MAKING IT WORK
Concerned about whether their businesses can survive under the current capacity limitations, some owners have turned to outdoor classes, which are not limited by ADHS requirements as long as physical distancing is possible.
Soleil Chiquette, the owner of Let’s Sweat, opted to offer only outdoor classes after the second COVID-19 shutdown inhibited gyms and studios from operating in June.
Chiquette knew her customers weren’t comfortable being back inside, so she decided to offer spin and strength classes out on the Let’s Sweat patio, 439 N. Sixth Ave., and at Catalina Park instead. Let’s Sweat’s outdoor classes are popular among their clients, and they have allowed Chiquette to stay above water.
The same can be said for Lucas, the owner of Session Yoga. Lucas owns two studios at 123 S. Eastbourne Ave. and 1135 N. Jefferson Ave. One of her spaces is a strictly indoor studio that offers hot yoga classes, and the other has both indoor and outdoor options.
Lucas has been able to consistently offer outdoor classes, which has helped her keep her studios afloat.
“Luckily, I was able to continue with the outdoor yoga, so that sustained us from not closing permanently. Without that, I don’t think we would have made it,” Lucas said.
Some studio owners have been unable to transition to outdoor classes because they rely on an indoor environment to create a specific atmosphere.
At Tucson Yoga Sol, a hot yoga studio in northwest Tucson, this is the case. Instructors manipulate heaters to facilitate Bikram yoga and hot Pilates classes. The owner, Diane Van Maren, is unsure if she will be able to keep her business up and running if the current restrictions remain in place.
The Irish Independent is helping readers to think local and shop local ahead of Christmas with the ultimate guide to shopping local in your county across Leinster, Ulster, Connacht, and Munster. It could be the difference between ensuring we have shops to go back to when the pandemic ends or the creation of ghost towns.
A Touch of Class
Helen Mullins’ A Touch of Class boutique boasts labels like Luis Civit and also Linea Raffaelli, a luxury occasion-wear collection with an emphasis on comfort. https://atouchofclasscarlow.com/
Coolanowle Food Hall
Selling organic meat from the Mulhall Family’s farm on the Carlow/Laois border, this well-stocked food store carries a great range of local and Irish artisan food products. Shop in-person or online for delivery within 10km on Saturday mornings. Delivery is free for orders over €100. www.coolanowlefoodhall.ie
Husband and Wife duo, Willie and Cheryl, create beautiful and sustainable wooden cheese and chopping boards using locally sourced Irish woods www.ballyshane.com
Lollipops and Daydreams
Based in Carlow, they make soft furnishings, with everything from aprons for children, bunting, themed blankets such as tractors, fairies, mini doll bedding and fabric names in a frame. lollipopsdaydreams.com
The Chocolate Garden
Established in 2001 by Jim and Mary Healy, The Chocolate Garden of Ireland is an award-winning family business making handmade chocolates. They create individual hampers that would be a perfect Christmas gift. https://chocolategarden.ie/
Electro City is one of the larger independent Irish electronics retailers. It has outlets in Hanover Rd, Carlow, Ormonde Business Park, Dublin Rd and Purcellsinch Kilkenny where it stocks a range of computers and electrical goods. www.electrocity.ie
McNally Family Farm
The farm shop at the McNally’s organic farm in Balrickard, north Dublin has gone from strength to strength this year and now offers a host of artisan products as well as its own wonderful vegetables. You can order online for collection or simply turn up to visit the farm shop and little cafe, which has excellent coffees, sandwiches and home-bakes for takeaway. www.mcnallyfamilyfarm.ie
The Maker’s Market was due to open this weekend in the Om Diva store on Drury Street where Ruth Ni Loinsigh is like a fairy godmother to emerging and established designers. She has invited 20 designers, jewellers and artisans from all over Ireland to join her in the run-up to Christmas but November sales will be online. Come December 1, they can be viewed in a dedicated space on the first floor of the Drury Street space so expect talented potters to abstract artists, up and coming fashion designers to organic kids clothing producers. Omdivaboutique.com
Independent Cinemas in Dublin
Both the IFI and Light House cinemas are embracing the small screen with excellent VoD platforms (ifihome.ie and Volta.ie, respectively), offering the best independent and homegrown feature films and documentaries. The Light
ISLAMABAD — Pakistani authorities have ordered all businesses, including restaurants, wedding halls and markets, be closed after 10 p.m. to contain a coronavirus resurgence that began this month.
Also, authorities in the capital, Islamabad, asked police to arrest anyone violating social distancing rules by not wearing masks at public places.
The government Thursday reported some of its highest single-day totals, more than 900 new cases and 16 deaths. The numbers are almost double those reported some days last month.
Pakistan has reported 311,108 confirmed coronavirus infections, including 6,775 deaths.
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BEIJING — Officials in the northwestern China region of Xinjiang say they believe they have contained the country’s latest coronavirus outbreak.
Xinjiang reported 23 new confirmed cases Thursday, all involving people who had initially tested positive but displayed no symptoms. It was the second consecutive day in which newly confirmed cases emerged entirely among such people.
Officials say that development appears to show new infections have been curbed in Kashgar prefecture, where the outbreak appeared Saturday. They say all the cases seem to be linked to a garment factory that employs 252 people and has since being sealed off.
More than 4.7 million people in Kashgar have been tested for the virus.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Officials in Anchorage, Alaska, say the city is on a “dangerous path” as coronavirus cases rise and are urging people to avoid gatherings and follow orders to wear masks in public.
Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson says she has been meeting with business leaders, health officials and others to make decisions that protect
MONTREAL – Some Quebec gym, yoga, dance and martial arts business owners say they intend to reopen their doors on Thursday in defiance of provincial health rules.
A coalition of fitness businesses is calling on Quebec Premier Francois Legault to lift restrictions that forced their facilities to close this month amid a second COVID-19 wave.
They urged Premier Francois Legault to consider their plight ahead of an expected announcement Monday and said that without evidence they are contributing to outbreaks, they should be allowed to reopen.
When Legault announced the measures affecting the province’s high-alert red zones, including Montreal and Quebec City, they were scheduled to come to an end after Oct. 28, but he has recently hinted that some of the restrictions will have to remain in place.
“For the moment, we are ready to open on the 29th, because there hasn’t been any recommendations to the contrary,” said Christian Menard, vice-president of ProGym in east-end Montreal.
“We want the premier to take into consideration the opinion and the lives of those on the ground and those who use these facilities.”
While some the coalition’s 253 members have vowed to reopen their doors on Thursday even if the lockdown is extended, not all have committed to doing so.
Menard said above all, the group wants the government and public health officials to consider them as an asset to the health system and acknowledge their facilities contribute to the population’s overall physical and mental well-being.
“There’s a part of the population in distress that needs these services, and as the winter months inch closer, these services will become essential,” Menard said.
On Monday, Quebec reported 808 new COVID-19 cases as well as 10 further deaths linked to the virus. The province has a seven-day average of 940 cases daily, roughly 110 people per million population.
The number of hospitalizations dropped by eight from one day earlier to 543. Of those, the number of intensive care cases dropped by four to 93.
Since Quebec announced a 28-day partial lockdown in Montreal and Quebec City beginning Oct. 1, several other regions have been declared COVID-19 red zones. The measures closed bars, restaurant dining rooms and theatres, among other venues, and a week later gyms were added to the list.
The coalition of fitness company owners said in a statement the lockdown measures will force them out of business after they made significant investments to comply with health measures during the pandemic.
Menard said his own gym has a key card system that acts as a registry, and as a precaution he’s installed a temperature-screening device at the entrance.
While some of the facilities across the province intend to reopen, the statement suggested they would back down if health authorities can demonstrate by Thursday that their operations have led to outbreaks.
“If they want to close us, they have to give us the facts,” Menard said.
“We were open for four months, they kept tabs on us
A coalition of about 200 Quebec gym, yoga, dance and martial arts business owners say they intend to reopen their doors on Thursday in defiance of provincial health rules.
The businesses are calling on Quebec Premier Francois Legault to lift COVID-19 restrictions that forced fitness facilities to close this month.
In a statement, they say their facilities contribute to the overall physical and mental health of the population and they were not the source of COVID-19 outbreaks.
They say the lockdown measures will force them out of business after they’ve made significant investments to comply with health measures during the pandemic.
The owners say they intend to reopen across the province but will back down if health authorities can demonstrate by Thursday that their operations have led to outbreaks.
On Oct. 8, Quebec introduced new public health measures for regions under the province’s highest COVID-19 alert level, shuttering gyms, putting limits on team sports and making masks mandatory for high school students.
Last week, Legault hinted that some red zone restrictions would remain in place even as the initial 28-day lockdown in Montreal and Quebec City come to an end on Wednesday.
Legault, Health Minister Christian Dube and Dr. Horacio Arruda, Quebec’s director of public health, are to hold a news conference this afternoon.
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Footballer Marcus Rashford has highlighted a string of businesses across the country who are handing out free school meals during the October half term after MPs voted against extending the scheme during the holiday.
Rashford, who is spearheading a campaign to end child food poverty, said he was “blown away” by news of businesses stepping up to fill the voucher scheme during half-term, saying: “This is the England I know”.
The England star shared posts from businesses across the UK who have announced they will provide free meals for those who need them, and urged people to add the hashtag #endchildfoodpoverty to their tweets so he could promote them.
Blown away by news of local businesses stepping up to fill the voucher scheme deficit during the October half term. Selflessness, kindness, togetherness, this is the England I know 🏴
Add #ENDCHILDFOODPOVERTY to your tweets so I can track them. I will share as many as I can ♥️
— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) October 22, 2020
They include pubs, cafes, restaurants and tapas bars, as well as sandwich bars and coffee shops and also local councils, with offers ranging from hot meals to packed lunches, food parcels and sandwiches and treats.
Just a few highlighted by Rashford include: Baker’s Coffee Shop and Restaurant in Bolton, Taste Sandwich Bar in Liverpool, Pabna Restaurant in Leek, Staffordshire, Whitley Bait Sandwich and Coffee Bar in Whitley Bay, Astoria Bar and Restaurant in Urmston, Manchester and Bowring Park Cafe in Shropshire.
Many of the establishments had shared their disappointment at the government’s decision through social media posts, and urged parents or carers who would struggle without the free school meal scheme to get in touch.
They also reminded people that any requests would be handled with discretion and they could get in touch privately.
We will be providing a free hot baked potato with beans, fruit, snack & drink to the children of any families that may be feeling the pinch this half term.
— Minikin Paint a Pot Art Cafe (@minikinartcafe) October 22, 2020
Ruhel Pabna, media spokesman for Pabna Restaurant in Leek, said: “At Pabna we are a family restaurant run by a family of father and four sons. When we employ our staff we treat them like our own family, therefore the customers become our family too.
“We believe we are fortunate in this pandemic, and have been brought up in a manner where we should help others feel privileged if they already aren’t.
“We want to make sure nobody sleeps sad or hungry without food, therefore we feel it’s important to make sure everyone has a hot dinner at night.
“Marcus Rashford highlighting the issues shows we are not individuals in this world, we are a family as one. And in times like this we must stick as one.”
We’re giving every pupil in need
ANAHEIM, CA — It may be “A Small World After All,” as the song goes, but Disneyland is too big to reopen at present, according to the governor’s office. On Tuesday, the state’s newly released reopening guidelines showed that while some small amusement parks may reopen, large-scale theme parks will be at the back of the line.
The much-awaited reopening guidelines, shared Tuesday by California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly, show that Disneyland Resort and California’s large-scale theme parks may not reopen until the county reaches the Yellow (minimal) Tier, likely not in 2020.
The reopening has been a concern not just for Walt Disney Co. but also for the city of Anaheim, which has suffered the loss of multiple businesses and livelihoods in the wake of the park closure.
Many Anaheim businesses depend on the Disneyland Resort for their survival, from restaurants to transportation and hotels.
The Castle Inn, one such business, sits directly across the street from the Disneyland main gates. With its royal theme and walkable distance to the resort, the 50-year-old hotel is a favorite among guests.
Today, the lobby sits empty. The hotel has no guests and no revenue, though there are many expenses that go with maintaining the property, according to owner Bharat Patel.
Seven months into the coronavirus pandemic, his hotel is devoid of guests. There are no little princesses running through the grounds or parents chasing after them. Still, to Patel, that isn’t the hardest part.
The most difficult thing he’s experienced thus far in the coronavirus pandemic is being forced to let a significant number of his staff go, he says.
“I still think about them every day,” he said, voice full of emotion. “How do you tell someone that put their blood sweat and tears into your dream that you don’t have the work for them?”
Patel doesn’t know when he can reopen, and that uncertainty keeps him up at night.
“I don’t think we can hold on much longer,” he says. “We need help.”
To Patel, Anaheim is a family, and that family is hurting.
Read also: Anaheim Will Survive, Officials Concerned With Closure Fallout
Orange County currently sits at the second, or Red (Substantial), tier of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Blueprint For A Safer Economy. For weeks, the county has teetered on the verge of the Orange tier; however, the case counts for daily positive cases remain stubbornly at the Substantial tier rankings.
As of Tuesday, Orange County is experiencing 4.6 new daily cases per 100,000 people, still in the Red tier. Meanwhile, the testing positivity percentage remains in the middle of the Orange tier rankings, at 3.2 positive tests per 100,000 people tested.
Disneyland will not be allowed to reopen until those two positivity percentages are solidly under 2 percent, according to the governor’s current plan.
According to the state, management can set to work