Things That Matter With Geena The Latina June 16th

San Diego County officials lifted some restrictions on outdoor religious services. Outdoor religious services will be allowed without restrictions on the number of worshippers so long as social distancing is maintained. As of yesterday there were 170 new COVID 19 cases here in San Diego and one additional death bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 9610 and 320 deaths. Meanwhile, MTS began increasing bus and trolley services yesterday and personal care businesses like skincare and waxing salons, tattoo parlors, massage therapists and nail salons can reopen Friday.

Tens of thousands of people have signed a petition to delay Disneyland reopening over health concerns.  A petition on called “Schedule Disneyland to reopen at a later date” had more than 34,000 signatures as of yesterday morning and was spreading quickly online. One person wrote,“I understand everyone is rejoicing for the reopening of the parks but not during a pandemic where people are DYING, now is not the time. Many people have lost loved ones due to this pandemic and by reopening the parks they are endangering cast members and guests.”The park has been closed since mid-March and is scheduled to start reopening on July 17th.

The La Mesa businesses that were damaged and looted can get financial assistance through a special fund. The La Mesa Disaster Recovery Fund “was created by the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce Foundation to help businesses damaged or destroyed in the aftermath of opportunistic violence and looting following peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstrations in La Mesa.” The fund raised $50,000 on its first day, and then $100,000 by the second day. The fund has now reached nearly $200,000. Organizers say they want to be “fast, fair, and equitable” with the distribution of money to the affected businesses. A flat stipend amount will be distributed to each verified business starting the week of June 29. Three-quarters of the money will be distributed during this Phase 1. The remaining 25 percent will be distributed during Phase 2 (no exact date given), with the intention of closing the fund by the end of July. To be eligible to receive funding, businesses are being asked to upload photos of damage and include verification of the address and ownership through an online form. The deadline to apply is June 26. To apply, click HERE

Also the Supreme Court Ruled that LGBTQ Workers are Protected from workplace discrimination under the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which outlaws racial, religious, or sex-based discrimination. The Court ruled 6-3 in support of the law, marking the biggest moment for LGBTQ rights since same-sex marriage was declared legal in 2015.

If you have T-Mobile you may have been a little upset yesterday.The carrier experienced nationwide outages yesterday that started in the early afternoon and continued through the evening. Major markets like Atlanta, New York, Miami, and Chicago were the most affected by the. T-Mobile said that while some customers have service back, "engineers are continuing to work on the issue." 

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