coronavirus

These ‘essential’ stores, businesses will stay open during Miami’s coronavirus shutdown

Grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations and banks will not be affected by Miami-Dade County’s decision to close down hundreds of stores and businesses to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

The order also will not affect police, fire-rescue or dozens of other essential stores and services, including businesses that have the capability of interacting with customers solely by telephone or the Internet.

Here are some of the essential businesses and service allowed to stay open. Remember to call ahead for hours of operation as some stores and businesses might have limited hours during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Health, medicine and therapy

Hospitals, urgent care centers and doctor offices remain open. File photo.
Hospitals, urgent care centers and doctor offices remain open. File photo.

Hospitals and urgent care centers

Pharmacies, like CVS and Walgreens

Doctors and dentists’ offices

Other healthcare providers, including clinics, rehabilitation facilities, physical therapists, mental health professionals, psychiatrists and therapists.

Food

Grocery stores, food banks and pet stores will remain open. File photo.
Grocery stores,
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Transportation, Logistics Workers Deemed Essential During Coronavirus Crisis

The transportation industry is critical for the movement of goods. But are all employees working for transportation and logistics companies “essential” during these unprecedented times of mandatory quarantines?
New York joined California on Friday morning in ordering all nonessential workers to stay home.

The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
CISA Director Christopher Krebs said in a memorandum issued Thursday that the list of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers was developed to provide guidance to state and local governments.
“As state and local communities consider COVID-19-related restrictions, CISA is offering this list to assist prioritizing activities related to continuity of operations and incident response, including the appropriate movement of critical infrastructure workers within and between jurisdictions,” Krebs said.
The memorandum said essential industries “represent, but are not necessarily limited to, medical and health care, telecommunications,

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Cycling in the Coronavirus Pandemic

First it was a news story about some coronavirus half a world away. Then we learned the new virus was particularly deadly, and it was spreading fast. The new virus crossed the ocean, killed a man in Washington, and then descended on all 50 states. Bike races were canceled. International borders closed. Businesses shut down. And that was just the beginning.

As bad as the COVID-19 pandemic is now, experts are telling us it’s about to get worse. In worst-case projections, 1.7 million people could die in the U.S. alone.

We spoke with five cyclists on the front line of the pandemic: a bike shop owner, a bike-commuting ER doctor, a pharmaceutical bike messenger, an amateur racer infected with coronavirus, and the winner of the Iditarod Trail Invitational (a multi-week, 1,000-mile race that began as coronavirus started to spread in the U.S.). Collectively, they offer a model for how all

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A landlord’s guide to coronavirus: your questions answered

Thousands of landlords are facing an uncertain future. Coronavirus has caused some tenants to lose their jobs, meaning they may struggle to pay rent. 

Many buy-to-let owners are confused about what their obligations are to tenants at the moment and what financial support they can claim to stop their income from drying up during the pandemic. 

Here we answer some key questions affecting the rental market, from whether landlord insurance covers coronavirus to when running a buy-to-let counts as being self-employed. 

Landlords’ repair obligations have not changed in light of the coronavirus outbreak. The Government has advised all households to practise social distancing so it may not be advisable for landlords to visit properties to assess issues themselves. An alternative option could be to do so remotely via video call. 

Chris Norris of the National Residential Landlords Association, a trade body, said some landlords were having trouble securing … Read More