In an effort to combat what it calls a confusing patchwork of reopening guidance, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce debuted Wednesday an interactive map with state-specific information to help businesses navigate local rules and guidelines.

Why it matters: The chamber has urged federal, state and local officials to move to a more unified approach.

  • The map entries include information about employee screening, limits on crowd sizes, workplace requirements for personal protecting equipment, cleaning/sanitation procedures, plus sector-specific guidance for retail, restaurants, childcare and more.

Neil Bradley, the chamber's executive vice president and chief policy officer, told Axios in a phone interview that the current system is creating "total confusion" for employees, workers and customers.

  • He said the most successful reopenings have been with personal services where one can make an appointment, making it possible to limit the number of people in a location at one time.
  • But for a restaurant, for instance, "you can’t general enough revenue at 25% occupancy."
  • In some places, Bradley said, childcare restrictions have "limited the ability of working parents to come back."

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 5 a.m. ET: 19,111,123 — Total deaths: 715,163— Total recoveries — 11,578,821Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 5 a.m. ET: 4,883,657 — Total deaths: 160,104 — Total recoveries: 1,598,624 — Total tests: 59,652,675Map.
  3. Politics: Pelosi rips GOP over stimulus negotiations: "Perhaps you mistook them for somebody who gives a damn."
  4. Public health: Majority of Americans say states reopened too quicklyStudy finds antibodies prevalent in NYC health care workers.
  5. Business: The health care sector imploded in Q2More farmers are declaring bankruptcyJuly's jobs report could be an inflection point for the recovery.
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GOP senator says stimulus needs to be as "narrowly focused" on COVID-19 as possible

Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said at an Axios virtual event Wednesday that the next coronavirus relief package needs to be as "narrowly focused" on COVID-specific issues as possible in order to resolve the differences between Republicans and Democrats.

Why it matters: Democrats and negotiators from the Trump administration remain far apart on a deal for the next tranche of relief. The fraught negotiations come as millions of Americans continue to suffer from the health and economic effects of the pandemic without the unemployment benefits from the first stimulus bill.

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Facebook, Twitter take down Trump post saying kids are immune to coronavirus

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Facebook removed a video post from President Trump Wednesday in which he claimed in an interview with Fox News that children are "almost immune" to COVID-19.

Why it matters: It’s the first time that Facebook has removed content from Trump's account for violating policies on coronavirus-related misinformation.