New Virginia COVID-19 restrictions affect wedding, event planners
ROANOKE, Va. – Governor Ralph Northam’s latest COVID-19 restrictions will likely leave some couples waiting to say, “I do.”The limitations which took effect this week forbids most gatherings of more than 25 people, including weddings. Roanoke wedding and event planner Caroline LaRocca said it is the latest blow to an industry left reeling by COVID-19. “The hospitality industry, restaurants, event spaces, and event planners.”LaRocca also operates the Penthouse at Center in the Square. She said her event and wedding bookings have been postponed en masse since COVID-19 took hold in Virginia. “About 5 percent of them were canceled altogether.”LaRocca said the restrictions will not affect the wedding industry as much as it could have, since peak wedding season ended in the early fall.
This is a perfect change of pace for socially distanced outings -- and its completely free
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Are your kids doing school virtually? We want to see what your home classroom looks like
Whether your children have already begun their school year or you’re still preparing, due to delays, there are many who are choosing to keep their kids home to learn as the coronavirus pandemic rages on. Parents are doing their best to adapt, and we applaud every parent for the decision they’re making -- regardless of what that is. But for those who are keeping kids home for virtual learning, we want to see exactly how you’re adapting. What does the “classroom” you’ve created look like? We’d love to see what kinds of ideas parents have come up with, and we have a feeling other parents might appreciate some good ideas, too.
Police in one country are using drones to enforce social distancing
Police in Singapore have taken an extraordinary step to ensure people are following social distancing rules. In a 3 1/2-month trial, police have used 22-pound pilotless drones, developed by Israel’s Airobotics, as a way to enforce social distancing and contain the spread of COVID-19, according to Reuters. Airobotics CEO Ran Krauss told Reuters the company is simply helping police maintain normal operations, specifically related to COVID-19. “The pandemic created a situation where it might be difficult for police to maintain,” Krauss said. The trial continues on in the social distancing aspect, according to Airobotics, and Krauss said the company is in talks with other cities to deploy drones.