pandemic, and insisted that local leaders should not place “everyone under de facto house arrest.”

At the time of this writing, researchers at Johns Hopkins University estimate that at least 1,028,217 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the U.S, and at least 59,446 have died because of the virus.

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YouTube removed the viral video of frontline doctors calling for an end to quarantine and comparing COVID-19 to the flu

Last week, two frontline doctors who said they have administered more than 5,000 coronavirus tests, made headlines when they compared the coronavirus to the seasonal flu and called for an end to quarantine practices.

The two physicians, Dan Erickson and Artin Massihi of Accelerated Urgent Care in Bakersfield, California, presented their medical advice in a video briefing with KERO-TV that the news outlet then uploaded to YouTube. The video quickly went viral, garnering more than 5.46 million views.

But on Monday, the video was taken down for “violating YouTube’s Terms of Service.”

In a follow-up report, KERO-TV confirmed that the first of two videos playing the press briefing in full was removed. The news outlet submitted an appeal to YouTube about the removal, but has not yet heard back.

In a statement to the outlet following the video’s removal, Dr. Erickson said, “Anytime you push against the grain, you are going to have people who don’t like it.”

Why was it taken down?

TheBlaze reached out to YouTube’s press division for a more specific answer on why the video was taken down, but YouTube not immediately respond.

Interestingly, Erickson and Massihi spoke to Fox News host Laura Ingraham Monday evening just before the video was removed. After the interview, when Ingraham discovered the video had been taken down, she noted relevant comments regarding censorship that YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki had recently made.

“Anything that would go against World Health Organization recommendations would be a violation of our policy … [removal] is another really important part of of our policy,” Wojcicki reportedly said.


Dr Erickson’s video removed after Laura Ingraham interview (27APR2020)

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What did they say?

In the video briefing, Erickson and Massihi pushed back against the conventional narrative regarding the dangers of COVID-19 and the effectiveness of social distancing measures.

“Do we need to still shelter in place? Our answer is emphatically no,” Erickson said. “Do we need businesses to be shut down? Emphatically no. Do we need to test them and get them back to work? Absolutely.”

Erickson went on to say that COVID-19 and the seasonal flu are “similar in their prevalence and death rates.”

“If you study the numbers in 2017 and 2018, we had 50 to 60 million with the flu,” Erickson said. “And we had a similar death rate in the deaths the United States were 43,545 — similar to the flu of 2017-2018. We always have between 37,000 and 60,000 deaths in the United States, every single year. No pandemic talk. No shelter in place. No shutting down businesses.”

He also warned that quarantining could lead to weakened immune systems.

“Sheltering in place decreases your immune system. And then as we all come out of shelter in place with a lower immune system and start trading viruses, bacteria — what do you think is going to happen? Disease is going to spike,” Erickson explained.

Though the original upload has been removed, video of the press briefing can still be seen elsewhere on YouTube:


COVID-19 Briefing: Current Quarantine Approach Wrong Based on Science | Dr Erickson & Dr Massihi Pt1

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Frontline doctors who administered 5,000 coronavirus tests want to reopen, say COVID-19 similar to flu

Two doctors, who have administered more than 5,000 coronavirus tests, say that coronavirus is similar to the seasonal flu, the quarantine is not helping with building coronavirus immunity, and they are confident that reopening is safe.

The two frontline physicians, Dan Erickson and Artin Massihi, are the owners of Accelerated Urgent Care in Bakersfield, California. The doctors are presenting medical advice about the coronavirus that is far different than what health officials have been saying over the past weeks.

Last week, the doctors gave a press conference to deliver their COVID-19 findings.

“Do we need to still shelter in place? Our answer is emphatically no,” Erickson said. “Do we need businesses to be shut down? Emphatically no. Do we need to test them and get them back to work? Absolutely.”

Accelerated Urgent Care has tested 5,213 patients within the county, which makes up half of all testing done in Kern County. “Now that we have the facts, it’s time to get back to work,” Erickson said.

Erickson noted that the coronavirus and seasonal flu are “similar in their prevalence and death rates.”

“If you study the numbers in 2017 and 2018, we had 50 to 60 million with the flu,” Erickson said. “And we had a similar death rate in the deaths the United States were 43,545—similar to the flu of 2017-2018. We always have between 37,000 and 60,000 deaths in the United States, every single year. No pandemic talk. No shelter-in-place. No shutting down businesses.”

Erickson added that quarantining could lead to weakened immune systems.

“Sheltering in place decreases your immune system. And then as we all come out of shelter in place with a lower immune system and start trading viruses, bacteria—what do you think is going to happen? Disease is going to spike,” Erickson explained. “And then you’ve got diseases spike—amongst a hospital system with furloughed doctors and nurses. This is not the combination we want to set up for a healthy society. It doesn’t make any sense.”

Erickson said he talked to emergency room doctors who said they are being “pressured” to add “coronavirus” as the cause of death.

“You know it’s interesting, when I’m writing up my death report, I’m being pressured to add ‘COVID.’ Why is that? Why are we being pressured to add COVID? To maybe increase the numbers and make it look a little bit worse than it is? I think so,” he said.

“This is not about science. This is not even about COVID,” Erickson stated.

However, not everyone is sold on the green-light advice coming from the doctors at Accelerated Urgent Care.

“This virus is not a virus to be taken very lightly,” said Dr. Navin Amin, an infectious diseases specialist. “It is a killer virus,” he said. “It spreads very rapidly, and it doesn’t spare anybody.”

“Even an asymptomatic person — 25 percent of them — can spread the virus without knowing it,” Dr. Nimisha Amin, who is Navin’s daughter, added. ” As a result, social isolation may be a help. That’s why we need everyone to be practicing social distancing.”

“Social isolation has no bearing, no effect on the immune system at all,” Amin stated.

“The flu acts a lot different,” said Dr. Hemmal Kothary, who argued that the flu and coronavirus are not similar. “This virus is a lot more virulent. It passes from people to people a lot more aggressively. The symptoms are a lot more aggressive. It seems to affect a lot of age groups the flu typically won’t affect.”

“The doctor at Accelerated has spoken with our director. Our director has not concurred with the statements that were made yesterday about the need to reopen at this time,” said Michelle Corson, Public Information Officer for Kern County Public Health.

“There are top medical minds in our state, in our county, in our nation that are providing this guidance to us. And we concur that these are actions that we should be taking right now, and we are steadfast in our recommendation to our community to continue this,” Corson said.

The Kern County Public Health Department responded with the following statement:

In our ongoing effort to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on our residents and healthcare system, we continue to adhere to the guidance issued by Governor Newsom regarding the stay at home order.

Kern County Public Health Services recommends the following protective measures:
Stay at home except for essential needs.
Practice social distancing.
Wash hands with soap and water often.
Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay away from work, school or other people if you become sick.
Wear face covering while in public if you are unable to maintain social distancing.

You can watch the entire COVID-19 news briefing with Doctors Dan Erickson and Artin Massihi below.


Dr. Erickson COVID-19 Briefing

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Dr. Erickson COVID-19 Briefing, Pt. 2

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Texas cops use undercover sting operation to arrest women offering salon services at their homes

Two women were arrested in Laredo, Texas, after they were caught running a beauty salon inside their homes. The women were arrested during an undercover sting operation by the Laredo Police Department.

Officers from the Laredo Police Department were informed of the activities through an anonymous tip sent to the Laredo Police Department mobile app on April 15. The tipster informed police that the women were advertising salon services on social media.

Police went on an undercover sting operation and arrested the women for offering beauty services from home. The cops were part of the COVID-19 task force enforcement detail.

Laredo police arrested Ana Isabel Castro-Garcia, 31, after she allegedly agreed to provide an undercover officer with a manicure. She was charged with “Violation of Emergency Management Plan C/B,” according to KGNS-TV, an NBC affiliate in Laredo. Castro-Garcia was taken to the Webb County Jail for booking, where she was held on a $500 bond.

Brenda Stephany Mata, 20, was arrested after she reportedly agreed to perform eyelash service inside her home for an undercover cop. She was also charged with “Violation of Emergency Management Plan C/B” and was also taken to Webb County Jail and held on a $500 bond.

“Both of the violators independently solicited customers via social media. On both cases, an undercover officer working on the COVID-19 task force enforcement detail made contact with each solicitor to set up an appointment for a cosmetic, beauty service that is prohibited under the emergency ordinance,” Laredo Police said in a statement.

Authorities said that offering salon services, even at the person’s home, is a violation of the stay-at-home orders instituted during the coronavirus pandemic.

The news of this cosmetology arrest comes only days after the owner of a salon in Dallas refused to close her business. Shelly Luther, who owns Salon a la Mode, announced that she would be defiantly reopening her salon during the coronavirus pandemic, despite orders that non-essential businesses must stay closed.

“I’m behind on my mortgage,” Luther said. “I know a lot of my stylists haven’t paid their mortgages. It’s either come in and make money to be able to feed your family or stay home and freak out.”

Luther, who employs 19 stylists at her salon, said her phone has been “ringing off the hook with people who want their hair done.”

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