April 8, 2021

Reopen

California Aims to Fully Reopen for ‘Business as Usual’ by June 15

Tuesday’s announcement signals a potential end date to more than a year of isolation. While many other states have pushed ahead, California has generally resisted reopening too quickly and, in several instances, has moved to reinstate restrictions to stem rising new cases and hospitalizations.

But the pandemic has taken its toll, killing more than 58,000 Californians, while shuttering scores of businesses and forcing millions of students to attend school remotely for much of the year.

In the short term, California’s vaccination progress means that counties can more easily shift to less-restrictive tiers, allowing them to increase capacity limits for various

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What It Costs to Reopen a Business After a COVID Shutdown

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With COVID-19 restrictions lifting all over the country, many business owners are cautiously reopening their doors after months of closure. But it can be risky (not to mention costly) to do so, especially since life is hardly back to normal and regulations for reopening aren’t always clear. Here, three business owners in New York discuss what it takes to welcome their customers back in, and what scares them about the months ahead.

When COVID happened, I

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