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In St-Tropez, the pandemic has muted the summer club scene

John Laurenson Sep 2, 2020
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Trying to get the party started at the VIP Room’s outdoors bar in St-Tropez. The club section is closed. John Laurenson
COVID-19

In St-Tropez, the pandemic has muted the summer club scene

John Laurenson Sep 2, 2020
Trying to get the party started at the VIP Room’s outdoors bar in St-Tropez. The club section is closed. John Laurenson
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Summer is the time when many of the world’s rich and famous descend on the French Mediterranean town of St-Tropez to party. But this year, most nightclubs are closed due to the pandemic. At the nightclub the VIP Room, the garden bar and restaurant is open, but the club section is shut. The pandemic has been a big challenge for club owners who are trying to figure out how to survive. But it has created opportunities for others: Some small businesses have found a way to offer outdoor venues for partying.

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Audio clarification (Sept. 8, 2020) The audio for this story has been updated from the original for clarity. 

COVID-19 Economy FAQs

With a slow vaccine rollout so far, how has the government changed its approach?

On Tuesday, Jan. 12, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced changes to how the federal government is distributing vaccine doses. The CDC has expanded coronavirus vaccine eligibility to everyone 65 and older, along with people with conditions that might raise their risks of complications from COVID-19. The new approach also looks to reward those states that are the most efficient by giving them more doses, but critics say that won’t address underlying problems some states are having with vaccine rollout.

What kind of help can small businesses get right now?

A new round of Paycheck Protection Program loans recently became available for pandemic-ravaged businesses. These loans don’t have to be paid back if rules are met. Right now, loans are open for first-time applicants. And the application has to go through community banking organizations — no big banks, for now, at least. This rollout is designed to help business owners who couldn’t get a PPP loan before.

What does the hiring situation in the U.S. look like as we enter the new year?

New data on job openings and postings provide a glimpse of what to expect in the job market in the coming weeks and months. This time of year typically sees a spike in hiring and job-search activity, says Jill Chapman with Insperity, a recruiting services firm. But that kind of optimistic planning for the future isn’t really the vibe these days. Job postings have been lagging on the job search site Indeed. Listings were down about 11% in December compared to a year earlier.

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