1:25 p.m. Giants’ hopes of training in San Francisco boosted by new city order: Chances that the Giants will hold a second spring training at Oracle Park rather than Arizona grew significantly Thursday with the city’s decision to allow sports practices to resume Monday and games without fans beginning June 15. The Giants still have not decided which way they will go, but they have been leaning toward doing their training in San Francisco over Phoenix for a variety of reasons, including health and safety. Team officials have told The Chronicle that hurdles remain before they can pick San Francisco, but one person involved in the discussions said Thursday’s decision by the city “is a big one.” Read the full story. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus live updates: San Francisco financial scenarios ‘keep getting worse every week’
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“My big family spring break trip that I’d spent a year planning was canceled and refunded. All of my kids’ summer camps were refunded. Concerts were refunded. Club sports were refunded. Random refunds were just popping up like crazy on my credit card account,” she said. … [Read more...] about Retail therapy for the pandemic: What have we bought and why?
Following President Trump’s announcement Thursday of new federal guidelines with three tiers of criteria for public health conditions before most businesses can reopen, Garcetti cautioned against thinking of it as three phases but rather a framework for understanding times that will require social distancing restrictions depending on the season, testing and surveillance. … [Read more...] about 55 coronavirus-related deaths in L.A. County is a new one-day high: ‘Devastating power of COVID-19′
11:23 a.m. Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival canceled, weigh-off still on: The Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival scheduled to occur in October has been canceled, organizers announced Friday, but they are still hoping to host the popular weigh-off. “We deeply regret the absence of the festival, however the safety and well-being of our attendees, participants, volunteers and all involved are paramount,” Cameron Palmer, chairman of the Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee, said in a Facebook post. Officials said they hope to hold the 2020 Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off on Oct. 12 in Half Moon Bay. The community’s Ol’ Fashioned 4th of July Parade also was canceled. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus live updates: San Franciscans mask up as 30-foot rule kicks in
11:27 a.m. El Dorado County drops travel ban, tells visitors to stay away: The county’s ban on visitors was issued in early April due to concerns over a surge of coronavirus cases and insufficient critical health care infrastructure and resources, according to health officials. Fines of $1,000 were being issued to those who violated the order. But the county’s current capacity to test and contact trace, as well as the ability to monitor COVID-19 indicators, led officials to rescind the order Wednesday. Read the full story by Alejandro Serrano. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus live updates: Supreme Court upholds California’s right to restrict religious services