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Florida’s citrus industry has seen a sales boost during pandemic

Verónica Zaragovia Jul 1, 2020
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An orange grove in Fort Pierce, Florida, late last year. Gianrigo Marletta/AFP via Getty Images
COVID-19

Florida’s citrus industry has seen a sales boost during pandemic

Verónica Zaragovia Jul 1, 2020
An orange grove in Fort Pierce, Florida, late last year. Gianrigo Marletta/AFP via Getty Images
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For years, Florida’s citrus industry was hit hard by challenges like extreme weather, particularly hurricanes, and the citrus greening disease, a bacterial infection spread by insects that has caused major crop losses. But when COVID-19 began spreading, the state’s citrus growers got an unexpected boost. In April, retail sales of orange juice spiked by about 50% compared with the same period in 2019.

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COVID-19 Economy FAQs

What’s going on with extra COVID-19 unemployment benefits?

The latest: President Donald Trump signed an executive action directing $400 extra a week in unemployment benefits. But will that aid actually reach people? It’s still unclear. Trump directed federal agencies to send $300 dollars in weekly aid, taken from the federal disaster relief fund, and called on states to provide an additional $100. But states’ budgets are stretched thin as it is.

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For millions of Americans, things are looking grim. Unemployment is high, and pandemic eviction moratoriums have expired in states across the country. And as many people already know, eviction is something that can haunt a person’s life for years. For instance, getting evicted can make it hard to rent again. And that can lead to spiraling poverty.

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Walmart, Target, Lowe’s, CVS, Home Depot, Costco — they all have policies that say shoppers are required to wear a mask. When an employee confronts a customer who refuses, the interaction can spin out of control, so many of these retailers are telling their workers to not enforce these mandates. But, just having them will actually get more people to wear masks.

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