Coronavirus safety measures at restaurants, Dr. Birx says, needs to happen at house parties

Adella Miesner

Pushing people out of restaurants and into house parties is not the way to cap the coronavirus.

a person talking on a cell phone: CAMBRIDGE, MA: October 9, 2020: Dr. Deborah Birx speaks with the media after attending a roundtable with local college and university presidents at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts.(Staff photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

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CAMBRIDGE, MA: October 9, 2020: Dr. Deborah Birx speaks with the media after attending a roundtable with local college and university presidents at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts.(Staff photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

Don’t take my word for it, just listen to Dr. Deborah Birx.

“Please bring that same discipline that you’re bringing to the public spaces into your household and really limit engagement with others outside of your immediate household,” Birx said Friday during a stop in Boston.

Please take note, Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. Don’t close restaurants at all costs.

It is true that coronavirus cases are increasing in the Bay State — as predicted — in part due to colder weather and more people indoors.

Yet, shutting restaurants

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Is coronavirus accelerating the growth of plant-based meat?

Adella Miesner

In March, as offices, restaurants and schools closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, sales in the grocery sector shot up 26.9%, compared to the month before, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Food categories from baking ingredients to canned beans saw gigantic sales boosts. Both plant-based and conventional meats saw sales spike as consumers filled their refrigerators and freezers for the long haul.

But comparing plant-based and conventional meat, the size of the increase was very different. According to Nielsen, sales of fresh plant-based meat alternatives have nearly doubled every month this year. In March, grocery stores sold 231% more fresh plant-based than a year prior. IRI data analyzed by The Good Food Institute saw an even larger increase, with plant -based meat sales 454% higher than the previous year the week of March 21.

Conventional meat sales saw a bump too, but it was much smaller. Nielsen reported

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Trump at Florida rally pledges to dole out coronavirus drugs

Adella Miesner

President Trump pledged Monday to provide Americans the same groundbreaking treatments he benefited from during his recovery from the coronavirus, seizing the campaign limelight as if he never left it in his first rally since testing positive for the virus at the start of October.

Mr. Trump showed no obvious signs of illness as he gleefully flung campaign swag to the Florida crowd like a stadium vendor with peanuts.

“Here we are!” Mr. Trump told supporters in Sanford after nearly two weeks on the sidelines. “We’re going to make this country greater than ever before.”

The president, trailing in many polls to Joseph R. Biden, is trying to jumpstart his reelection bid after catching the virus that’s killed about 215,000 people in the U.S. He held a brief rally-style event at the White House on Saturday and is scheduled to campaign in Pennsylvania on Tuesday and in Iowa on Wednesday.

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Coronavirus wrecked Venitta’s hopes of having a big, traditional Lebanese wedding

Adella Miesner

There’s no such thing as less is more when it comes to a Lebanese wedding.

Fireworks, drums and hundreds of guests on the dancefloor, the sound of high-pitched tongue trills filling the room.

It’s the way things have been done for centuries, until now.

Coronavirus has forced engaged couples to choose between commitment and culture — just ask bride Venitta Issa, and her mother Eva.

“There were tears, yelling, neither of us felt like our perspectives were being heard,” Venitta said.

While Eva wanted her daughter to postpone until things returned to normal, Venitta didn’t want to sit in limbo.

“One year we went to a wedding every weekend, it’s a way of life,” Eva said.

“Being my only daughter, I didn’t want her to sacrifice on the big wedding and to miss out.”

Venitta married her fiance Craig Lamrock in an intimate church ceremony in Mortlake on Saturday.


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Maple Heights lounge receives third coronavirus health order violation citation; Kent bar also cited

Adella Miesner

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A Maple Heights cocktail lounge has now received its third coronavirus health order violation citation since June after it was visited by the Ohio Investigative Unit and Maple Heights police Saturday.

In addition to the Maple Heights restaurant, a popular Kent bar, 157 Lounge, also received an OIU citation Saturday night.

Vivid Cocktail Lounge, on Broadway Avenue, received citations on June 13 and September 20, according to a news release. The June 13 incident was brought before the Ohio Liquor Control Commission in August, where the owners admitted to the violation regarding the lack of social distancing measures.

The bar received a 15-day suspension of its liquor license, but the owners were also offered the option to pay a $3,000 fine in lieu of the license suspension, information from the Ohio Liquor Control Commission states.

On Saturday, OIU agents and Maple Heights police were again called to

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Texas’ John Cornyn, MJ Hegar clash on coronavirus, SCOTUS in Senate debate

Adella Miesner

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U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and his Democratic opponent, MJ Hegar, butted heads Friday evening in a debate over a host of timely issues — the coronavirus pandemic, race and policing, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

As the two appeared together in Austin, Cornyn repeatedly bashed Hegar as a puppet of Democratic leaders in Washington, D.C., suggesting her views are too liberal for Texas. She in turn challenged him to train his attacks on her and argued he has lost touch with the state after 18 years in the Senate.

Cornyn stuck to his efforts to yoke Hegar to U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, warning they want to “make Texas more like California and New York.” He argued “respect is on the ballot” —

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Syracuse restaurant closes indefinitely after potential coronavirus exposure

Adella Miesner

Syracuse. N.Y. — The Mission, a Mexican/Latin American restaurant in downtown Syracuse near Columbus Circle, has closed indefinitely after learning a worker may have been exposed to the coronavirus.

In a Facebook post, owner Steve Morrison said the employee “did NOT come into direct contact with any of our guests.” Morrison also indicated the Onondaga County Health Department advised that he was not obligated to close.

But Morrison decided to shut down anyway as a precaution.

“We have consulted with the Onondaga County Health Department and in accordance with their regulations, we are able to continue our operations at this time,” Morrison wrote in his post. “However, we feel that until the results from the test come back, we must take the proper precautions to avoid the potential for further exposure to our staff and of course you, our treasured guests, by closing until further notice.

“We will keep you

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Wisconsin Restaurant Association says 1 in 10 restaurants have permanently closed since Coronavirus began

Adella Miesner

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Restaurant Association says should local restaurants not receive state or government assistance, more could end up closing their doors for good during the winter.

Roughly 1 in 3 restaurant employees have already been laid off, according to WRA Vice President Susan Quam.

“I don’t think any of us realized that this was going to be stretching well into the fall, now rapidly approaching cold weather winter months,” Quam said.

While Quam says local businesses saw an outpouring of support at the beginning of the pandemic, she says restaurants cannot survive with limited capacity.

“Restaurants are a type of business to where they need to be running at as high of a volume as possible for them to have any kind of ability to make money,” she

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McDonald’s, Chipotle and Domino’s Are Booming During Coronavirus While Your Neighborhood Restaurant Struggles

Adella Miesner

The coronavirus pandemic is splitting the restaurant industry in two. Big, well capitalized chains like

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.


Domino’s Pizza Inc.

are gaining customers and adding stores while tens of thousands of local eateries go bust.

Larger operators generally have the advantages of more capital, more leverage on lease terms, more physical space, more geographic flexibility and prior expertise with drive-throughs, carryout and delivery. A similarly uneven recovery is unfolding across the business world as big firms have tended to fare far better during the pandemic than small rivals, thinning the ranks of entrepreneurs who could eventually become major U.S. employers. In the retail world, bigger chains like

Walmart Inc.


Target Corp.

are posting strong sales while many small shops struggle to stay open.

The divide between large and small restaurants surfaced in the summer. Chipotle more than tripled its online business sales in the second quarter

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Nick Nairn tells Nicola Sturgeon ‘shut schools not restaurants’ to stem coronavirus

Adella Miesner

Scots celebrity chef Nick Nairn says tough new lockdown restrictions are unfairly penalising the hospitality sector – and will do no good.

Nicola Sturgeon announced the measures on Wednesday afternoon as part of a “short, sharp” package aimed at curbing the rising spread of coronavirus.

From 6pm this Friday pubs and restaurants will only be able to open indoor spaces between 6am and 6pm and will be barred from serving alcohol there – though they can sell drinks outside until 10pm.

But in the central belt, again from Friday, all licensed premises will have to shut for a 16-day period.

And TV star Nick questioned the effectiveness of the measures and warned that top Scots restaurants are on the verge of closing for good.

Speaking to the Daily Record he said: “I’m telling you right now, this is the wrong thing to do. I don’t think it’ll do any good

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