Opinion | We need a serious conversation on reopening strategies, not arguments based in fantasy

Sadly, the Roosevelt will not be the first hotel to be closed by the pandemic when it shutters at the end of this month. But it will become part of another historic trend, as covid-19 scythes through entire sectors, and not just commercial ones.

Kids are losing out on a year of education, and the biggest losers are the vulnerable ones whose parents can’t step in as substitute teachers. The arts are withering, along with restaurants and hotels and commercial office buildings: New York’s Metropolitan Opera canceled its 2020-21 schedule, and Broadway will remain closed at least through May. Expect other cities to follow suit, and big arts complexes that were already struggling with changing tastes may not recover from the revenue drought.

Many of the businesses that are closing will never come back, and some of the lives that are being upended will probably stay upside down forever. But

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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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Small business coalition continues push for new reopening plan

SAN DIEGO – A coalition made up of San Diego County businesses is taking the next steps in its push for a new local economic reopening plan.

“Currently, there is no green tier,” said Jon Weber, owner of Cowboy Star Restaurant and Butcher Shop and founder of the We Mean Business coalition. “Currently, there is no light at the end of the tunnel.”

Weber started the coalition as a way for local businesses to join together toward the end of what has been a tumultuous year for most industries amid the coronavirus pandemic. Dozens of others have joined him in recent weeks to hold several rallies and now many of them are on board to sign a petition on the group’s website.

They hope it will force San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors to meet them halfway to draft a less restrictive reopening plan.

“It’s our commitment to the county

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Central Texas bars reopening and staying closed

Bars can only reopen on Oct. 14 if the county judge of each county opts in with the TABC.

AUSTIN, Texas — Editor’s note: KVUE has reached out to all Central Texas county judges on their decision. This story will be updated on what they decide.

Some local bars are reopening their doors again.

On Sept. 7, Gov. Greg Abbott announced that all Texas bars can reopen at 50% capacity after hinting about it on social media. But, there’s a catch. The bars can only reopen on Oct. 14 if the county judge of each county opts in with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC). 

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The bars in counties that do allow them to reopen must follow strict guidelines. Bars must make sure all customers are seated while eating or drinking and groups

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