Starbucks To Permit Personal Reusable Cups in Stores Starting June 22

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Starbucks Corporation (Nasdaq: SBUX) said customers can start using reusable cups again at company-owned cafes in the US later this month, more than a year after pausing the program due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an announcement Tuesday, the Seattle-based coffee giant said it would reintroduce the service starting June 22 through a “completely contactless” method that eliminates “any shared touch points between the customer and baristas.”

Disneyland Reopens Friday After 13 Months Closed, Highlighting California's COVID-19 Turnaround

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Four months ago, America’s most populous state was struggling to combat a surge in coronavirus hospitalizations that packed patients into outdoor tents and killed hundreds of people each day.

On Friday, Disneyland, California’s world-famous theme park, will reopen to visitors after an unprecedented 13-month closure in what tourism officials hope is a sign of the state’s rebound from the pandemic. For now, the park is allowing only in-state visitors and operating at limited capacity.

Gov. Gavin Newsom Says California Will Reopen Economy Fully on June 15

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California will fully reopen its economy on June 15 if COVID-19 hospitalizations are low and stable, and vaccine supplies are plentiful enough for everyone over the age of 16 who wants to be inoculated, Governor Gavin Newsom said on Tuesday.

The move to end pandemic restrictions in the most populous U.S. state comes as California continues to ramp up its vaccination efforts, with about 360,000 doses administered per day and 7.5 million people fully vaccinated.

Regal Cinemas To Reopen 500 US Locations on April 2

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As lockdown restrictions ease across the US, Regal Cinemas, the nation’s second largest theater chain, will reopen following a six-month pandemic-related shutdown.

On Tuesday, Regal’s parent company, Cineworld Group plc (OTC US: CNWGY), said about 500 locations will open April 2, with the release of Godzilla vs. Kong. More theaters across the country will welcome back guests for the April 16 release of Mortal Kombat.

AMC To Have 98% of US Theaters Open Friday; 99% by March 26

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AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc (NYSE: AMC), the world’s largest movie theater chain, announced it will open 98% of its US locations starting Friday and 99% of its theaters by March 26, a promising sign after the company was almost forced to declare bankruptcy earlier this year.

The chain’s announcement on Thursday comes almost a year after many of its theaters were shut due to rising coronavirus cases.

Disney To Reopen California Theme Parks on April 30

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After closing its California theme parks for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) is gearing up to welcome back visitors next month.

The company announced Wednesday that Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park will reopen to the public on April 30, with limited capacity.

NFL Season Begins, Concerns of Coronavirus Spread Continue

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Are you ready for some football?

The kickoff of the NFL season Thursday with 17,000 fans in the stadium illustrates the nation’s determination to resume its most popular sport in the middle of a pandemic that has already killed nearly 200,000 Americans.

The topic has led to passionate debates at the state and local level, including whether to allow high school seasons to proceed and how many fans to allow in professional and college stadiums.

While Major League Baseball and the NBA have played without fans, the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs were allowed to open the season Thursday night against the Houston Texans at 22 percent capacity. The remainder of the NFL teams start their seasons Sunday with restrictions that vary by stadium, with some games devoid of fans and others with scaled-back crowd sizes like Kansas City.

New York City Restaurants To Resume Limited Indoor Dining; Los Angeles Nixes Halloween Parties

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New York City restaurants struggling to stay in business after months of closures imposed in the face of the coronavirus pandemic won a long-awaited approval on Wednesday to resume limited indoor dining.

But Los Angeles County health officials prohibited Halloween parties and said children should not be allowed to trick or treat during the popular fall holiday on Oct. 31.

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Governors Considering Reopening Bars As Cases Drop Off in Some States

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A guy walks into a bar, which still isn’t allowed in Texas.

But Jeff Brightwell owns this bar. Two months into an indefinite shutdown, he’s just checking on the place — the tables six feet apart, the “Covid 19 House Rules” sign instructing drinkers not to mingle. All the safeguards that didn’t keep the doors open because Dot’s Hop House & Cocktail Courtyard is a bar under Texas law. And bars, in a pandemic? “Really not good,” Dr. Anthony Fauc...

Private Payrolls Miss Expectations, Point to Slowing Labor Market Recovery

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U.S. private employers hired fewer workers than expected for a second straight month in August, suggesting that the labor market recovery was slowing as the COVID-19 pandemic persists and government money to support workers and employers dries up.

Large businesses accounted for the bulk of the job gains shown in the ADP National Employment Report on Wednesday, with small enterprises posting a modest increase. A $600 weekly unemploym...

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