I’m Tia Larose, welcoming YOU to Naked News! I know we’ve ALL been hoping our social distancing and wearing masks would make the coronavirus start to disappear. But it seems WAY too many people AREN’T socially distancing OR wearing masks, and now we’re seeing the repercussions. Laura’s in the Naked Newsroom with the latest developments.
That’s right, Tia. New infections are on the rise in many US states, forcing officials to start reinstating restrictions. States including Texas and Florida have ordered bars to close again, and Texas has also imposed NEW rules for other businesses. California’s governor has ordered Los Angeles’ bars to shut down, and officials are urging several other counties to do the same. This as infections and hospitalizations have started spiking again. C’mon, folks. Be SMART and be CAREFUL!
In other news, Mississippi’s state legislature has PASSED a bill that will remove the Confederate emblem from the state’s flag. Mississippi’s is the last flag to still show the emblem, which many see as a symbol of racism. The bill also establishes a commission to develop a NEW flag design that’ll be voted on later in the year. The next step will see the bill sent to the Governor, who Tweeted this weekend that he would sign it into law.
And Microsoft has announced that it will shutter nearly ALL of its brick-and-mortar stores worldwide – permanently. Like other retailers, Microsoft temporarily closed its stores in late March due to the COVID-19 pandemic and called this move a “strategic change”, as most of its sales now come from online customers. The announcement comes at a time when it’s estimated that about 25,000 US retailers will go out of business in 2020 because of business woes caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Sit tight because I’ll see you later in the show for more headlines.