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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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As Gov. Walz begins small business listening tour, Stillwater owners ask him to ease capacity restrictions



a group of people standing in front of a store: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, gesturing, speaks with small business owner Kristy Zimmerman and her husband, Jake, about the challenging business environment during the Covid-19 pandemic at the Uptown Curl hair salon in Stillwater, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. At left is DEED Commissioner Steve Grove. (Scott Takushi / Pioneer Press)


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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, gesturing, speaks with small business owner Kristy Zimmerman and her husband, Jake, about the challenging business environment during the Covid-19 pandemic at the Uptown Curl hair salon in Stillwater, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. At left is DEED Commissioner Steve Grove. (Scott Takushi / Pioneer Press)

At the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, Kristy Zimmerman had to shutter her Uptown Curl hair salons in Stillwater and Minneapolis. They remained closed for 2½ months.

“It was pretty awful,” Zimmerman said. “The bills were still due, and I wasn’t getting unemployment. It took about eight weeks to get unemployment. I had some savings, thankfully, but that was really hard.”

Since June 1, Zimmerman’s salon in Stillwater has been back in business, but operating at 50 percent capacity. Her Uptown Minneapolis salon opened a week later due to the protests and unrest in

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Michigan music venues can reopen with expanded capacity

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Flossie Norton, 68, of Detroit checks out the Majestic Theatre marquee as she and her grandson Michael Morgan, 10, of Detroit get out for some fresh air. “The streets are naked” said Norton. (Photo: Mandi Wright, Detroit Free Press)

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has paved the way for a more extensive opening of concert venues in Michigan starting Oct. 9 — though it will still be far from business as usual for struggling clubs and theaters. 

Under an executive order issued Friday, the governor will permit attendance at indoor performance venues to grow to 20 people per 1,000 square feet for open spaces, and 20% of capacity for fixed-seating situations. 

Attendance will be capped at 500 regardless. 

Whitmer’s previous order, issued early in the summer, had limited indoor performance venues to 10 people.

Outdoor venues, previously limited to 100, will be allowed 30 people per 1,000 square feet, or 30%

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Sources: Chicago Cubs planning for reduced capacity at Wrigley Field to start 2021 MLB season

The Chicago Cubs laid off about 25% of their business staff on Thursday because of a loss in revenue and in anticipation of an uncertain 2021, sources familiar with the situation told ESPN.

The move follows a significant round of cuts on the baseball side in August.

Based on advice from medical experts, as well as restrictions because of local ordinances, the Cubs are not expecting full capacity inside Wrigley Field at the beginning of next season.

It’s possible only season-ticket holders will be allowed to attend games. They’ll get first priority as they make up about 50% of overall ticket holders, which is about the same capacity the team is expecting to allow inside the stadium.

The Cubs expect to miss out on about 75% of their revenue in 2020,

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Eased capacity restrictions at Central Texas gyms won’t necessarily mean a major boost in business

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas is starting to see lower rates of hospitalizations related to COVID-19 and because of that, Governor Greg Abbott announced Thursday he is relaxing some restrictions over the next week.

Effective immediately, hospitals can begin doing elective procedures again. On Sept. 24, nursing and assisted living facilities can open for visits with certain protocols. And on Monday, many businesses that have been operating at 50% capacity can now expand to 75%—that includes places like restaurants, retail stores, office buildings and gyms.

But some local business owners say even though the state is easing capacity restrictions, other COVID-19 guidelines don’t allow for much growth.

Things won’t look much different at FIT Austin, now that Lateef Johnson can increase capacity from 50% to 75%.

“The capacity is one part of it, but we do keep people

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How Pennsylvania restaurants can self-certify and go to 50% capacity

The Wolf Administration on Tuesday released additional guidance on its plan to allow restaurants across the state to operate at 50% capacity starting Sept. 21.

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As part of the plan, restaurants are asked to “self certify” they are following coronavirus safety measures. Those restaurants must complete the online self-certification process by Oct. 5.

Restaurant-goers, Wolf said, will be able search an online database of businesses that have certified themselves and make better-informed choices about where to eat.

The governor said social distancing, mask-wearing and other mitigation measures will be required to protect workers and patrons.

Here are some key questions and answers provided state on how the process will work:

Q: Is my restaurant required to be certified? Will my restaurant face any penalties if it is not certified?

A: No. Restaurants may choose to not self-certify with no additional penalties. However, uncertified restaurants must remain at 25%

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