A have a look at coronavirus developments round New England:
Maine’s live performance venues are reemerging from a pandemic hiatus, and lots of are setting strict guidelines to stop the unfold of COVID-19.
One Longfellow Square, which was shuttered for 20 months, is the latest venue to undertake a vaccine requirement. It’s additionally requiring that the viewers, employees and performers put on masks.
Aura, one other Portland venue, has adopted the identical stance.
“It’s our job to make this venue as secure as doable earlier than now we have live shows again in,” stated Jeff Beam, supervisor of One Longfellow Square.
The Portland Symphony Orchestra is attempting a hybrid strategy — requiring a COVID-19 check or proof of vaccination to see reside performances inside Merrill Auditorium. The PSO additionally plans stream live shows on-line.
Even outside venues are taking steps to make sure security. Thompson’s Point is requiring proof of a adverse check or a vaccination for individuals to see Phish founder Trey Anastasio carried out later this month.
The Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery has launched the COVID-19 Expenses Relief Program to help native companies with pandemic-related enterprise bills from this 12 months and final.
Many small companies are nonetheless in want of economic help through the pandemic, stated Taylor Caswell, the group’s government director. He stated the bills reduction program will assist small companies offset a portion of its COVID-19-related prices.
Eligible companies can apply for reimbursement of a portion of their eligible bills till 4 p.m. on Oct. 1.
Awards will probably be issued following the applying deadline, on a capped, pro-rata foundation dependent upon complete eligible bills, reminiscent of prices incurred whereas closed and reopening as a result of pandemic, and elevated prices of doing enterprise.
Households receiving meals stamps will proceed to get the next quantity in September and October, in response to the state Department for Children and Families.
3SqauresVT is the state’s identify for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which was previously generally known as meals stamps.
The larger profit in September and October is a part of the federal coronavirus reduction invoice, the division stated. Eligible 3SquaresVT households will robotically get the extra profit, officers stated.
Households that get the utmost 3SquaresVT profit is not going to be getting extra.
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