Are Struggling Americans Ready for Their Coronavirus Lockdown to End — or Terrified?; Alaska Begins to Open Back Up

By New York Post. America’s coronavirus lockdown is causing economic pain across the country like nothing this nation has seen since the Great Depression. . .

The Post has talked to a group of hard-hit people, here are their stories:

Rose English, 57, owner of a horse riding school and summer camp in Anchorage, Alaska

Normally, English gets a flood of deposit checks from parents signing kids up for her equestrian summer camp every April — but this year she has received none. . .

English said she’s lost at least $20,000 since the shutdown, and that number stands to double by this summer. (Read more from “Are Struggling Americans Ready for Their Coronavirus Lockdown to End — or Terrified?” HERE)

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As U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Tops 51,000, Handful of States Move Toward Reopening

By Reuters. With the U.S. coronavirus death toll topping 51,000 and nearly one in six workers out of a job, Georgia, Oklahoma and several other states took tentative steps at reopening businesses on Friday, despite disapproval from President Donald Trump and medical experts. . .

Georgia, one of several states in the Deep South that waited until early April to mandate restrictions imposed weeks before across much of the rest of the country to curb the outbreak, has become a flashpoint in the debate over how and when the nation should return to work. . .

While the COVID-19 illness is killing thousands of Americans daily, stay-at-home orders and business closures have thrown more than 26 million people out of work, a level of unemployment not seen since the Great Depression of the 1930s. . .

Oklahoma was permitting some retailers to resume business on Friday, Florida began reopening its beaches a week ago, South Carolina started easing restrictions on Monday, and other states will follow suit next week. (Read more from “As U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Tops 51,000, Handful of States Move Toward Reopening” HERE)

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These Are the States Opening Back up for Business

By New York Magazine. After a month with much of the country locked down, sheltered in place, and healthy at home, some states have begun lifting restrictions put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Georgia has gotten the most attention, and for good reason. No governor has thrown open the doors to his state’s businesses as aggressively as Brian Kemp, whose decision to reopen the state first drew praise, and then criticism, from President Trump. . .

Alaska

Governor Mike Dunleavy announced phase one of the state’s reopening, which begins Friday, April 24. He is allowing restaurants to open for in-person dining and personal-services businesses (nail salons, barbers, etc.) to operate, though they are only allowed to take customers by reservation. Retail stores are also allowed to reopen with social distancing and masks worn by all employees and customers. (Read more from “These Are the States Opening Back up for Business” HERE)

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