‘I feel beaten down.’ Miami-Dade restaurants face second coronavirus shutdown

Jaime E. Love

Just as Michael Beltran was planning to reopen one of his restaurants, the county ordered it again to close.

At 11:12 a.m. Monday, the exact time chef Beltran’s public relations firm sent out a press release announcing the rebranding of his Coconut Grove restaurant The Taurus, the county mayor’s office sent out an email announcing Carlos Gimenez’s decision to close dining rooms again at all restaurants starting Wednesday.

“I’m a fiery, feisty fighter, but right now I feel beaten down,” Beltran said. “I feel like my soul has been sucked out of my body.”

The county mayor rolled back his “New Normal” reopening plan, Monday, announcing he intends to sign an emergency order to again close restaurant dining rooms, as well as gyms, ballrooms and short-term vacation rentals. The order would go into effect July 8.

Yet late Monday night, after speaking with several Miami restaurant owners via Zoom,

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Hudson Valley Restaurants Celebrate Reopening With Time To Dine

Jaime E. Love

HUDSON VALLEY, NY — Nearly 200 eateries that would have participated this spring in Hudson Valley Restaurant Week will instead take part in a new event Aug. 17-30 offering the region’s residents the opportunity to help support local restaurants as they work to reopen after New York’s new coronavirus crisis — whether ordering take-out or dining in.

“Restaurants are the lifeblood of our community and need our patronage. Consumer confidence is low right now, and some people are hesitant to venture out,” Mike Martinelli of “The Valley Table” said in an announcement about the new event, called Time to Dine.

Restaurant Week for spring 2020 was canceled in mid-March as the outbreak began to expand. On the day the state shut down restaurants and bars, Rockland County, the site of the region’s first new coronavirus death, declared a state of emergency. Westchester County, the site of the state’s first

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California Governor Orders Second Shutdown of Restaurants and Indoor Businesses amid COVID-19

Jaime E. Love

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered a second shutdown of restaurants and indoor businesses in over 19 counties that have seen a recent surge in coronavirus cases.

Newsom made the announcement last week, saying the counties had been on the state’s “watch list,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

“We’ve seen increased activity where people simply aren’t able to practice social distancing,” Newsom reportedly said at a briefing on Wednesday. “When we talk about this dimmer switch, it’s not an on-and-off switch. It’s based upon local conditions.”

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Counties impacted include Los Angeles, Orange, Sacramento, Stanislaus, Fresno, Glenn, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Merced, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Joaquin, Santa Barbara, Tulare and Ventura counties.

In the Bay Area, three counties — Contra Costa, Santa Clara, and Solano counties — were initially affected.

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Grilling your burgers wrong could kill you this Independence Day

Jaime E. Love

With multiple food recalls from chicken nuggets and bagged salad to ground beef, you shouldn’t skip grilling safety at your socially-distanced Fourth of July cookout.

Food safety experts, consumer groups and health officials have been stressing food safety precautions for years, particularly when recent recalls have again raised concerns about E. coli contamination.

In mid-June, nearly 43,000 pounds of ground beef, including packages sold at Walmart stores, were recalled because of possible E. coli. Four-pound bags of “Pilgrim’s Fully Cooked Chicken Breast Nuggets” shipped to stores in four states also have been recalled.

Meat isn’t the only food carrying risk. Fresh Express has recalled dozens of different salad mixes sold at stores in 31 states, including Walmart, Hy-Vee, Aldi and Jewel-Osco that may be linked to a Cyclospora outbreak that has sickened 206.

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