Corporations' decisions seem to signal the end of the pandemic

Jun 22, 2022
“Some companies are large enough that they can be the trendsetters,” one health economist tells us.
Broadway, which has been stringent on COVID-19 restrictions, is lifting its mask mandate on July 1.
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Those KN95 masks you just bought might not meet testing standards

Jan 20, 2022
We go shopping for face coverings with a self-professed “mask nerd”
A discarded face mask is seen on the ground. It can be difficult for consumers without specialized testing equipment to verify the quality of masks they purchase.
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Facing omicron, businesses stick to COVID-19 protocols and hope for the best

Dec 17, 2021
Nearly two years into the pandemic, with vaccination mandates and other precautions in place, businesses are operating without new ways to mitigate risk.
With fewer safety nets and little new guidance, businesses are sticking with existing protocols and grappling with how to address the new, highly transmissible omicron variant.
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Feds flex the power of the purse to get states in line with COVID-19 restrictions

Aug 23, 2021
The Biden administration has said it would use the power of the purse to try to compel governors who won't champion mask or vaccine mandates to change course.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at Dallas's City Hall.
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How much does the delta variant threaten the economic recovery?

Jul 30, 2021
Delta could slow the economy in two main ways: Governments could restrict consumers — again — or consumers could restrict themselves.
Traders wear face masks at the New York Stock Exchange. The contagiousness of the delta coronavirus variant could restrain consumer spending.
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Masks are back at LA bars and restaurants, but is that enough?

Jul 23, 2021
One bar owner says she's going beyond the county mask mandate, and requiring patrons to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test.
Pedestrians wearing face masks walk past a "Prevent the spread of COVID-19" banner in Los Angeles on Jan. 19.
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Los Angeles County is again requiring people to wear masks indoors

Jul 16, 2021
COVID-19 cases are rising among unvaccinated people in the county. That means enforcement issues for businesses.
Starting Saturday night, people in Los Angeles County will again be required to wear face masks in indoor spaces. Above, Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles on June 14.
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New mask guidance means huge headaches for retail shops, workers

May 14, 2021
Individual businesses and local governments can still set their own rules for whether masks are required.
The new CDC guideline puts retailers in an "impossible situation," an expert said. Some shops with mask requirements say Thursday's statement is energizing customer protests.
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What business can and can't do about mask mandates

Apr 21, 2021
Several states, including Alabama and Mississippi, have lifted mandates asking people to wear masks in public.
A person in a face mask shops for groceries at Northgate Gonzalez Market in Los Angeles, California.
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When will there be enough herd immunity to return to the workplace?

Mar 23, 2021
For COVID-19, predictions of what it will take to reach herd immunity vary wildly, and it's more complicated than one magic number.
Don't count on herd immunity to eliminate workplace COVID-19 precautions just yet.
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