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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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New Zealand now has active no coronavirus cases in the community after the final six people linked to the Auckland cluster recovered, the country's Health Ministry confirmed in an email Wednesday.

The big picture: The country's second outbreak won't officially be declared closed until there have been "no new cases for two incubation periods," the ministry said. Auckland will join the rest of NZ in enjoying no domestic restrictions from late Wednesday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, declaring that NZ had "beat the virus again."

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Gov. Brian Kemp speaking in Atlanta on Aug. 10. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) announced Thursday he plans to withdraw a lawsuit that sought to block Atlanta’s face mask mandates and coronavirus restrictions, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Why it matters: The decision to withdraw the lawsuit ends the legal feud between Georgia's Republican governor and Atlanta's Democratic leadership, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. Other Georgia cities will be able to keep their mask mandates in places for now, per AJC.