🚨 Situational awareness ... Connecticut becomes the 50th state to begin reopening: "Governors face intensifying pressure to reopen their economies, but experts warn it could mean thousands of new deaths." (NYT)
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Shorter menus, pricier food, less service, servers wearing masks and surgical gloves: The future of dining out looks far from festive, Axios managing editor Jennifer Kingson writes.
Why it matters: A lot of restaurants that closed because of the pandemic will never reopen. Those that do will have to pour a lot of money into keeping diners away from one another and the waitstaff.
Here's what's changing, according to restaurateurs and industry consultants:
Between the lines: While some restaurants have stayed in business during the pandemic by selling takeout food, meal kits and even groceries, the industry's economics are predicated on table service, which will likely look very different.
Several Southern states are seeing a rise in new coronavirus cases, moving them further away from an important target for safely reopening parts of their economies, Axios' Andrew Witherspoon and Sam Baker write.
Between the lines: The total number of cases is an important piece of the puzzle — but it's only one piece.
Some of the states where new cases are increasing — including Arkansas, North Carolina and North Dakota — also fare poorly in a more holistic analysis that accounts for other metrics.
This analysis uses a seven-day average, to minimize the distortions of reporting delays or similar technical issues, and compares that average to the average from the week before.
The bottom line: No one measurement tells the whole story, and there are signs that most of the country is moving in the right direction.
⚡ P.S. ... Latin America "overtook the U.S. and Europe in the past week to report the largest portion of new daily cases globally," Reuters reports.
Amsterdam Avenue in New York yesterday. Photo: Frank Franklin II/AP
One of New York's biggest industries — finance — is considering shifting its workplaces away from city centers in the post-lockdown era, Bloomberg's Michelle F. Davis, Viren Vaghela and Natalie Wong write.
What's happening: "In the New York region, real estate brokers and landlords with suburban offices have seen a surge in interest from the finance industry, in addition to media and technology companies and law firms."
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Above: A aerial view of floodwaters flowing from the Tittabawassee River into the lower part of downtown Midland, Mich., yesterday after two nearby dams collapsed after days of heavy rain.
Below: Dan Dionne looks over his former deck outside his home in Edenville, Mich., where the floods have forced widespread evacuations.
The latest: At least 10,000 Michiganders have had their homes destroyed in the disaster — where flood levels reached 35 feet — tearing another hole in the state's economy as it struggles with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, reports the Detroit Free Press.
Spotted at an Anytime Fitness in El Paso. Briana Sanchez/El Paso Times via Reuters
Anytime Fitness, a national chain which built its brand on being open 24 hours, has reopened 40% of its gyms (1,081 of 2,633) in North America after closing virtually all of them.
From the the chain's guidance:
Colleges around the country that have announced that they plan to reopen this fall are coming together around a solution to keep students safe: shorter fall semesters, reports the N.Y. Times' Shawn Hubler.
Why it matters: "Built into their calculations, university officials say, are epidemiological assumptions that reducing travel will help students avoid contracting and spreading the virus, and that any easing of the pandemic this summer will end with the return of flu season."
NASA test pilots Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken arrived at Kennedy Space Center yesterday, exactly one week before their historic SpaceX flight, AP's Marcia Dunn reports.
They’ll soar from the same pad where Atlantis closed out the shuttle program in 2011, the last home launch for NASA astronauts.
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Vogue editor Anna Wintour told CNBC's "Closing Bell" yesterday that she believes the virus crisis won't derail the fashion world:
🧵 P.S. ... Top designer Christian Siriano has transformed his Manhattan studio into a state-approved essential workspace, sewing and donating 50,000 fabric face masks to first responders. (The Hill)
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Late-night television — "a kind of laboratory where things move fast" — is becoming one of the best records of our new age, L.A. Times TV critic Robert Lloyd writes.
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