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Monday marks a new beginning for droves of U.S. communities that are loosening restrictions meant to minimize the spread of COVID-19. At least 14 U.S. states are easing lockdown restrictions on Monday, including Florida, which will allow gyms and fitness centers to reopen at 50 percent capacity and restaurants and retailers to increase their volume to 50 percent. Go to the link in our bio for more on this story.
“HAVE A GOOD DAY”: Police in Camden County told the owners of a New Jersey gym that reopened this morning that they were “formally” in violation of the state’s shutdown order. “On that note, have a good day. Everybody be safe.”— FOX 29 (@FOX29philly) May 18, 2020
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What a surreal world we are in right now. https://t.co/1TmJCTSFKe— Kathleen McKinley (@KatMcKinley) May 18, 2020
Virginia Governor says he will allow beaches to re-open Friday— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) May 18, 2020
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◼️◼️Just In◼️◼️ A county judge has declared Democrat Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s coronavirus restrictions “null and void” because she didn’t have her emergency orders approved by the Legislature. Baker County Circuit Judge Matthew Shirtcliff made the ruling Monday in a lawsuit brought by churches that had sued saying the social-distancing directives were unconstitutional. The suit had also argued that emergency powers only last for a month and after that Brown would have needed legislative approval. The judge agreed. Brown said she would immediately appeal the ruling to the state Supreme Court to try to keep the emergency orders in effect. “This will ensure we can continue to safeguard the health of all Oregonians — including frontline health care workers, those living in nursing homes, workers in agriculture and food processing plants, and Oregonians with underlying health conditions –– while the legal process moves forward,” Brown said. Ray Hacke, the attorney who represented the plaintiffs in the case, said in a phone interview Monday the ruling invalidates Brown’s ban on churches gathering for worship but also the entire stay-at-home order, Hacke said. Common Sense intervened after the Sacramento-based Pacific Justice Institute filed the case earlier this month on behalf of Oregon businesses, expanding the scope, he said. “The stay-at-home order is no longer in effect. It is invalidated. If people want to get their haircut, they can. They can leave their home for any reason whether it’s deemed essential in the eye of the state or not,” he said.
Oregon's stay-at-home order got knocked down on the grounds that the governor exceeded her authority by extending the order after it had been in effect for 28 days without getting legislative approval. https://t.co/kL4SAi4kRv— Varad Mehta (@varadmehta) May 18, 2020