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Group turns in 483K signatures for proposal to bar LGBTQ discrimination in Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A ballot drive has turned in more than 483,000 signatures for an initiative to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people in Michigan by amending the state’s civil rights law.

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If election officials determine roughly 340,000 are valid, the bill would be placed before the Republican-led Legislature, where similar legislation has long stalled. If lawmakers did not adopt the measure within 40 days, it would go to a statewide vote in November 2022.

“Michigan stands united to bring LGBTQ rights into law for the first time,” said Trevor Thomas, co-chair of Fair and Equal Michigan. He called the group’s submission of petitions Tuesday a milestone “as we continue the work of making sure everyone has an equal chance to succeed.”

Fair and Equal Michigan had raised nearly $1.6 million as of July. Businesses, labor unions and groups that have financially supported

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Wisconsin restaurant installs virus-killing lights in its dining room, bar area

A Wisconsin restaurant is installing lights that reportedly kill airborne viruses

The Blind Horse Restaurant & Winery in Kohler, Wisconsin, is reportedly the first restaurant in the U.S. to install far-UVC light technology, according to a press release. 

Healthe, Inc., a Florida-based company, made the lights — called “Healthe Space” lights — which “provide real-time mitigation of harmful pathogens and viruses,” the release said.

According to the company, the lights are mounted on the ceiling and give off general light as well as “far-UVC 222 sanitizing light to clean air and surfaces.”

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Eighteen of the Healthe Space lights are being installed throughout the restaurant, in the dining and bar areas, as well as in other buildings on the property.  

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“Of utmost importance to us is

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Subterranean Grand Central Oyster Bar Closes Doors After 12 Days Of Indoor Dining

Grand Central Oyster Bar, the iconic restaurant inside of Grand Central Terminal, is giving up on indoor dining less than two weeks after reopening. The restaurant, which first opened in 1913, cited a “lack of traffic and business caused by the COVID-19 pandemic” in a Facebook post on Saturday.

The gorgeous subterranean space has no windows or outdoor space, meaning it was unable to offer outdoor dining at all during the pandemic. Restaurants across New York City were allowed to reopen for indoor dining, at 25% capacity, on September 30th, and Grand Central Oyster Bar was among those that reopened.

The restaurant excitedly wrote on Facebook five days ahead of reopening, “We are a New York landmark with Guastavino tiled vaulted ceilings located on the lower level of the magnificent Grand Central Terminal. We are eager to serve you again! The oyster bar, lounge, bar, and counter seating will remain

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Grand Central Oyster Bar Temporarily Closes Less Than Two Weeks After Opening



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Grand Central Oyster Bar temporarily closes again, citing downturn in business

Less than two weeks after opening its doors for indoor dining service, Grand Central Oyster Bar will temporarily close once more. In a post to Facebook over the weekend, the iconic 107-year-old restaurant announced that it had no choice but to close again, citing a “lack of traffic and business implicitly caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Grand Central Oyster Bar reopened on September 30 for takeout and indoor dining service following nearly a seven-month temporary closure. Despite initial excitement about the comeback, the restaurant hasn’t been able to justify the cost of reopening, given lower foot traffic at Grand Central Terminal from tourists and commuters, according to a spokesperson for the restaurant.

Restaurants and bars across the city have been devastated by the pandemic, and rent in particular has been a sticking point. In August, close

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Grand Central Oyster Bar Closes After Brief Reopening

MIDTOWN MANHATTAN, NY — Just 12 days after it was allowed to reopen for indoor dining, the iconic Grand Central Oyster Bar is closing back down due to a lack of customer support, the restaurant announced Monday.

The 107-year-old eatery reopened to the public on Sept. 30, when the city began allowing indoor dining at 25 percent capacity. That day, the oyster bar had lines out the door, but customer support dried up since then, owners told the New York Post.

“As we re-opened on September 30th we relished the opportunity to be of service again, and fill your hearts, and ours, with joy and do what we do best; offer an amazing experience to our beloved New Yorkers and to our friends from all over the world,” a message on the restaurant’s website reads.

“Today, however, we must, temporarily, close again due to the lack of traffic and business

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Grand Central Oyster Bar Closes After Briefly Opening at Limited Capacity

Less than two weeks after it reopened for indoor dining, the Grand Central Oyster Bar, one of New York City’s most famed restaurants, has closed its doors again—at least for the time being.

Officials with the dining spot, a fixture in Grand Central Terminal since the railway hub’s opening in 1913, said business was too slow at this point, defying their hopes and expectations. The restaurant, which shut down in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic, restarted operations when New York state allowed indoor dining to resume within the five boroughs on Sept. 30.

Oyster Bar officials said they knew it was never going to be an easy ride, given that the state had limited indoor dining to 25% capacity. But Executive Chef Sandy Ingber said the restaurant was still unable to fill tables to anywhere near that level in the short period since it had started again, with sales

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Grand Central Oyster Bar closes again after 12 days in business

Despite lines out the door the day it finally reopened, Grand Central Oyster Bar is shutting its doors — yet again — after just 12 days in business.

Indoor dining at 25 percent capacity just wasn’t enough to keep the lights on, the company said.

“We must temporarily close again due to the lack of traffic and business implicitly, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” president Janet Poccia, executive chef Sandy Ingber, vice president Mohammed Lawal and general manager Gabriel Moroianu said in a joint statement. “We do have a promise for all of you! We will come back stronger and with an even bigger desire to serve you.”

The iconic eatery, located in Grand Central Terminal, closed in March due to the pandemic and only began inviting customers in again on Sept. 30, when Big Apple indoor dining resumed at 25 percent capacity.

The grand reopening drew a line of

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Iconic Grand Central Oyster Bar temporarily suspends operations in NYC due to COVID-19

MIDTOWN, Manhattan (WABC) — The legendary Grand Central Oyster Bar in Grand Central Terminal announced Monday that it is temporarily suspending all restaurant operations, effective immediately.

Officials said the restaurant is closing due to the lack of business caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Outdoor dining was out of the question in the basement of Grand Central, but for months they loaded up on the supplies they needed — from contactless pay systems to a lot of sanitizer.

The 107-year-old restaurant had just reopened to 25% capacity for indoor dining and take-out on Sept. 30 after a nearly seven-month shutdown.

Executive Chef Sandy Ingber spoke to Eyewitness News before they reopened to the public for the first time.

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“It’s a shot in the dark, but we’re willing to take the chance,” Ingber said in September. “We’ve

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Grand Central Oyster Bar temporarily suspends business due to COVID-19

MIDTOWN, Manhattan — The Grand Central Oyster Bar has temporarily suspended restaurant operations as businesses continue to feel the effects of COVID-19.

The 107-year-old institution, which was shut down for nearly seven months, reopened for business less than two weeks ago when indoor dining was allowed at 25% capacity.

Due to limited business and lack of traffic among tourists and people working at offices, the restaurant decided to temporarily shut its doors once again.

“It has been seven challenging months since we last saw many of you at the Grand Central Oyster Bar. As we re-opened on September 30th, we relished the opportunity to be of service again, and fill your hearts, and ours, with joy, and do what we do best – offer an amazing experience to our beloved New Yorkers and to our friends from all over the world. However, we must, temporarily, close again due

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Bar or restaurant? The big issue in pandemic-struck Brussels

BRUSSELS (AP) — New coronavirus restrictions put a spotlight on two Belgian classics this week: Beer and surrealism.



An owner of the Beers Bank pub removes chairs and tables from the terrace of the bar at the end of the day in Brussels, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. Since bars in Brussels were forced to close as of Thursday for at least a month to deal with a massive surge in cases while restaurants were allowed to remain open, the big question on the streets is: when is a bar a bar and when is a bar a restaurant. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)


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An owner of the Beers Bank pub removes chairs and tables from the terrace of the bar at the end of the day in Brussels, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. Since bars in Brussels were forced to close as of Thursday for at least a month to deal with a massive surge in cases while restaurants were allowed to remain open, the big question on the streets is: when is a bar a bar and when is a bar a restaurant. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)



Chairs and tables are covered-up outside of a closed bar in downtown Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. Since bars in Brussels were forced to close as of Thursday for at least a month to deal with a massive surge in cases while restaurants were allowed to remain open, the big question on the streets is: when is a bar a bar and when is a bar a restaurant. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)


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Chairs and tables are covered-up outside of a closed bar in downtown Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. Since bars in Brussels were forced to close as of Thursday for at least a month to deal with a massive surge

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