The district will offer a traditional in-person option and a virtual remote learning model option. The district will not offer a hybrid learning model. Among precautions to be taken are classroom doors will be open to prevent touching handles. Exit doors will be cleaned throughout the day, drinking fountains will be shut off, and hand sanitizer and gloves will be provided. On buses, one student will occupy a seat and those seats will be assigned. Students will be required to wear masks while on the buses. Student temperatures will be taken at the door, prior to entering the building. The superintendent said that 6-foot social distancing is mandatory in every classroom.
Allentown Diocese schols will offer a virtual learning option in addition to in-person classes when schools reopen next month. The diocese says virtual classes may be different from school to school and parents will be told more by their child's school.
The CEO of the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association says 7500 restaurants could close because of Gov. Tom Wolf's recent order limiting in-restaurant seating to 25-percent of capacity. John Longstreet says he doesn't understand where the governor came up with that 25-percent number. "How we all of a sudden got to 25-percent was baffling and we couldn't get an answer as to where that number came from all of a sudden," Longstreet says. Secretary of Health Rachel Levine says that mandate is likely to remain in place until at least August 7th. Eight Democrats signed a letter to the governor that called the 25-percent restaurant limit unsustainable and urged him to restore the 50-percent capacity limit.
The Bloomsburg Fair is officially canceled due to COVID-19. Planning for 2021 has begun and the fair is slated to be held next year from September 24th through October 2nd.
New COVID-19 cases continue to increase in the Garden State and Gov. Phil Murphy says everyone must remain vigilant to curb further spread of the virus. 565 more cases have been reported, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 180,295. That's the highest daily count this month. Two dozen new COVID-related deaths were reported Tuesday, bringing the state number to 13,905.
The New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies won't play each other this week after all. Tuesday's game in Philadelphia, like Monday's game, was postponed after the coronavirus-plagued Miami Marlins came through town over the weekend. The Phillies and Yankees were supposed to play in the Bronx tonight and again tomorrow, but instead the Yankees will visit Baltimore instead.
A 39-year-old woman is dead after a freak accident in Hereford Township. Sarah Carlin was hit by her own SUV as it rolled backwards in the parking lot of the Perkiomen Animal Hospital on Gravel Pike. State police say Carlin was walking out of the building when she was hit. She was taken to the hospital, where she died from her injuries.
Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine has had enough of transphobic comments directed at her. "While these individuals may think they're only expressing their displeasure with, they are hurting the thousands of LGBTQ Pennsylvanians who suffer directly from these current demonstrations of harassment," says Levine. Levine says if she gets an apology that is sincere, she'll accept it. But she also adds that an apology is only the beginning, not the end of the conversation.
Gov. Tom Wolf is encouraging Pennsylvanians to get back to work instead of relying on unemployment. During a visit to York County Tuesday, Wolf urged people to go online to connect with businesses who are in need of employees. Pennsylvania's current unemployment rate stands at a coronavirus-affected 13-percent.
Another store is choosing to stay closed on Thanksgiving this year. Boscov's is the latest department store to make the change. Their CEO, Jim Boscov, says employees have more than earned the time off. Walmart and Target have also announced plans to close for Thanksgiving this year.
The Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex is turning into a drive-in movie theater. Carpool Cinema begins at the complex beginning next month. Jurassic Park will be shown August 8th and E-T is scheduled for August 29th. Each showing will have a matinee and evening play.