Gov. Abbott calls for the release of woman who reopened salon despite state’s COVID orders

first_imgDallas County Sheriff’s DepartmentBY: Ivan Pereira, ABC News(DALLAS) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called for the release of a Dallas salon owner who was jailed for repeatedly defying his executive order to shut down her business due to coronavirus precautions.Dallas Civil District Judge Eric Moyé criticized Shelly Luther on Tuesday for keeping her business, Salon a la Mode, open last week despite a citation, a cease and desist letter and a restraining order. During the hearing, Luther admitted that her business was still open partially, and the judge scolded her for blatantly disobeying the law meant to protect residents. Moyé ordered her to be jailed for a week for her violations.“The rule of law governs us. People cannot take it upon themselves to determine what they will and will not do,” he said during the hearing.Abbott had nonessential businesses close all of April as the pandemic spread throughout the state. Last weekend, he lifted restrictions on select businesses, including restaurants and malls, and on Tuesday he said hair and nail salons will be allowed to open on Friday with restrictions on the number of customers.Luther, who has participated in several protests against the governor’s orders and publically ripped the cease and desist letter, kept her salon open for more than a week after she was issued the restraining order. She told the judge she didn’t regret her actions and would continue to keep her salon open.“If you think the law’s more important than kids getting fed, then please go ahead with your decision, but I am not going to shut the salon,” she said.In addition to the jail time Judge Moyé, who had to tell Luther to stop interrupting him, ordered her to pay a fine of at least $3,500.On Wednesday Abbott called the judge’s ruling “excessive” and said jail time should only be used for the most excessive violations of his orders. He called for her release.“Compliance with executive orders during this pandemic is important to ensure public safety; however, surely there are less restrictive means to achieving that goal than jailing a Texas mother,” he said in a statement.Luther’s attorney didn’t immediately return messages for comment to ABC News. He told reporters he would appeal the decision.Dallas is the second-highest Texas county with COVID cases, 4,623, according to data from the state and the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The county has seen 121 deaths, according to the data.State health officials said Wednesday there were signs the virus was spreading as there were 34,422 cases across Texas, which was a 1,053 jump from Tuesday, and 948 COVID fatalities — an increase of 42 from Tuesday.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Mexico stops accepting families turned away from the US/Mexico border due to Trump-era COVID-19 order

first_imgstellalevi/iStockBy LUKE BARR and QUINN OWEN, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Mexico has stopped accepting families designated for “expulsion” from the U.S.-Mexico border under the auspice of a COVID-19 order held over from the Trump administration, a source familiar with the matter confirms to ABC News.The directive relies on a decades-old section of the public health code known as Title 42. It has been used to quickly deport or “expel” migrants at the border more than 380,000 times since the pandemic began, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data.The unwillingness of some Mexican states to accept families could potentially lead to an increase in the release of parents and children into the United States.Trump administration officials previously cited Title 42 as a necessary measure to deal with the reduced capacity of holding facilities impacted by the pandemic. Advocates have decried the protocols, saying they severely limit access to legal services for refugees. Most migrants subjected to Title 42 measures are returned to Mexico in a matter of hours.CBP acknowledged in a statement the use of “alternatives to detention” which can include ankle monitoring or bonded release as a means to handle increased numbers of migrants entering immigration custody.“Whenever feasible we are seeking alternatives to detention in cases where the law allows,” CBP said in a statement. “For those released, CBP may work with non-government organizations who will assist them through the out-of-custody process.”In his first televised interview as Homeland Security Secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas stressed the rule of law when asked how he would balance immigration enforcement with renewed compassion for immigrants while announcing an end to “the cruelty of the prior administration.”“We have asylum laws that provide humanitarian relief,” Mayorkas told CNN. “Those who qualify under those laws are entitled to the relief that we extend those who do not, will not, be able to remain in our country.”President Joe Biden has spoken to Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and other Latin American counterparts about the need to strictly enforce “humane” policies at the border.“The last thing we need is to say ‘we’re going to stop immediately the, you know, the access to asylum the way it is being run now,’ and end up with 2 million people on our border,” Biden said in December. “It’s a matter of setting up the guardrail so we can move in the direction.”Authorities have seen an increase of unauthorized migrants at the southern border, including families and children traveling alone, since April of last year, according to CBP data.The division of the U.S. government responsible for care of unaccompanied migrant children has prepared for an influx that could overwhelm its already expanded capacity.The Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families division announced it will reopen a remote facility in Carrizo Springs, Texas, to accommodate 700 teens with the option of further expanding the site by adding tent structures.“[The Office of Refugee Resettlement] must ensure that children can be released from CBP custody in a timely manner,” ACF said in a statement. “It is therefore prudent to prepare to increase the number of shelter beds available so that ORR continues to be able to accept [unaccompanied child] referrals from CBP in a timely manner.”The children are expected to start arriving in about the next two weeks after clearing a COVID-19 screening, according to ACF.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Stratospheric influence on circulation changes in Southern Hemisphere troposphere in coupled climate models

first_imgThe recent intensification of the circumpolar circulation in the SH troposphere in summer and autumn has been attributed to external forcing such as stratospheric ozone depletion and greenhouse gas (GHG) increases. Several studies have shown that climate models are able to simulate observed changes when forced by observed ozone trends or combined ozone and GHG trends. However, as some of these studies suffered from erroneously specified forcing, the reason for the circulation intensification remains debatable. Here, we re-approach this issue using data from 21 CMIP3 models. We demonstrate that only models that include ozone depletion simulate downward propagation of the circulation changes from the stratosphere to the troposphere similar to that observed, with GHG increases causing significant Antarctic geopotential height trends only in the lower troposphere. These changes are simulated by the majority of the ozone-forced models except those with the lowest vertical resolution between 300 hPa and 10 hPa. Citation: Karpechko, A. Yu., N. P. Gillett, G. J. Marshall, and A. A. Scaife (2008), Stratospheric influence on circulation changes in the Southern Hemisphere troposphere in coupled climate models, Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L20806, doi: 10.1029/2008GL035354.last_img read more

Tickets Still Available for Duprees’ VFW Benefit Concert on Friday

first_imgThe DupreesThe fabulous Duprees bring the doo-wop sounds of the 1960s to the Ocean City Music Pier on Friday in a concert that benefits the local Ferguson Foglio Post 6650 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. July 3 on the Ocean City Music Pier, and it also will feature the ’60s Girl Group Experience, the First Ladies of Rock & Soul.The Duprees are known for their romantic interpretations of love songs. The Jersey City quartet hit it big in 1962 with “You Belong to Me” and had many other Top 10 hits with their unique sound and outstanding vocal harmonies.The First Ladies of Rock and Soul are a band of seasoned singers and musicians paying tribute to the songs of the “girl groups” of the 1960s. These timeless songs have captivated audiences for generations through radio, TV, movies and theater.Tickets are $38 and available:Online the box office: Buy Duprees tickets now.At the Ocean City Music Pier Box Office open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. most days (609-525-9248).Also available at City Hall (ground floor at 9th Street and Asbury Avenue) and at the Route 52 Causeway Welcome Centerlast_img read more

Irish independents to struggle

first_imgIndependent retailers in the Republic of Ireland are set to feel the squeeze from large international players tempted by the market’s impressive growth rates, according to a new report.Published by Verdict Research, part of Datamonitor, the report said that the Irish Republic’s E24.4bn retail market has grown by 34% over the past five years.Retailers are attracted to Ireland because of strong economic growth and a favourable demographic profile, with purchasing power in Ireland among the highest in the EU, said retail analyst Daniel Lucht. As a consequence many Irish independents operating across various sectors are set to disappear.”The likes of Tesco, IKEA and Home Retail Group will aggressively grow their market share over coming years,” he said.last_img

Creating a Wow2go factor

first_imgEnivronmentally friendly packaging firm wewow has launched a new presentation box for the food-to-go market. The firm developed its wow-box for the outside catering industry earlier this year, and has now introduced the first Wow2gobox as an eye-catching presentation for cupcakes.The box is produced from a single piece of sustainable board, and is also versatile as a marketing tool as it can be fully branded.To ensure as little wastage as possible from the production of the boxes, the firm also offers three cupcake holder inserts (to hold four or six cupcakes, or 20 mini cupcakes) and a from/to tag, for clients, from the waste material of every Wow2gobox produced.last_img

Speech: The City of London’s Offer to Nigeria

first_imgHonourable Minister, High Commissioner, ladies and gentlemen.It is a real honour to be here with you all this afternoon.I’d like to start by thanking the Honourable Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment whom I first met in London at the UK/Nigeria Trade & Investment Summit in the margins of the Commonwealth Business Forum. I also had the pleasure of meeting him alongside His Excellency Vice-President Osinbajo in Abuja a few days ago. Many thanks for that generous introduction and for joining us today.Just a few words about myself, I have the privilege of being the 690th Lord Mayor of the City of London. And often get asked two questions:· “Gosh, have you been around for all that length of time?”· And, “What is the difference between you and the Mayor of London” – my good friend Sadiq Khan.As the Lord Mayor, my principal role is to act as an ambassador and a key spokesperson for the UK’s financial and professional services sector, which has had its historic links in the City…It is a sector that employs two point three million people nationwide……it accounts for some twelve per cent of our GDP…It is the world’s leading exporter of financial services, it has the largest insurance sector in Europe, and hosts more than 250 foreign banks – more than any other international financial centre.It is a national, European and international jewel.In this role, I will spend some 110 days during my year in office travelling to 30 countries to promote the UK financial and professional services sector. And it is no coincidence that I have chosen Nigeria – an important bilateral partner with whom the UK already enjoys a special bond as evidenced by the important contribution the 200,000-strong Nigerian diaspora make to the UK. We have a rich history of collaboration and a joint desire to deepen this further.And whilst in Nigeria, I have five key objectives:First, to provide assurance that the City of London will remain the pre-eminent global financial centre well into the future.Second, to advance the strong ties that exist between the UK and Nigeria.Third, to harness this relationship to improve bilateral trade, investment and business-to-business opportunities.Fourth, to promote innovation in financial services.And fifth and finally, to engage, discuss and promote my Mayoral programme – The Business of Trust – which aims to create a lasting legacy of better business, trusted by society.It is these five priorities that I want to talk to you about today – in short, I want to talk about the City’s offer to Nigeria.The relationship between Nigeria and the UK is strong.Our bilateral trade is strong, currently standing at around £3.4 billion pounds per annum. And it is set to become even stronger – forecast to reach £7 billion by 2030.This is a great foundation on which to build future success, but in my view, we can do much more.As I’ve travelled in Abuja and Lagos these past few days it has become abundantly clear that Nigeria – already Africa’s largest and most populous country – is at an important point. With the rapidly rising population and the current economic growth rates, the IMF has forecast declining GDP per capita for the foreseeable future. To convert the democratic reality from challenge to opportunity, the country needs to sustain some 3-4 million jobs each year and, to achieve that, economic growth must rise from the current 2 per cent to at least 6-7 per cent.Ladies and gentlemen, this is clearly possible. But to ensure the opportunity is harnessed, the economic engine needs to shift up a gear or two.I’ve been hearing during my three days in Nigeria that in order to achieve this four things need to happen:· Creating investable infrastructure assets;· Improving access to capital;· Promoting financial inclusion;· And developing an enabling and compliance-based business environment.I’m pleased to announce today that the City is well positioned to be Nigeria’s partner of choice in all four areas. Let me take each of these in turn:First, Nigeria needs to finance and create the modern infrastructure that every successful economy needs, specifically in the areas of power, gas distribution, transport, IT and broadband. Whilst not forgetting the softer areas of health and education.London hosts the largest cluster of professional and financial services required for largescale infrastructure projects. We can finance projects, advise on their legal and regulatory framework, deliver the projects through our civil engineering and project management experts, and insure the final product. In short, the City is a full-service centre for infrastructure. And more details on all these strengths can be found in this booklet published on the City of London’s website.Here are just some of the projects we are working on.On my own doorstep in London: the Crossrail project, the largest construction project in Europe – to open this December -, will provide a modern and efficient rail link crossing London from East to West.And, internationally we are busy the world over. For example, becoming key partners with China in its ‘One Belt, One Road’ programme providing the Chinese with both the hard and soft skills necessary to deliver this extraordinary vision.I said a moment ago Nigeria’s second priority should be improving access to capital – moving away from an over reliance on the banks and unlocking dead capital – be it in pensions or real estate, finding innovative solutions and unleashing the capital marketAnd Nigeria is and can further benefit from access to London’s capital markets.The City of London has always been at the forefront of financing the African growth story, ever since 1938 when the first African company listed in London.Eighty years later there are now 116 African companies listed in London with a combined market capitalisation just under £200 billion – the largest concentration of African listed companies outside of Africa. But the City of London will not rest on this privileged history. We are here to work in partnership and collaboration to innovate on financing solutions underlined by the strong partnership with the London and Nigerian Stock Exchanges.The two stock exchanges have created an innovative platform for dual listing of equity and bonds which has already proved successful, as the heavily oversubscribed Eurobond and Diaspora bond showed last year. Nigerian sovereign bonds have raised £6.5 billion in total so far.The massive demand is a strong statement of international investor interest in building exposure to Nigeria’s economy. It demonstrates the City’s ability to provide a deep additional channel of finance for the development of Nigerian infrastructure and the growth of its economy. The City of London also recognises the need to finance Nigeria’s infrastructure using Naira-denominated financial instruments. Engagement has begun with the City of London and key Nigerian institutions to develop the concept of a Jollof Bond. Similar instruments have already been used successfully in India and China. And will eliminate foreign exchange risk for Nigerian issuers – from the government down to SMEs and provide even greater access to capital for this key sector.Moving forward, the opportunities for London to facilitate the finance of Nigeria’s growing infrastructure, includes green infrastructure as Nigeria moves towards a low carbon economy. London is the global centre for green finance. To date, London has raised £20 billion via green bonds and another £9 billion via the 13 green equity funds that are listed on the LSE. Nigeria is developing its status in this field and was a pioneer as one of the first governments in the world to issue a sovereign green bond. To advance Nigeria’s ambitions, the LSE will be initiating an international green advisory board spearheaded by the finance and environment ministries to further develop Nigeria’s green finance aspirations.I am delighted that Ibukun Adebayo (Head of Emerging Market Strategies at the London Stock Exchange) is a member of my business delegation this week in Nigeria. And I know that he would be pleased to meet with you afterwards and answer any questions you may have.Let me turn from the financial markets to the marketplace. UK Export Finance, the UK’s Export Credit Agency, offers Naira denominated buyer credit guarantees providing commercial loans at competitive rates with tenors of up to 18 years for Nigerian clients wishing to purchase UK goods and services.In Nigeria, UKEF is eager to deploy £750m towards viable trade opportunities, of which only a fraction has so far been used. And I’m delighted to have with me Steve Gray, UKEF’s West Africa representative who can give you more details.Put simply: if you have the investable infrastructure opportunities, we have the capital and knowhow to ensure they succeed.I suggested that Nigeria’s third priority should be to promote financial inclusion so that more of the population can access and benefit from the financial sector. I understand that only 40 per cent of adults are currently banked and some 42 per cent of the population are financially excluded. And thus stifling the development of SMEs – the lifeblood of any successful economy.Promoting financial inclusion requires innovation, something the City has always had at its heart. Perhaps the most exciting innovation in finance today is fin tech, which is changing the way we all access financial services. As Bill Gates put it, “banking is needed, but banks are not.”London has become a world leader in fin tech, through, strong government tone from the top, a supportive regulatory environment and healthy private investment. We are home to about 1,600 fin tech firms helped by the fact that the Square Mile and the Tech City are only 500 meters apart compared with 5,000 kilometres for their equivalents in the United States.This proximity has been a key driver for increasing technological innovation in the City. Access to expertise, the huge potential for commercial partnerships and an explosion in demand for digital products within finance are all major pull-factors.A very exciting development in fin tech as far as Nigeria is concerned is the Open Banking Initiative which was launched in the UK and has since gone global. Open Banking combines security, innovation and accessibility, underpinned by a strong regulatory framework. If given the right regulatory support, Open Banking in Nigeria has the potential to provide a pathway so that millions more can access basic financial services, empowering them to lead more prosperous lives. Indeed, Nigeria could become the leading country in Africa for Open Banking.I am pleased to have brought with me in my delegation, Carlos Figueredo from Open Vector, whose team co-authored the UK’s Open Banking Initiative and we have had constructive discussions with the Central Bank and Finance Ministry about furthering this important agenda.And let me turn finally, to creating a more enabling business environment. Success here will enable Nigeria to make further strides up the Ease of Doing Business ranking, as well as bringing more business into the formal economy and thus generating the tax revenues to improve the public services. A crucial component of this favourable business environment is high-quality regulation and high professional standards that inspire Trust.The City’s pre-eminence as the leading international financial centre is in no small part down to our robust, modern and proportionate regulatory framework.I believe that there is a lot of scope for the UK and Nigeria to deepen our regulatory dialogue whether that’s through technical expertise, knowledge transfer or capacity building. And by way of example, I know that the Prudential Regulatory Authority is happy to offer secondments to share best practice with Nigerian regulators.Given Nigeria’s blossoming fin tech industry, which I heard from yesterday, I also think that regulatory dialogue on fin tech between our two countries would be particularly valuable.A second underpinning of London’s pre-eminence are strong professional standards. Nearly 1 million people have qualifications administered by the UK’s legal, accounting and professional services bodies. I am delighted that my own institute, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, signed a Memorandum of Understanding earlier this year with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria to promote high professional standards in accounting and finance.Which brings me to my final point – trust. We can all recognise that since the global financial crisis, public trust in business and finance has been sharply eroded, both in the UK and throughout the world.I believe that we have a responsibility – indeed a duty, to rebuild public trust so that people can regain confidence in our respective industries. That is why I have made the Business of Trust a personal priority for my year in office. Working towards, helping to create, a lasting legacy of better business trusted by society.Trust is at the heart of everything we do. It is the cornerstone and fundamental foundation to trade. Trade generates the prosperity, which in turn creates the social cohesion that provides the stability, that results in security for us all.I’ve had many engaging conversations about the importance of trust during my visit. And looking ahead to the elections in February, I think we can all recognise the importance of a fair, free, credible and peaceful democratic process in strengthening that foundation of trust and building on the progress Nigeria has made.Indeed, I am pleased to report that my Business of Trust is resonating everywhere I go. So much so, that we began interviewing public figures on my travels. So far, we have carried out some 25 interviews including with the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, and even – rugby fans will be pleased to hear – the All Black legend Sir John Kirwan.And on Tuesday, I had the privilege of interviewing your own Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun. These interviews and a link to our survey on Trust can be found on my Twitter page – @CityLordMayor – and I would be delighted to receive your views.Ladies and Gentlemen, I have seen and heard first-hand how Nigeria has so much going for it.People that don’t know Nigeria often have negative preconceptions of this country, through media reports that focus on the challenges and not the successes and opportunities.Having spent three amazing days here, I can only echo what some Nigerians working in the City told me before my visit: “Nigeria may be scary from afar, but up close it’s far from scary.”This view has been reinforced throughout my visit. Just yesterday I met with ambitious Nigerian start-ups like Riby, Flutterwave and Paga – if this is the face of the new Nigeria we can all be confident that the future is a bright one.I do believe that the UK and Nigeria can work closer together in the years ahead.Whether that’s through working together on infrastructure projects…Or accessing finance through our capital markets and UK Export Finance…Or using fin tech to promote financial inclusionOr, working together to improve regulation, professional standards and trust.But perhaps you have your own points which I haven’t discussed…and I look forward to take any questions you have after my speech…But before I finish I want to say this…Let’s keep up the momentum,Let’s put Nigeria at the forefront of exciting developments.Let’s work together for our mutual benefit.May the long history of our countries’ collaboration continue. Thank youlast_img read more

Speech: Protecting Human Rights

first_imgThank you very much indeed Mr Chairman. Having been the British Ambassador to the Human Rights Council, I’m particularly delighted to be able to join you today.As we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Kingdom remains committed to the promotion and protection of the human rights of all people around the world. But while we may all be born equal in rights and dignity, sadly there are wide differences in our enjoyment of them. This is something that should concern all members of the United Nations. It is incumbent on us here to advocate for those whose rights are the most vulnerable or the least respected, and indeed all too often violated by the very governments that have the biggest obligation to protect them.For the journalists who are detained, tortured, or killed simply for trying to find out the truth, or speaking truth speak to power.For the people who are discriminated against, put on trial, detained, or killed for exercising their freedom of religion or belief, whether they be Jehovah’s witnesses, Christians, Muslims, Baha’i, Jewish, Buddhists or atheists. For those who are prosecuted for blasphemy or apostasy – or put into so-called re-education camps without trial or due process.For the modern day slaves, including children, who toil in servitude in sweatshop factories; as domestic servants with their passports confiscated, in brothels, in fields or mines, or on construction sites in unsafe conditions; or as labourers sent abroad as commodities to generate funds for a repressive regime.For the people who are denied the right to marry the person they love, or the ability to form a family; who are discriminated against, attacked or killed; or denied services simply for their sexual orientation or gender identity. For those in non-conventional families, who find themselves under attack, even when they provide a loving home where children can thrive.For the people who have had to flee to neighbouring countries to escape sexual violence, slaughter and ethnic cleansing, while the international community endeavours to hold the perpetrators to account.For the people poisoned in foreign countries as political acts or because they have chosen to live in freedom, or criticised the repressive regime they left.For people who are sentenced to death in mass trials, where due process is flawed, or put to death for committing minor crimes.For the human rights defenders and their families, who are mistreated, arrested, ‘disappeared’ or killed for standing up for the rights of others. For people denied the right to vote, protestors and activists jailed for demanding democracy.For girls discriminated against from birth; denied the same education as boys; denied control over their assets, income or bodies; married off too young or against their will; denied the right to choose when to have children, suffering increased maternal and infant mortality and complications.Not only because our shared humanity dictates we should care about the human rights of all – although it does. But also because nations that respect human rights and the rule of law are the very societies that provide the best conditions for development, economic growth, peace, and stability and the happiness of their people. If we want to leave no one behind, we need to make sure we are all free to progress.Thank you Mr Chairman.last_img read more

Secretary To The Governor Clarifies Changes To NY PAUSE Order

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image by Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.UPDATED: Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 5:20 p.m.ALBANY – An official close to New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo is clarifying the changes made to his New York State on PAUSE order.Secretary to the Governor Melissa Derosa says the order was not extended to June, but rather the “underlying legal authority” was prolonged.“Yesterday’s Executive Order extended the underlying legal authority for the emergency order, but did not change the text of any of the directives in NY ON PAUSE and so the expiration date of May 15 still stands until further notice,” explained Derosa in a statement to the media. “At that time, new guidance will be issued for regions based on the metrics outlined by Governor Cuomo earlier this week.”The executive order extension, which was posted on the state’s website, stated in part the following: “I, Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New York, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Section 29-a of Article 2-B of the Executive Law, do hereby continue the suspensions and modifications of law, and any directives, not superseded by a subsequent directive, made by Executive Order 202 and each successor Executive Order up to and including Executive Order 202.14, for thirty days until June 6, 2020…”Derosa says New York’s PAUSE order, however, remains in effect until May 15. We previously reported the Governor extended the order until June 6 due to misinformation from the governor’s office. Viewers can read the full executive order posted here.“New York State on PAUSE,” requires the closure of non-essential businesses in the state amid the COVID-19 outbreak.Regions that meet the state’s reopening guidelines will be permitted to start easing back social distancing measures and begin reopening on May 15.However, as of Saturday, none of the 10 New York State regions have yet reach the governor’s benchmarks, an official said.The benchmarks call for the following:Regions must have at least 14 days of decline in total net hospitalizations and deaths on a 3-day rolling average.Every region must have the health care capacity to handle a potential surge in cases, with at least 30 percent total hospital and ICU beds available.Each region must be able to conduct 30 diagnostic tests for every 1,000 residents per month.Regions must have 30 contact tracers available for every 100,000 residents.The Governor says areas that seek to reopen after May 15 are required to provide a detailed plan that includes how rates of infection will be monitored, if health care capacity is enough to deal with an infection increase, and if infrastructure is in place to do testing and tracing.Regions also must have a plan in place for how people will return to work, including what measures businesses will have to ensure social distancing along with mask wearing.Once a plan is approved by the state, regions would see businesses reopened in four phases.First with construction and manufacturing, followed by professional services, retail and real estate, then restaurants, food services and accommodation.The final phase involves arts, entertainment and recreation businesses.last_img read more