Philly COVID-19: Philadelphia Metropolis Council passes outside leisure invoice

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) – Restaurant owners love the warmer spring weather and the customers it brings, especially when it comes to outdoor dining.

Now music is played on the streets along with the sounds of happy and hungry guests. Restaurants with an alfresco dining permit will soon be able to apply for a permit to the city to provide al fresco entertainment.

“We lost over 200 full-service restaurants, 50 of which are permanently closed. We wanted to give businesses the opportunity to attract customers,” said Councilor Katherine Gilmore Richardson.

The bill, introduced by Gilmore Richardson, was passed unanimously by the city council and sent to Mayor Jim Kenney’s desk for signature.

“We really needed an opportunity to support our local restaurants and our local arts and culture,” said Gilmore Richardson.

This bill could be signed as early as next week to give restaurants the opportunity to expand the menu for their guests and get people to spend.

There are restrictions on the rules for noise regulations on the pavement.

Philadelphia restaurant owners will soon be able to apply for outdoor entertainment permission through the Philadelphia Streets Department.

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Philly eating places could quickly be capable of host outside live shows, leisure

Thanks to a bill passed by the city council this week, restaurants and bars in Philadelphia may soon be able to offer outdoor entertainment.

Businesses that already have a temporary permit for outdoor or pavement use could apply for additional permit for outdoor entertainment – a move the city council hopes will attract more customers to local businesses in the summer months.

“Our restaurants are working tirelessly to weather this pandemic.” said Councilor Katherine Gilmore Richardson, the bill sponsor. “We must continue to innovate to create solutions that enable business owners to work safely, and (this legislation) does.”

Outdoor entertainment could include anything from musicians to theatrical performances, according to the bill. However, adult cabarets are not permitted outdoors.

Restaurants would have to notify the city at least 72 hours before any conversation, as only two shows per block would be allowed at any given time. Performers would have to wear masks unless they are more than 20 feet from the public or behind a plexiglass barrier.

Entertainment venues, restaurants and bars support the bill. Jeff Guaracino, CEO of Visit Philadelphia, said the outdoor entertainment permits would help the tourism and hospitality industries recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The timely regulation will not only support the vitality of local restaurants and restore industrial jobs, but will also increase foot traffic to our city’s various small businesses, retail stores, attractions and other neighboring neighborhood businesses,” he said. “Through creative solutions like the Outdoor Entertainment Bill, we can work together to ensure Philadelphia comes out of the pandemic stronger than ever.”

Food restrictions recently relaxed in Philadelphiaand restaurants and bars can now increase the outdoor capacity to more than 50 people at a time. Starting May 7, indoor restaurant capacity will increase to 50%, although restaurants that meet city ventilation standards can increase to 75%.

For the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, facilities are now allowed to offer limited seating in the bar.

Take pleasure in Artwork & Free Outside Leisure with “Evenings with Enrique,” Each Wednesday in April on the New Orleans Botanical Backyard

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – It’s back! Guests of all ages can enjoy historic outdoor sculptures, a guided tour of the garden, food and entertainment in the Helis Foundation Enrique Alférez sculpture garden in the New Orleans Botanical Garden (NOBG) every Wednesday in April to celebrate the biannual “Evenings with Enrique. “This season’s series runs every Wednesday in April starting April 7th. Regular / Wednesday entry is free for Louisiana residents courtesy of the Helis Foundation every Wednesday throughout the year.

During “Evenings with Enrique”, NOBG will be sure to welcome visitors to the Helis Foundation Enrique Alférez sculpture garden to view the sculptures under enhanced lighting and fire baskets hanging from the branches of the living oak trees and enjoy music by local Latin American artists. You are invited to buy mojitos and groceries in the “kitchen in the garden”. Additional drinks can also be purchased.

The sculptor Enrique Alférez was a Mexican-American artist known for his Art Deco work. He was active during the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and his sculptures can still be found across New Orleans, including the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition, and City Park. In October 2015, the NOBG unveiled the Helis Foundation’s Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden, an 8,000-square-meter park with Alférez ‘sculptures on expansive footpaths surrounded by lush tropical flowers and shrubs.

In addition to the special programs in the Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden of the Helis Foundation, NOBG offers yoga on the lawn and meditation in the Japanese garden during the extended hours.

Guests are encouraged to practice social distancing and must wear face covering.

WHEN: The New Orleans Botanical Garden extends its opening hours every Wednesday in April (April 7, 14, 21, and 28) until 8 p.m.

  • Free hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Special programming: 5pm – 8pm

WHERE: 5 Victory Avenue, City Park
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Altamont Corners’ enlargement permitted; out of doors leisure nonetheless to be decided

ALTAMONT — Curry Patta, a new Pakistani restaurant, is set to more than double in size after the Altamont Planning Board at its Monday meeting approved an amendment to the special-use permit of the plaza in which the restaurant is housed. 

Since Altamont Corners is owned by Jeff Thomas, the building addition was an amendment to the existing special-use permit he holds on the plaza, not the permit of Nadia Raza, the owner of Curry Patta.

But Raza would still have to come back before the board for an amendment to her permit to allow for outdoor entertainment as well as to enlarge the restaurant into the new addition. 

The now-1,200-square-foot restaurant would receive a 1,470-square-foot enclosed addition along with a wooden deck and stone patio that, taken together, would add about 1,500 square feet to the project.

 

Public hearing

The March 22 meeting was also a public hearing on the expansion of Altamont Corners, a plaza at the corner of Main Street and Altamont Boulevard in the village. 

Everyone who spoke during the public-comment period was in favor of the project, but Michelle Viola-Straight was the first to broach the topic of music, which became the issue of the night. 

At last month’s meeting, planning board member John Hukey wanted to know about live music that would be played at the restaurant.  

Donald Cropsey, speaking on behalf of Thomas, said during the February meeting that he had spoken with Thomas, who told him there may be “jazz music inside” the restaurant, light music, perhaps a jazz trio on the deck, “cultural music consistent with the type of food that’s being sold.”

Cropsey continued, “But I don’t believe that it’s going to be loud, obtrusive music.” Hukey wasn’t questioning what was Cropsey was saying, he said, but he wanted to know what Raza was actually going to end up doing, “if we don’t have something in place to have a say about it.” 

That could be addressed at the public hearing in March, Cropsey had said last month — it wasn’t — adding he could get more information about the type of live entertainment at the restaurant — he didn’t. 

At the March 22 meeting, Viola-Straight said, “I think having a dialogue open about the noise ordinance, that would be definitely a starting point. To put limitations on a business like that, it definitely would definitely hurt.”

She went on, referring to a now-closed restaurant on Main Street with an outdoor patio, “In the past, Veronica’s has had somebody there playing a guitar. Back in the day, Desolation Studio had somebody there, they had bands there, and they would play like two- and three-man bands, and have some live entertainment. The park has entertainment; the library does. It’s something that people are definitely craving.” 

She continued, “And I think, if you started a dialogue, there would definitely be a happy medium in there with some conversations of how you could allow this to happen, how it wouldn’t intrude on any of the neighbors [and] wouldn’t impede on anybody’s rights and privilege to living a quiet lifestyle. But it would definitely be an asset. And it would be a travesty to limit the property and say, ‘Well, you can do everything, but you can’t have a guy with a guitar.’”

Chairwoman Deb Hext responded, “That’s definitely not our intent.”

Village attorney Allyson Phillips noted that the planning board approved Curry Patta for a special-use permit so that Raza could “start the business before and while [the Thomas] application and review was ongoing for the building expansion.” 

 “I don’t think that the board has any issue or jurisdiction with respect to someone playing music inside the building or inside the restaurant space,” Phillips said. “The question becomes a land-use question when that entertainment or outdoor music or amplified noise is outside. And it’s got then the potential to have an impact on neighboring properties.”

Phillips said there had been discussions about music dating back to November of last year but, if there’s going to be a proposal for outdoor entertainment or music, she said, “it’s got to be part of an application; it’s got to be part of a proposed use” that comes before the planning board, which can be reviewed as part of a special-use permit.

Phillips said the Altamont Corners expansion application did not give the kind of details Viola-Straight had mentioned such as the type of outdoor entertainment or music that would be offered or the hours it would be played, all of which were important for the public to know.

Although, on the Altamont Corners’ February special-use permit application,  the project narrative said, “Live culture entertainment is anticipated which could include for example Friday night Jazz.” No other specifics were given.

The draft resolution approving the addition to the plaza that was posted online this past Friday does not permit music as part of the expansion because the members understood it was on Raza to come back before the board for an amendment on her special-use permit to enlarge her restaurant, at which point she would provide for the board a description of “how outdoor music or entertainment would fit within that enlarged use,” Phillips said.

“I don’t think it’s unusual that the landlord didn’t include that level of detail in this application,” she said, as it would be Raza who would have all of the very specific information the board needs. It’s just that an application has to be given to the planning board with the specific information for its review, Phillips said.

“I do not think it is this board’s intent to prohibit some kind of outdoor entertainment or outdoor music … provided we can review it and determine it’s appropriate and won’t have a negative impact,” Phillips said.

 

Bad for business

Jeff Perlee, who represents Altamont in the Albany County Legislature, also spoke about music but sought to frame it within a larger context. 

Perlee said live entertainment shouldn’t be authorized for a specific applicant. “I think it’s being too restrictive, and it’s putting a competitive disadvantage on the property itself.”

While Perlee praised Raza’s success, he said if she did have to close, “it would be a real competitive disadvantage, if the next applicant had to go through all the same processes,” referring to new businesses having to reapply for a special-use permit for entertainment. “And that same applicant — we’ve kind of run out of people … we’re getting close to the end of people from this community who are willing to devote their time and resources to opening a business. 

“The fact of the matter is, the future of Altamont business is going to come from people outside. And those people have choices. And they could open a business in Voorheesville, they can open a business in Delanson, and if Altamont property is not able to compete competitively by saying, ‘Yes, if you open a restaurant here, of course you can have live music.’ Then we run the risk of losing that business opportunity to a neighboring community. 

“So, I would just certainly urge you to approve the expansion. But I also see fit to approve the expansion with the authorization for live music to the property to the landlord in this particular case.”

Phillips saw this as another good opportunity to explain things. 

The idea would be to have the tenant, “the actual user of the space,” Phillips said, receive approval for outdoor entertainment, because tenants are best positioned to determine what they want to propose and receive approval for, “and also what conditions they can live with.”

Raza could present an application with what would be best for her business — a restaurant with a bar, under the village zoning; the Subway sandwich restaurant which previously occupied the space had a different zoning designation.

Were Raza to receive outdoor-entertainment approval, then, in the future, if another restaurant with a bar were to occupy the space, it could operate under the parameters set by Raza’s special-use permit, Phillips said, the owner would “not need to come back to this planning board.”

Joe Burke, the director of the Altamont Free Library, who, more than anyone else in the village would have reason to be opposed to the additions since the library is the closest non-plaza-tenant neighbor, said the expansion wouldn’t have a “detrimental impact on the life of the library.” Burke said he was more than happy to be “open-minded” with everything else that had been discussed during the March 22 meeting.

 

Whalen rides off, succinctly 

The retiring Dean Whalen, the liaison trustee to the planning board, sought to summarize the issue the board was facing.

Given what was submitted with the Altamont Corners application, “which does not really specify anything related to noise, which seems to be one of the big issues, the board can proceed with the application as it is.”

That puts the onus on Raza when she comes back before the board for an amendment to her special-use permit, “to clarify what she wants to do,” but that also “kind of puts a bit of her on the bubble, because she won’t know if she’ll get what she needs at that time. Very likely she will. But that’s not cast in stone.”

The second option the board had was to request from Thomas more noise-related information that would apply more specifically to the plaza expansion and to his particular permit application.

 

The word “no”

Cropsey offered another option: Change the outdoor-entertainment condition contained in the resolution the board had originally intended to adopt.

The planning board’s condition said, “No outdoor entertainment, including but not limited to entertainment utilizing amplified music, shall be allowed in the expansion unless such time as approval is granted by the planning board.”

The condition Cropsey offered said, “Entertainment, including but not limited to entertainment utilizing amplified music, may be allowed in a deck expansion area only as approved by the planning board as an amendment to the occupying tenants special-use permit.”

Cropsey said the condition he was offering would give Thomas the ability to market the space should Raza go out of business, but it would also give her “a little bit more confidence” when she has to come before the board to amend her own permit application. 

“The original language really kind of shuts it down; with the modified language, it gives the option to both the landlord and the tenant,” Cropsey said.

Phillips said there was no difference between the original condition and what Cropsey was offering, because the proposal would still have to be approved by the planning board. “Obviously, you feel that there is some advantage in working it that way,” Phillips said. “And I just don’t want to mislead you that your language would get you some additional rights than what’s in this resolution here.”

Cropsey wasn’t suggesting it would, he said, “but the word, ‘no’ if we could take that right out of the sentence, that would be great.”

“You can’t have the idea that [the] special-use permit should run with the land, unless, as we had said before, you’re significantly altering it, you’re enlarging it, or you’re changing the permitted use,” Phillips said.

It almost seemed as if Cropsey were attempting to introduce an outdoor-entertainment approval for Thomas separate from Raza’s, she said, so that Thomas could “market” the space “separate from how [Raza] can use it where, in reality, I don’t see that we can separate the two.”

No one’s saying there couldn’t be outdoor entertainment, it’s just got to be in the application, she said. 

Cropsey said the specificity would be coming from Raza. 

But that specificity should have been included as part of the Altamont Corners’ application, if Thomas were looking for some kind of approval, Phillips said.

But Cropsey was hung up on the word “no” in the planning board’s condition.

After continuing to insist on taking the word out of the resolution, the planning board relented. 

The condition now reads, “Outdoor entertainment, including but not limited to entertainment using amplified noise, shall not be allowed in the expansion area unless such use is approved by the planning board as an amendment to the occupying tenants special-use permit.”

Where Cropsey offered “may be,” Phillips countered with “shall not be.”

“I’ll just reiterate for the record … With this approval, there is no outdoor entertainment with amplified music allowed until [Raza] comes in and gets that approved as part of their special use permit,” Phillips said.

On the new language in the condition, Thomas said, “I think we can live with that. And I’m looking forward to proceed to build the beautiful addition that fits into the architectural vernacular of Altamont and to enhance it.”

Thomas on Tuesday had sent a letter to the board expressing dismay with the condition the board changed at Cropsey’s request.

“It is imperative that legislation not be implemented to block our project for cultured deck entertainment within Altamont’s Central Business District,” Thomas wrote. “If such restrictions were to be planned, I would not consider investing the amount of money needed to build such a quality structure that fits within the village of Altamont’s unique architectural atmosphere.”

Rochester church offers outside leisure for youths

BYRON, Minn. (KTTC) – It’s been a strange year for kids, especially when it comes to school.

“A little bit, but it’s almost normal now,” said Aaron McCright, Evangel United Methodist Children’s Church member.

Their experiences were all different.

“The last time I was in a school building was last March when I went to high school,” said Church member and teenager Josh Elgin.

They were very excited about the opportunities to make contacts safely through their church this winter. Evangel United Methodist in Rochester has hosted outdoor social events for its youth groups.

“Sometimes it’s mission projects and ministries. Sometimes it’s social projects. Today, on a fine day, we decided to go to Oxbox Park,” said Jim Klepper, director of Christian education at Evangel United Methodist.

The Kids Club event on Sunday March was a way for the kids to have fun in a year far from it. The group visited Oxbox Park and Zollman Zoo in Byron.

“Super important. It was important because children were isolated,” said Klepper. “All of our events since the start of COVID have been out. We found ways to meet safely.”

“I really like her,” said McCright.

“We’re home schooled so we like it. We saw a few friends but not very many,” said the Church member and Winona-resident Bingham Lindberg.

It may be a windy start to spring, but it was the perfect opportunity for kids to see their favorite animals.

“I like the cats. They are adorable,” said Evelyn Elgin.

“I like the wolf,” said Bingham.

“I like the coyotes,” added his brother Billy.

“I think the cats and the predators,” said McCright. “I kind of like the birds too.”

“You’re having a great time,” said Klepper. “They’re hard to keep up with because they’re on the move all the time.”

He says the church has found new ways to minister to the children, from driving through the virtual church camp last summer to online Sunday school lessons to watching a children’s TV show.

Montana State Opens 2021 Outside Observe and Area Season in Model at Hornet Invitational

Montana State opens outdoor track and field season in style at Hornet Invitational in 2021

Montana State put in an outstanding performance at its first outdoor track and field meeting in two years on Saturday, winning the men’s and women’s team titles and eleven individual championships at the Hornet Invitational in Sacramento, California.

MSU head coach Lyle Weese was satisfied with the performance of his team but was happier just to compete. “It was great to have an outdoor track and field meet,” said former Bobcat All-America. “The student athletes had great energy, were ready to go and started the season very well.”

At a meeting with West Coast powers Stanford, Sacramento State, and San Jose State, the Bobcats were widely used at long-distance events. On the side of women Camila Noe broke the school record on the 5000 meters with a score of 16: 25.20 and led a 1-2-4 finish at this event. Alexi Kyro and Gillian Maness grabbed the first two places in the 3000 meter obstacle race. In the men’s competition I am Perrin and Matthew Richtman finished 1-2 in the men’s 5000 meters while Duncan Hamilton led a 1-2-3 MSU finish in the men’s obstacle race.

Carla Nicosia Connected Erin Jones Graf’s school record in the triple jump with a grade of 40-3.25 to guide the efforts of the MSU at the field events. Three Bobcat women (Madi Arneson, 2nd, Zoe Waddell, 3rd, and Kyle Bush, 6th) took the first six places in the discus Kylie Christiansen and Zoe Waddell finished 4-5 in hammer throw. In the men’s discus Ethan Saberhagen, Carter Slade and Alec Nehring finished 1-2-4. Three Bobcats landed in the top five in both the men’s and women’s javelin throw, performing live for the first time since 2019.

sprinter Damien Nelson showed an outstanding performance, winning the men’s 100 and finishing second in the 200. Macy White finished second in the women’s 100 meters.

Montana State returns to the Missoula track for the Al Manual Invitational next week. “We look forward to competing in Missoula next weekend and working towards the Big Sky Outdoor Athletics Championships,” said Weese.

The Bobcat results are listed below and the full results are attached.

LADIES TEAM STANDINGS: 1) Montana State 132, 1) Stanford 132, 3) San Jose State 95, 4) Sacramento State 87, 5) UC Davis 68
WOMEN 100: 2) Macy White 02/12
WOMEN 200: 8th) Macy White 25.47, 9) Morgan Evans 25.57
100 hurdles for women: 2) Morgan Evans 14.00, 3) Evelyn Adams 14.50, 4) Elena Carter 14.55
3000 STEEPLECHASE FOR WOMEN: 1) Alexi Kyro 10:44, 94, 2) Gillian Maness 10: 56.02
WOMEN 5000: 1) Camila Noe 16: 25,20, 2) Mya Dube 17: 17.81, 4) Alex Moore 17: 41.72
WOMEN’S HAMMER: 4) Kylie Christiansen 158-8, 5) Zoe Waddell 158-5
WOMEN’S DISCUS: 2) Madi Arneson 146-9, 3) Zoe Waddell 143-0, 6) Kyla Bush 130-0, 11) Jordan Fink 114-10
WOMEN’S SHOT PUT: 9) Kyla Bush 37-10.5
JAVELIN OF WOMEN: 3) Celestia Hammond 149-5, 4) Carley Vonheeder 145-6, 5) Kylie Christiansen 122-2
WOMEN’S LONG JUMP: 3) Evelyn Adams 17-9, 6) Elena Carter 17-4.25, 7) Hannah Hicks 17-2.75, 8) Alexandera Hellenberg 17-2, 9) Lucy Corbett 17-0.75, 10) Twila Reovan 16-10.5, 14) A’Lena Chaney 16-2.25
WOMEN’S TRIPLE JUMP: 3) Carla Nicosia 40-3.25, 8) A’Lena Chaney 37-1.25, 9) Twila Reovan 36-11
LADIES POLE VAULT: 3) Alexandra Hellenberg 11-5.75, 4) Corn Lake Brown 10-11.75
HIGH LEAP OF WOMEN: 1) Hannah Hicks 4-11.0

MEN’S TEAM STANDINGS: 1) Montana State 209, 2) Stanford 105, 2) San Jose State 105, 4) UC Davis 81, 5) Sacramento State 45
MEN 100: 1) Damien Nelson 10.64, 7) Casey Gunlikson 11.02, 10) Will Prettyman 08/21
MEN 200: 2) Damien Nelson 21.79
MEN 400: 11) Will Anderson 49.89
MEN 800: 3) Noah Majerus 1: 54.70, 5) Cameron Carroll 1: 55.51
MEN 5000: 1) I am Perrin 14: 24,21, 2) Matthew Richtman 14: 34.66
MEN 100 hurdles: 2) Henry Adams 14.52, 3) Caleb Neth 15.72
MEN 400 hurdles: 1) Drake Schneider 52.38, 2) Jared Schwend 54.75
MEN 3000 STEEPLECHASE: 1) Duncan Hamilton 8: 56.67, 2) Levi Taylor 9: 115, 42, 3) Isaac Schmidt 9: 32.36
4 x 400 RELAYS FOR MEN: 1) Jared Schwend, Alex Hershey, Will Anderson, Drake Schneider 3: 16.40
MEN’S HAMMER: 6) Carter Slade 156-1, 7) Ethan Saberhagen 153-11
MEN’S DISCUS: 1) Ethan Saberhagen 169-0, 2) Carter Slade 156-11, 4) Alec Nehring 155-4
MEN’S SHOT PUT: 1) Alec Nehring 55-11.75, 3) Carter Slade 51-9.75, 10) Ethan Saberhagen 45-4.25
MEN JAVELIN: 1) Cantor Coverdell 209-7, 2) Cooper Hoffman 204-3, 3) Brock Winegar 194-1
MEN’S LONG JUMP: 2) Caleb Neth 21-9.5
MEN TRIPLE JUMP: 2) Ian Fosdick 47-9.25
MEN’S POLE VAULT: 2) Colby Wilson 15-7, 3) Henry Adams 14-1.25, 4) Caleb Neth 13-7.25
HIGH JUMP FOR MEN: 5) Hunter Nicholson 6-2.75

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Metropolis to reopen workplaces, outside bars, and dwell leisure beneath orange COVID-19 tier – The San Francisco Examiner

The San Francisco reopening is set to move forward next week with an expected shift to the state’s orange COVID-19 tier that will allow for the reopening of offices, outdoor bars, and live outdoor entertainment and festivals.

Earlier this month, San Francisco moved from the most restrictive purple tier in the state to the second most restrictive, allowing The City to reopen indoor dining.

The Ministry of Health said it plans to adhere to the state’s orange tier regulations as closely as possible, but will impose stricter restrictions.

“The reopening that we have planned for the orange stage is more than it has ever been since the beginning,” Mayor London Breed told Breed on Thursday. “So this is great news and I hope we can continue like this.”

The most notable changes allowed under the orange tier include the opening of offices, outdoor bars, and live entertainment and outdoor festivals, while many other allowances under the orange tier expand the capacity of already reopened businesses and activities.

The city allows outdoor art and music festivals with no seating for up to 50 people. Offices can be reopened for personal work, but only at 25% capacity, although health authorities continue to encourage workers to telework.

But Breed said reopening offices was an important step in revitalizing the inner city.

“We know it will take time, but our inner city is so important to the future of this city,” said Breed. “It supports our economy. It supports our small businesses and we will do everything we can to bring it back safely. “

Bars, breweries, wineries and distilleries can also be reopened for outdoor table service without food.

Restaurants will see relaxed restrictions.

Indoor dining can be expanded to 50% of the capacity and has tables for up to six people from up to three households. Currently, indoor dining only allows 25% capacity with just one household and up to four people per table.

Indoor dining can stay open until 11 p.m., one hour later than currently allowed.

There are no longer any restrictions on the number of households at one table for al fresco dining, but there can only be six people per table.

City officials said San Francisco could move to the least restrictive tier in the state in just three weeks. Breed urged businesses and customers to follow guidelines to keep The City on track and to keep opening more.

She also said The City is continuing to work on the guidelines that will allow people to participate in the Giants’ opening game at Oracle Park on April 9th. Under the orange tier, starting April 1, the state allows reopening of outdoor spectator sports and live entertainment for in-state audiences up to 33% capacity. “

“We know the Giants opening day is coming soon and we are definitely working on it,” said Breed.

There are currently four counties in the Orange Plain, including San Mateo County, which was the first county to move in the Bay Area this week.

There are an average of seven new COVID cases per day in San Francisco. During the pandemic’s worst spike, The City recorded a high seven-day average of 374 cases per day.

“The cases are still low,” said Dr. Susan Philip from the Department of Public Health. “We have to be careful, however, because when we open again, we come closer and closer to each other, more and more possibilities for transmission.”

She noted that more contagious variants of the virus remain a “wild card”.

The expected transition to the orange tier is as cases continue to decline and more people are getting the vaccine for COVID. City data shows that 35% of residents aged 16 and over, or 269,970 received at least one vaccine dose and 126,992 received a second dose.

Moderna and Pfizer vaccines require two doses to be effective. Johnson & Johnson has started delivering a single vaccine, the Breed was recently vaccinated With. The data does not indicate how many received the J&J vaccine.

Eleven counties remain in the most restrictive purple level of the state, 42 in the red and one in the less restrictive yellow level. The state announces an update of the district’s status every Tuesday. San Francisco’s new guild lines would go into effect on Wednesday.

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Dayton leisure venues stay up for elevated capability for indoor, out of doors performances

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Officials from Dayton Live and Levitt Pavilion both said the state’s increase in audience capacity was long awaited. Although capacity is limited, they already have plans to make the most of it.

“We are hopeful and extremely optimistic,” said Lisa Wagner, Executive Director of the Levitt Pavilion.

Live music will return too Levitt Pavilion 12th of June.

“We need live music now more than ever and we can’t wait to bring our community back together, but we’re naturally focusing on safety,” said Wagner.

Wagner said they are in a good position financially to reopen this summer.

The venue will have a cast of 40 concerts and they are currently working on plans to socially distance the outdoor venue and 30% capacity utilization.

“It may not be like 2019, but that’s fine, we will still do it and we will still have live music,” said Wagner.

Dayton Live have already opened some of their seats to the live audience this winter. They were previously limited to 15% capacity.

“For the most part, we’re running maybe 5% of what we normally would, but we see a lot of hope on the horizon,” said Ty Sutton, President and CEO of Dayton Live.

While increasing capacity to 25% is a start, Sutton said struggling indoor venues will take more than that to survive the pandemic.

“I have to say Ohio has been very helpful with dollars and that kind of support, but it’s time we have real conversation,” said Sutton.

Dayton Live plans to fully reopen theaters this fall, according to Sutton.

WYCD outside ice backyard problem raises cash for Ronald McDonald Home

The Ronald McDonald House is going to receive a lovely donation thanks to two good friends willing to weather the cold and help children who need it.

The WYCD Outdoor Challenge brings money to Ronald McDonald House

Steve Grunwald of WYCD Radio asked his good friend Jeff Schneider, General Sales Manager of the Szott Automotive Group, to make a friendly but icy bet for four days. Whoever collects $ 50,000 first comes in from the cold. The other one stays outside until Friday.

Steve Grunwald from WYCD Radio asked his good friend Jeff Schneider, General Sales Manager of the Szott Automotive Group, to make a friendly but cold bet for four days.

Grunwald and Schneider ask the community to donate money in one of their names. Whoever collects $ 50,000 first comes in from the cold. The other one stays outside until Friday.

“Live out there in the cold for 12 hours and then twice, it is difficult to get warm, it will be a challenge,” said Grunwald.

FOX 2 caught up with Grunwald just minutes before meeting his friend in front of the Ronald McDonald House in Detroit to raise money from this friendly battle. Ronald McDonald House provides care and comfort to children dealing with serious health problems.

Grunwald knows many big country stars and many donate

“Dirks Bentley, Darius Rucker, Charles Kelly, Lady A, Luke Brian and each and every one of them made a nice donation for the Szott team,” joked Grunwald.

If you want to donate, go to https://www.radio.com/wycd/events/grunwald-in-the-ice-garden