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How safe are indoor movie theaters during the COVID pandemic?

Remember what it was like going out to see a movie?

Even though movie theaters have implemented protocols to protect guests and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, and many of the measures have been met with praise from experts, the exhibition industry remains in a state of crisis. Indoor theaters have been closed in Los Angeles County since mid-March, and Gov. Gavin Newsom pulled the “emergency brake” on the rest of the state last week, shutting down many indoor businesses in California, including most movie theaters. Even when these restrictions lift, the industry will be anxious to reopen safely.

And in many other states, the question remains: With the national totals surpassing 12 million infections, more than 255,000 Americans dead and daily numbers surging to record highs, just how risky is it to see a movie indoors?

The argument from the exhibition industry to keep theaters open relies on confidence

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In Italy, theater reopens in town devastated by COVID

In a signal of rebirth, the Donizetti theater in the northern Italian city of Bergamo, devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, reopened this weekend after three years of renovations

MILAN — In a signal of rebirth, the Donizetti theater in the northern Italian city of Bergamo, devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, reopened this weekend after three years of renovations.

But the planned gala celebration had to be postponed, and new productions for an annual festival dedicated to the city’s native composer Gaetano Donizetti had to be streamed online from an empty theater.

Festival musical director Riccardo Frizza said the autumn festival was envisioned as a life-affirming moment for the city and province, where 6,000 people died in a single month last spring. In the summer he conducted Donizett’s

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Oil prices rise on back of COVID vaccine news

LONDON (Reuters) – Oil prices rose more than 1% on Monday, extending last week’s gains as traders eyed a recovery in demand due to successful coronavirus vaccine trials.

FILE PHOTO: A crude oil tanker is seen at Qingdao Port, Shandong province, China, April 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo

Sentiment was also bolstered by expectations that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Russia and other producers, a group known as OPEC+, might extend a deal to restrain output.

Brent crude rose 94 cents to $45.90 a barrel by 0913 GMT while U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude gained 76 cents to $43.18 a barrel. Both benchmarks jumped 5% last week.

The contango structure in the market, where the prices of front-month delivery contracts are lower than those for delivery six months later, narrowed to 32 U.S. cents, its smallest since mid June, indicating that concerns about a glut were receding.

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Ad Council’s Challenge: Persuade Skeptics to Believe in Covid Vaccines

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania conducted a study during a measles outbreak last year and concluded that “a relatively high number of individuals are at least somewhat misinformed about vaccines,” often expressing mistaken beliefs about the treatments’ association with autism and toxins. The researchers also found a correlation between belief in vaccine misinformation and low trust in medical authorities, as well as exposure to material about vaccines on social media.

Steve Danehy, a Pfizer spokesman, said in an email that “public education around the need for vaccination, as well as the rigorous process by which the vaccines have been developed, is critical.”

Public messaging campaigns can be instrumental in persuading people to act in a health crisis. Travel advisories kept many pregnant tourists and business travelers away from areas struggling to contain the Zika epidemic in 2016, for instance.

The marketing plan for a coronavirus vaccine must persuade people

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Nelly Kaplan, whose films explored female strength, dies of Covid at 89.

Nelly Kaplan, whose witty, satire-tinged French films about female empowerment and revenge made her a distinctive voice in a male-dominated era, died on Nov. 12 in Geneva. She was 89.

The Société des Réalisateurs de Films, the French filmmakers’ association, announced her death on its website. French news agencies, quoting a relative, said the cause was Covid-19.

Ms. Kaplan, who was born in Argentina, arrived in Paris in her early 20s and became both a filmmaking and a romantic partner of Abel Gance, the French director known for the innovative silent movie “Napoleon” (1927). In 1969 she drew acclaim with her first feature, “A Very Curious Girl.” (The French title was “La Fiancée du Pirate,” or “The Pirate’s Fiancée.”)

It starred Bernadette Lafont, an actress already well known from the New Wave films of Claude Chabrol and others, as Marie, a young servant who is preyed upon by men in

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Texas National Guard to Help El Paso Morgues, as Hard-Hit County Reports 22 New COVID Deaths

Since a surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations began devastating much of the U.S. in September, El Paso remains one of the hardest-hit counties in Texas. The state’s Army National Guard is now sending a 36-person team on Saturday to assist in moving bodies and mortuary services at El Paso morgues.



a close up of a truck: Low-level inmates from El Paso County detention facility work loading bodies wrapped in plastic into a refrigerated temporary morgue trailer in a parking lot of the El Paso County Medical Examiner's office on November 16, 2020 in El Paso, Texas. The inmates, who are also known as trustees, are volunteering for the work and earn $2 per hour amid a surge of COVID-19 cases in El Paso. Texas surpassed 20,000 confirmed coronavirus deaths today, the second-highest in the U.S., with active cases in El Paso now well over 30,000.


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Low-level inmates from El Paso County detention facility work loading bodies wrapped in plastic into a refrigerated temporary morgue trailer in a parking lot of the El Paso County Medical Examiner’s office on November 16, 2020 in El Paso, Texas. The inmates, who are also known as trustees, are volunteering for the work and earn $2 per hour amid a surge of COVID-19 cases in El Paso. Texas surpassed 20,000 confirmed coronavirus deaths today, the second-highest in the U.S., with active cases in El Paso now well over 30,000.

“After completing an assessment of the

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Hospital CEO says he had Covid and doesn’t need a mask. His staff are appalled.

The CEO and President of South Dakota-based Sanford Health, one of the largest health systems in the U.S., says he will not be wearing a mask because he has already had Covid-19.



a sign on the floor: NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 23: A 'mask required for entry' sign is displayed at the entry to a retail store during Phase 4 of re-opening following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus on August 23, 2020 in New York City. The fourth phase allows outdoor arts and entertainment, sporting events without fans and media production. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)


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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 23: A ‘mask required for entry’ sign is displayed at the entry to a retail store during Phase 4 of re-opening following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus on August 23, 2020 in New York City. The fourth phase allows outdoor arts and entertainment, sporting events without fans and media production. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

Hospital staff are appalled.

In an email sent Wednesday, which CNN obtained from a nurse at a Sanford Health hospital, CEO and President Kelby Krabbenhoft addressed the health system’s 50,000 employees, explaining his decision.

“I contracted the virus, felt the uncertainty that accompanied the word ‘positive’,” he wrote.

“Experienced

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Businesses in Calif. Display ‘Do Not Comply’ Signs as Residents Say COVID Curfew is ‘Against Everything America Stands For’

Some businesses in California have indicated they will flout a month-long coronavirus curfew which police have said they will not enforce and will instead urge people to comply with voluntarily.



A waiter delivers an order to a diner on November 17, 2020 in Alhambra, California, in this illustrative image. Some 41 counties in California face a month-long curfew to curb the COVID pandemic.


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A waiter delivers an order to a diner on November 17, 2020 in Alhambra, California, in this illustrative image. Some 41 counties in California face a month-long curfew to curb the COVID pandemic.

Following an order by Governor Gavin Newsom to curb the spread COVID-19, 41 counties will fall under the most-restrictive “purple tier” status affecting over 90 percent of the Golden State’s population. It means that from Saturday, all non-essential gatherings between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. will be prohibited.

However a number of police departments have said they do not plan to arrest people or issue fines to those who do not comply and will rely on asking people to voluntarily follow the

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Black Friday shopping precautions amid COVID, according to experts

  • This year’s in-person Black Friday shopping event will look drastically different from the years prior as the country continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic. 
  • Retailers have already started preparing for Black Friday shoppers by implementing safety measures like contactless curbside pick-up options and mandating mask wearing.
  • Three experts told Business Insider how deal-seeking shoppers can keep themselves safe.
  • Across the board, they all advise against wearing gloves, but recommend hand washing, hand sanitizer, wearing masks, and social distancing.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

In-person

Black Friday
shopping will look drastically different this year.

Many retailers have already begun preparing for this year’s Black Friday event by implementing safety measures as coronavirus cases continue to surge in the US.

Several big name brands — like Walmart, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Nordstrom — have already announced their Black Friday plans, many of which include requiring customers to wear face

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Sen. Rick Scott tests positive for Covid, says he has mild symptoms

U.S. Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) speaks after the Senate Republican GOP leadership election on Capitol Hill in Washington, November 10, 2020.

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Republican Sen. Rick Scott of Florida said Friday he has tested positive for the coronavirus and is working from home until he can safely return to Washington.

Scott, 67, is the second Republican senator in a week to test positive for Covid-19: 87-year-old Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa announced his own diagnosis three days earlier.

Republicans hold a 53-47 edge in the Senate.

Just a week earlier, Scott had campaigned in Georgia for GOP Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, both of whom face runoff elections in January that could determine which party controls the Senate.

During that trip, Scott appeared in a crowded restaurant and spoke without wearing a mask before a crowd in which mask-wearing was reportedly minimal.

Despite his own recent actions,

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