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POLITICO has a big round up of what's happening in Europe. Appears the UK has completely changed course and followed the EU after experts said Boris' way could kill 250,000 people.
Europe hunkers down for war against coronavirus
Leaders announce unprecedented restrictions, including travel bans, as Continent fights pandemic.
By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN AND RYM MOMTAZ 3/17/20, 5:04 AM CET

It's the real Fortress Europe but not the way anyone expected. EU leaders on Monday imposed a new wave of drastic measures aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus that has infected more than 180,000 people worldwide, killed more than 7,000 and is now threatening to overwhelm health systems in the richest, most-advanced countries on Earth. "We are at war," French President Emmanuel Macron declared in a televised speech to his nation, in which he announced a 15-day lockdown that would permit only the most essential movements, beginning at noon on Tuesday. "It is of course a sanitary war," Macron said. "We are not fighting against an army, or another nation. But the enemy is here. It is invisible, elusive and it is progressing. And this requires our general mobilization." Macron's speech was just one of many remarkable public appearances on Monday by world leaders who rolled out unprecedented measures to fight the microscopic enemy.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, appearing at a news conference in Berlin, said Germany would take "radical" steps including a ban on all travel "domestically or abroad" except for urgent work trips. She said bars, theaters, museums, cinemas and non-essential shops would be closed. "These are measures that have never been seen before in our country," Merkel said, adding later: "We haven't seen a similar situation in the 70 years existence of the Federal Republic of Germany."

In Brussels, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Council President Charles Michel announced that EU leaders would impose a 30-day travel ban on foreign visitors — a move aimed at sealing off all 27 EU nations as well as Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, which are part of the Schengen passport-free travel zone. "We propose to introduce a temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the European Union," von der Leyen said at a news conference, "in order to not to spread the virus further, be it within the European Union or by leaving the European Union, but also to avoid non-essential travels, also not to have more potential strain on our health care system."
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Britain may no longer be part of the EU but it is facing similar challenges due to the pandemic. Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned the U.K. is fast approaching the peak of the coronavirus epidemic and asked everyone to stop non-essential contact and unnecessary travel. "It looks as though we are now approaching the fast growth part of the upward curve and without drastic action, cases could double every five or six days," Johnson told a press conference. Shortly after the new measures were announced, research by a team of scientists at Imperial College London, one of many groups advising government strategy on the disease, indicated that more than 250,000 people could die if the U.K. did not step up its containment measures.

On the Continent, even as the EU moved to ban travelers from third countries, airlines reeled from the near-total collapse of their industry, with Air France-KLM announcing it would cut 70 to 90 percent of its flights for the next two months, SAS Scandinavian suspending 90 percent of its operations, and an array of major carriers including Lufthansa and Alitalia turning to their home governments for giant emergency bailouts. In Italy, the EU country with the most infections and deaths, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Monday announced the approval of a €25 billion economic rescue package, including emergency aid for national and local businesses. Italian officials also said that they were racing to build a pop-up hospital for 500 patients in critical condition. The goal is to build the facility, in Milan’s fairgrounds area, in just 10 days.
More: https://www.politico.eu/article/europe- ... ronavirus/
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All Nordstrom stores in the US and Canada are closed for 2 weeks (at a minimum). Employees will receive their salaries and benefits.

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ABC13 Houston
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Seriously? Talk about nonessential.
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BREAKING: Casinos are now asking Congress for a federal bailout as Las Vegas gets hammered by coronavirus shutdown

An official w/ Wynn Resorts -- founded by a Trump donor -- floats cash payments on internal strategy call

W/ @rachsieg @OConnellPostbiz:

https://washingtonpost.com/business/202 ... -congress/
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Volkonski wrote:
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ABC13 Houston
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They closed our casinos in MS at midnight last night. You know shit is getting real when the casinos shut down. The Kroger also cut their hours, but the Waffle Houses are still open!

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McDonald's closes dining areas at company-owned restaurants
The majority of their franchise locations are likely to follow suit, McDonald's representatives said in a release.
https://www.today.com/health/mcdonald-s ... ts-t176127

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Whataburger to close all dining rooms Tuesday afternoon

https://www.khou.com/article/news/healt ... 831f67f86e
TYLER, Texas — Whataburger announced Monday the fast food chain will close the dining rooms in all restaurants Tuesday due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The dining rooms will close by 3 p.m. and will remain close indefinitely.

Whataburger will continue to offer its full menu through the drive-thru.

Customers will also be able to take advantage of curbside delivery for orders made online starting Thursday between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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Pre-dawn run to the Kroger for essentials. Not something I wanted to do, but my husband is on a special diet and I had no choice since he's home for the foreseeable future. It wasn't horrible, but I only saw one person with gloves on and zero people other than me with hand wipes. They had most everything I needed even though I got the last box of steel cut oats and had to sub in brand name or generic for some stuff. No cashiers open, self check out only. I always use the self check out so ordinarily that wouldn't be a problem. We have 20 SCO terminals and it goes pretty fast. I also am real tookie about how my stuff gets packed. EXCEPT.....the terminals apparently shut down after 100 items no matter what. It doesn't even let you check out at that point and pay, it just shuts down. 4 of the 10 terminals on the end of the store I was on had people with 2 baskets of stuff. Every time it shut down, they had to call the store manager because it's apparently something the cashier herself can't override. And they had to start over checking out! No signs to that effect and even the cashier didn't seem to realize it until the store manager showed up the first time it shut down. They were out of boudin and ham hocks. One bag of dried split peas in the entire dried bean section (and it had a hole in it) so it didn't matter that they were out of ham hocks anyway. How does Chicken of the Sea stay in business? Shelves of tuna and canned chicken were decimated except for the Chicken of the Sea stuff. It didn't look like it had been touched, even though it was on sale. And the worst part of living in the south is everyone, whether you know them or not, wants to stop and chat. Face to face. A foot away from you.

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I walked through Nordstrom a week or so ago. They have already turned 1/4 of the second floor into online pickup. Looks like my Nordstrom is ready.
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Las Vegas Grinds to a Halt

https://www.courthousenews.com/las-vega ... to-a-halt/
Slot machines switched off, blackjack tables deserted, several of the biggest casinos in Las Vegas will shut their doors Tuesday to tackle the spread of the new coronavirus.

The sweeping closures will deal a heavy blow to tourists and gamblers — and many of the city’s vulnerable contract workers.

The virus claimed its first victim in Nevada on Monday, with a death reported in Clark County, home to Las Vegas, packed with world-famous hotels and casinos.

With authorities now recommending that mass events with 10 or more people be canceled, MGM Resorts said it would temporarily suspend operations until further notice.
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The local upscale grocery store where I normally shop - Lund’s & Byerly’s - sent out an email saying that their hours are reduced to 7am - 9pm so that a thorough cleaning of the store can be done each night. They’ve also asked that only high risk customers shop from 7am to 8am, right after the overnight cleaning.
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With restaurants now limited to takeout in Dallas and Houston, Texas Restaurant Association CRO Anna Tauzin said the organization is projecting job loss of 500,000 in the state's restaurant industry, the Chronicle's Jasper Scherer reports.
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/h ... 133884.php

Austin may start similar closures later today.
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I’m going down to my brother’s tomorrow to help my sister-in-law with their taxes. That got me thinking. I would hate to be working for any tax prep company or CPA firm right now - all that close contact time and handling of documents.
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MN-Skeptic wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 9:16 am
The local upscale grocery store where I normally shop - Lund’s & Byerly’s - sent out an email saying that their hours are reduced to 7am - 9pm so that a thorough cleaning of the store can be done each night. They’ve also asked that only high risk customers shop from 7am to 8am, right after the overnight cleaning.
If it weren’t for the weather, sweartagod Minnesota would be the most popular state in the whole of the USA. Never have I been in a state[*] with such an efficient bureaucracy, a state where the majority truly care about quality of life for everybody, where acts of generosity and kindness are the rule, not the exception.

[*]Caveat: I am basing my opinion on three long-term projects in St. Paul and Minneapolis, not as a resident.

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From Business Insider -

Amazon is suspending all shipments other than medical supplies and household staples to its warehouses amid coronavirus crisis
Amazon is now blocking sellers from shipping non-essential products to its warehouses in response to the significant increase in orders it's seeing as the novel coronarvirus spreads across the country.

On Tuesday, Amazon told sellers in an email that it will only accept shipments of "household staples, medical supplies, and other high-demand products" to its warehouse until April 5 to deal with the high demand of those products amid the coronavirus crisis.

That means sellers who use Amazon's storage and delivery network for a fixed fee, through a program called Fulfillment by Amazon, will no longer be able to ship non-essential products to Amazon. It doesn't affect last-mile shipments of those products to consumers.

Amazon said in the email that it's now prioritizing shipment in the following six categories: baby product; health & household (including personal care appliances); beauty & personal care; grocery; industrial & scientific; pet supplies.
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[pragmatism]For those who are able, go to the grocery store today. Stores are restocking from the hoards that ravaged them over the weekend. Get your essentials, and be ready to shelter in place. And don't forget your neighbors please and thank you [/pragmatism]

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Commerce Bank, the last St. Louis area "locally" owned "big bank", goes drive through only:
Your well-being is our priority
Commerce Bank is committed to the health and safety of our customers, team members and communities. In this very fluid situation, we are taking every effort to best serve the needs of our customers in a manner that promotes health and safety for all.

Given guidance from the CDC on limiting the spread of COVID-19 and as a precautionary measure, we will provide drive-thru service only at all of our branch locations, effective March 17, 2020 until further notice. For locations that do not offer drive-thru service, visit our locations page for details on the closest drive-thru or ATM to support account withdrawals and deposits. If you require access to your Safe Deposit Box, please notify a banker in the drive-thru and they will assist you.

As the coronavirus continues to evolve and be a very fluid situation, this decision is an effort to practice the CDC’s social distancing recommendation while ensuring we’re available to more safely serve our customers during regular hours.

We expect the increased traffic in our drive-thru lanes may cause longer wait times. We appreciate your patience as we work to serve you as quickly as possible. Please visit our locations page for normal drive-thru hours at all Commerce Bank locations.

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Florida Governor ordering all bars and nightclubs closed for 30 days starting today at 5pm. Restaurants can remain open but at reduced seating capacity of 50% maintaining a 6ft distance between parties.
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NMgirl wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:30 am
If it weren’t for the weather, sweartagod Minnesota would be the most popular state in the whole of the USA. Never have I been in a state[*] with such an efficient bureaucracy, a state where the majority truly care about quality of life for everybody, where acts of generosity and kindness are the rule, not the exception.

[*]Caveat: I am basing my opinion on three long-term projects in St. Paul and Minneapolis, not as a resident.
Just saw this in my facebook feed :lol:

In the midst of a global pandemic and our Minnesota friends are not willing to take the last one. 😂 one of the many reasons why I love it here.

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I am working from home and listening to the traffic outside. I can't tell any difference. I'm renting a commercial/residential property on the main drag and love it more than I thought I would. But yeah, not much in the way of curtailed activity in my town.

Florida, of course. I guess the governor must have gotten the go ahead from Faux and Orange Shitgibbon. Announcing closings because of the Democratic hoax.
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KID ROCK’S NASHVILLE RESTAURANT WON’T CLOSE DUE TO CORONAVIRUS
https://www.tmz.com/2020/03/16/kid-rock ... ronavirus/
Kid Rock's Nashville honky tonk says it will NOT shut down over coronavirus ... despite the city's orders ... and Kid's joint ain't alone in taking this defiant stand.

Restaurateur Steve Smith -- who co-owns Kid Rock's Big Ass Honky Tonk & Steakhouse -- put out a blistering response Sunday to Nashville Mayor John Cooper's recent directive that all bars in town close up, and restaurants cut their capacity in half.

He says rather matter of factly, "We appreciate the efforts of Mayor Cooper to combat the COVID-19 virus, but unless there's a statewide mandate that directs all bars and restaurants to be closed, the request made by Mayor Cooper is unconstitutional as he is targeting a select group of businesses."

Smith adds, "[A] Tootsie's patron as immediate as last night, mentioned having lived through the polio epidemic and didn't recall such extreme measures being handed down in history."
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Looks like Steve Smith's had a change of heart in about 24 hours time -- the restaurateur has reportedly caved to public pressure and is now saying he will, in fact, be closing up all his bars and restaurants, including Kid Rock's Big Ass Honky Tonk & Steakhouse.
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Dierks Bentley, on the other hand, is giving $1000.00 each to all 90 of the employees at his restaurant.

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The Mall of America is closing for two weeks.
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Went shopping today. All of sugar and flour was sold out. I guess with all restaurants locked down including catering, there is neither take-away, everyone is suddenly cooking at home.

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