How the pandemic is creating a “low-touch” economy

Jul 10, 2020
Social distancing guidelines and nervous customers are pushing business to change how they operate. Some of the changes may be permanent.
The entry area of the Akwaaba D.C. bed and breakfast. Usually the inn would be booked solid this time of year, but few customers are visiting during the pandemic.
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A family farm's quandary: small kids, no school and harvest around the corner

Jul 9, 2020
Soon the Schwagerls of Browns Valley, Minnesota, will need "all hands on deck." But they are facing fall with without child care or school.
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What role should employees play in enforcing social distancing rules?

May 15, 2020
Employees may face tense situations with some customers.
Should restaurant and retail employees be in charge of enforcing the law?
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What are states looking at as they start planning to lift COVID-19 lockdowns?

Apr 15, 2020
Increased ability to do testing, adequate hospital capacity and new safety measures for businesses are among the measures governors are reviewing.
"This can’t be a permanent state, and I want you to know it’s not. It will not be a permanent state," California Gov. Gavin Newsom said of the shutdowns.
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Feeling crazy working from home? Here's some advice

Apr 13, 2020
As the coronavirus pandemic forces many of us inside, a reporter based in Beijing shares ways to make life a little easier.
An empty street in Beijing after the lockdown order to stem the spread of COVID-19.
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With fewer cars on the road, some cities make more space for walking

Apr 13, 2020
Oakland is one of the cities experimenting with closing streets to through traffic to give room to pedestrians and cyclists to maintain social distancing.
Empty highways and streets during rush hour in car-dependent Los Angeles on April 6.
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Video games attract millions of players as the world "shelters in place"

Mar 30, 2020
With more people stuck inside during the COVID-19 pandemic, some are flocking to console and computer games.
What to do while stuck at home? Play video games, of course.
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