More AL Businesses To Reopen As Ivey Amends Safer-At-Home Order

MONTGOMERY, AL — Restaurants, barber shops and more small businesses will be allowed to reopen in Alabama on Monday as Gov. Kay Ivey amended the “stay-at-home” order while also extending it until May 22. Although cases of COVID-19 continue to spread, Ivey said at a Friday news conference she believes opening this phase of local businesses can help the economy recover and — with social distancing — can prevent another outbreak.

“I want to thank every Alabamian for doing their part to help us combat this awful virus,” Ivey said. “I know it has been tough on y’all, but it ain’t been a picnic for me either.”

The new order goes into effect May 11:

Under the amended order:

  • Churches may reopen and hold services but with social distancing guidelines

  • Restaurants can open at 50 percent occupancy rate.

  • Barber shops and salons, will be able to open with social distancing

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Basking Ridge Hero Is Keeping Her Group Home Residents Safe

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — When times are tough, heroes emerge. We all know someone who’s making a difference right now as we live through unprecedented times. Here at Patch, we’ve launched an initiative to help recognize these everyday heroes.

This submission comes from Mike Rubinfeld of Basking Ridge, who nominated his wife Linda Beldring Rubinfeld of Basking Ridge:

Is the nominee considered an “essential worker”?:
Yes

What does the nominee do for work?:
Co-Manager of Bethel Ridge group home

Why do you believe the nominee should be recognized or honored?
She has continuously provided excellent supervision/service to disabled residents of the group home, encouraging them to be their best and as independent as possible. She has put in extra shifts, including overnights when short-staffed, and is loved by each of the six residents. All this despite the fear of COVID-19; thankfully she tested negative about a week ago. And most

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Supreme Court declines to lift Pennsylvania’s stay-at-home order

Washington — The Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to lift an executive order from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf that mandated the closure of all businesses in the state deemed nonessential as part of efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

A group of businesses and other entities in the state asked the high court last week to block enforcement of Wolf’s executive order, which was issued March 19 in response to the coronavirus. There were no noted dissents. 

The Pennsylvania businesses argued Wolf’s lockdown order was unconstitutional and filed an emergency request with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court arguing it went beyond Wolf’s authority. The state court, however, sided with Wolf and rejected the challenge. The businesses then asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the lower court’s decision.

“The executive order and similar orders by governors across the country is doing substantial, unprecedented damage to the economy,” the

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See How This Fashion Blogger Transformed a Florida Beach Home With Her Signature Style

While kitschy palm tree prints and seashell motifs are de rigueur in the Sunshine State, fashion blogger and designer Blair Eadie preferred a style that leaned more Palm Springs than Palm Beach for her 1920s Sarasota, Florida getaway. She and her husband Andrew snagged the cottage-style vacation home three years ago, and have since completely transformed its interiors.

Think graphic black and white patterns, pops of bold, saturated color, and midcentury moments mixed with contemporary elements, all layered atop what the couple calls “good bones, a linear layout, and no shortage of character.” And by character they mean the result of a series of previous renovations that left them with ceilings so low in parts of the home that six-foot-four Andrew could not even stand up. It had dangerous wiring within the walls, three different roofs layered on top of each other, plus a master bedroom with a

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Public Health Officials Contradict Nursing Home Director’s Claims

EVANSTON, IL — The director of the nursing home that has accounted for more than half of COVID-19 deaths in Evanston claimed he had been forbidden from comprehensive testing for the new coronavirus. But according to state public health officials, there was never any such ban on testing.

Phil Hemmer, executive director of Three Crowns Park, has said facility administrators had urged public health officials to website design jacksonville FL authorize testing of asymptomatic people since mid-March.

“The trigger for this terrible disease is its ability to spread unknowingly by infected individuals who show no symptoms,” he told residents Monday. “Unfortunately, until recently testing had been limited to those with symptoms, allowing many infected individuals without symptoms to infect others.”

Last month, Hemmer said Three Crowns Park had hired a private lab to test all independent living residents, and on April 24 he announced that the facility planned to start

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