Businesses ask questions about reopening during Zoom meeting

first_imgBROOME COUNTY (WBNG) — During the first of three Zoom meetings aimed at helping businesses reopen while keeping people safe from coronavirus, Broome County Executive Jason Garnar spoke to more than 200 business owners Tuesday about the reopening plan. The state will also reopen businesses in four phases. Businesses, such as those in construction, manufacturing, and wholesale supply chains, are allowed to reopen in phase one, starting May 15. The state will inform the county when it can move into phase 2 to reopen more businesses. Garnar also urged business leaders to create a gameplan so they can reopen. Businesses are required to submit their plan to the state through a portal before they resume operations. The plan “must be visible and public”, and designed to limit the spread of coronavirus to protest employees and consumers. The county will provide guidance as to when the portal is active. During the meeting, Garnar told the audience he believes hair salons and dental offices fall into phase 2 of the reopening guidelines, while churches are considered in phase 4, unless the state provides more guidance. Speaking for more than an hour, Garnar laid out the county’s role and explained what business owners need to do to prepare for reopening, an issue Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed in his daily news conference, held at Binghamton University Tuesday afternoon. Garnar also informed the businesses the region must also constantly meet the 7 guidelines for reopening. The Southern Tier was one of three regions in New York State that met the criteria. For information on the reopening phases, click here. If the Southern Tier falls below the threshold, businesses could be required to shut back down. Garnar said it’s important businesses and the community work to meet the requirements. In the first half of the meeting, Garnar spoke about the county’s efforts to slow the spread of the virus. He explained how the county addressed multiple challenges, such as filling healthcare requests for personal protective equipment (PPE), and providing masks to the public.last_img read more

In Asia, bucking the global lockdown trend

first_imgWhen success slips Similar successes have been seen in Hong Kong and Singapore, although their outbreaks are beginning to worsen.Both cities moved comparatively fast to screen arrivals from China and used contact tracing to keep initial infections down.That allowed them to avoid the kind of complete lockdowns seen across a growing swathe of the globe.But infections have spiked in recent weeks as residents return home to flee the growing outbreaks in Europe and North America.Hong Kong now has 936 confirmed cases and four deaths while Singapore has 1,375 and six deaths.Both cities are now ramping up enforced social distancing measures.In recent days Singapore announced it would close schools and workplaces as well as quarantining some 20,000 migrant workers in their dormitories.Hong Kong’s schools have been shuttered since early on and most civil servants are working from home.But the government recently banned more than four people gathering in public and shut down entertainment venues including bars, karaoke businesses and mahjong parlors.Bernard Chan, a top advisor to city leader Carrie Lam, recently warned tougher measures could be rolled out if infections continue to rise.”We could simply impose a much bigger lockdown across the city and tell all non-essential businesses to close so nearly everyone stays home most of the time for a few weeks,”  he told RTHK news. The government of President Tsai Ing-wen, whose deputy is an epidemiologist, made tough decisions while the crisis was nascent to stave off the kind of pain now convulsing much of the rest of the world.”Countries like Taiwan are exemplary,” Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who is funneling his billions into vaccine research, told Fox News this week.”And so they won’t either have the disease burden or the economic effect that other countries will have.”Much like antibodies are formed to fight off the next infection, Taiwan’s response was forged in a previous epidemic — the deadly SARS outbreak in 2003. This time the island was ready. Flattening the curve Before Wuhan was even locked down, Taiwan activated its Central Epidemic Command Centre, began screening arrivals, rolled out comprehensive testing and deployed detailed contact tracing.It soon closed off all travel from China, its biggest trading partner, even when the World Health Organization — a body it is frozen out of by Beijing — was advising against such a step.A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association documented 124 early actions the command center took at a time when much of the rest of the world was barely considering the possibility of a pandemic.Jason Wang, a Stanford Medicine professor who co-wrote the study, said those steps bought Taiwan crucial time to ramp up testing and mask production.”Two weeks is a lot of time when the virus is spreading exponentially,” he told AFP.”Before definitive evidence is available, it is better to be cautious when you are dealing with an unknown virus.  We all learned a hard lesson,” he added.South Korea is being hailed in a different way — as a country that managed to flatten the infection curve despite a major outbreak.In late February the coronavirus exploded in the southern city of Daegu via a cluster within a religious group.At its peak, 909 new infections were found in one day. In total more than 10,000 people have been confirmed infected in South Korea with 192 deaths.But six weeks on, Daegu registered its first single-digit daily rise in confirmed cases.Meanwhile much of the rest of South Korea is running comparatively smoothly with widely adopted social distancing measures remaining advisory, not compulsory.Experts have cited widespread testing as a major factor as well as contact tracing and quarantines for all positive patients.South Korea had a workable test within just a few weeks of the government issuing tenders and is now a major exporter of kits around the world.center_img As the coronavirus pandemic sparks global lockdowns, life has continued comparatively unhindered in places like Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong after their governments and citizens took decisive early action against the unfolding crisis.At first glance Taiwan looks like an ideal candidate for the coronavirus. The island of 23 million lies just 180 kilometers off mainland China.Yet nearly 100 days in, Taiwan has just 376 confirmed cases and five fatalities while restaurants, bars, schools, universities and offices remain open. Topics :last_img read more

AITEO Cup: Rangers/Lobi Clash Headlines Round of 32

first_imgThe pairing of 2018/2019 CAF Champions League campaigners Lobi Stars of Makurdi and CAF Confederation Cup contenders Rangers International of Enugu is the pick of the Round of 32 fixtures of this year’s AITEO Cup men’s competition. Both heavyweights lock horns at the Bako Kontagora Stadium, Minna on Wednesday.There is another all-NPFL tie, between Rivers United and Akwa United (in Enugu), as well as mouth-watering encounters between Gombe United and Niger Tornadoes (Lafia), Katsina United and Shooting Stars (Abuja) and Kogi United and Plateau United (Abuja).A total of 14 matches in the men’s competition are up across the Federation on Wednesday, while there will be two men’s games on Thursday alongside all the eight matches in the women’s Round of 16. In the women’s event, Cup holders Rivers Angels tackle Adamawa Queens in Makurdi, FC Robo are up against Sunshine Queens in Osogbo and Nasarawa Amazons will contend with Pelican Stars in Enugu.Fortress Ladies must negotiate matters with Confluence Queens in Ado-Ekiti, just as Osun Babes must against Delta Queens in Ijebu-Ode and Abia Angels have to against Ibom Angels in Abakaliki.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more