*Governor Newsom announced yesterday that guidelines for reopening gyms and other fitness businesses could be released within a week or so. They had a conference yesterday with fitness leaders across the country describing the devastating impacts the shutdowns have had on their businesses. They said that when you think of gyms you often think of bodybuilders and things like that however they also serve people with underlying health conditions or who are just trying to stay healthy. One gym owner said the industry is really "in preventative health care."
*Rady Children’s Hospital plans to screen thousands of kids for COVID-19 through a partnership with county health officials.The initiative is called the “COVID Collaborative for Children,” and will be available to local kids, their families and the medical staff that screen them. Rady believes they can administer up to 2,000 tests each day through the program.The service will be free and will especially target vulnerable communities, such as the foster system and families in southern San Diego County. They want to give tests to all children who visit the hospital or any of their outpatient clinics however the tests are optional. Click HERE for more info!
*San Diego Pride is asking for video submissions that will be incorporated into their live-streamed event in July. They are asking that people submit 15-30 second videos describing what Pride means to them. Pride organizers say they want to make sure that even though the event will be virtual, it still creates a place for the LGBT community to express themselves.The videos will be incorporated into their live broadcast on July 18. To submit a video, go to this link on the SD Pride website.
*Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of downtown LA yesterday in the name of George Floyd, a black man who died after being pinned beneath a Minneapolis police officer’s knee. The protest got so huge that it extended onto the 101 freeway at about 6pm last night blocking traffic on both sides of the freeway. Protesters held up flags and signs saying “Black Lives Matter” and “Justice for George Floyd.”At one point, some people surrounded a CHP car and were banging and kicking it and climbing on the hood. Other protesters smashed in the rear window of another patrol car. In Minneapolis, people have been protesting and rioting for the past few days. The LAPD said this on Twitter, “We hear your anger & your pain. We will always facilitate freedom of speech. Period. All we ask is that protests are held in a safe & legal manner.”
*A list came out of all the stores that will not be reopening after this pandemic. Bath & Body Works Is Closing 50 Stores Across the Country Pier 1 is closing all of its 500 stores, and Tuesday Morning announced it is closing at least 130 stores.
Among them are:
- Victoria's Secret: Closing 250 locations, a quarter of its stores
- JC Penney: Closing 242 locations, one-third of all its stores
- Game Stop: Closing 350 stores
- Papyrus: Closing all 250 stores
- Forever 21: Closing 178 stores
- Bose: Closing all 125 stores
- AC Moore: Closing all 145 stores — though some of are converting to Michael's craft stores
Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus are each closing more than a dozen stores. Those with gift cards to any of those stores should use them soon before nearby locations close for good.