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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards holds up his own mask, taken off while he was speaking, to remind Louisiana residents that a highly effective thing within their power to do to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to simply wear a mask, Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at a press conference update on the state's COVID-19 situation at the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in Baton Rouge, La. (Travis Spradling/The Advocate via AP, Pool)

Edwards keeping Louisiana coronavirus restrictions in place

Aug. 4, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Tuesday that he'll continue Louisiana's statewide mask mandate and the business restrictions he enacted to combat the coronavirus outbreak for at least three more weeks, despite lawsuits seeking to upend the orders. The rules were set to expire...

Oklahoma mayor alleges threats by state lawmaker over masks

Aug. 4, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The mayor of an Oklahoma City suburb alleges she was threatened by a state lawmaker because of a mandate she issued requiring bar and restaurant workers to wear masks in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Republican State Rep. Jay Steagall on Tuesday denied threatening...

In a July 2020 photo provided by Wolf's Ridge Brewing, owner Bob Szuter, employees Allison Randolph and Alicia Herrmann, sous chef Andy Zamagias, general manager Corey Schlosser and employee Andy Powell, from left, gather inside the restaurant's tap room in Columbus, Ohio. Szuter says he’s trying to figure out new ways to bring in revenue, focusing more on the brewery side of the business until it’s safe to have a full dining room. (Charlie Wilkerson/Wolf's Ridge Brewing via AP)

With loan money gone, restaurants are at mercy of virus

Aug. 3, 2020 9:59 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The check has arrived and beleaguered restaurant owners across America are looking down on their empty wallets. Government coronavirus loans in the spring helped eating establishments rehire laid-off employees and ride out the pandemic's initial surge and wave of shutdown orders. But that...

Supreme Court weighs New Mexico restrictions on restaurants

Jul. 31, 2020 7:35 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The administration of New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is defending before the state Supreme Court its decision to ban indoor restaurant service as a reasonable precaution against the coronavirus. A challenge to the indoor dining prohibition was in the hands of the state Supreme...

People riding the subway wear face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus in Taipei, Taiwan, Thursday, July 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Asia Today: 723 cases in Australia, closures in Vietnam

Jul. 30, 2020 12:15 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia’s coronavirus hot spot, Victoria state, will make masks compulsory statewide after reporting a record 723 new cases on Thursday. Masks have been mandatory in the state capital, Melbourne, and a neighboring semi-rural district for the past week. Victoria Premier...

Gov limits house parties to 15 people after virus cases rise

Jul. 29, 2020 3:42 PM EDT

Rhode Islanders hosting parties during the coronavirus pandemic will need to tone things down. Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Wednesday that she's cutting the maximum number of people allowed at backyard barbecues, house parties and other social gatherings in the state from 25 to 15 people. The Democrat also said...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus walk outside Flinders Street Station in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, July 23, 2020. There were few bare faces among rush-hour commuters in Australia’s second-largest city on Thursday morning as Melbourne residents were largely complying with a new law making face coverings compulsory. (James Ross/AAP Image via AP)

The Latest: Hard hit Australian state sees new cases drop

Jul. 28, 2020 11:23 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia’s hard-hit Victoria state has recorded its lowest daily tally of COVID-19 cases in nine days while the state premier is expressing hope that it is the start of a downward trend. Victoria on Wednesday reported 295 new cases and nine deaths, seven of which were in aged...

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gives her weekly update on COVID-19 and the state's effort to contain it during a virtual news conference from the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M., on Thursday, July 23, 2020. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

County in oil-production zone fights stay-at-home order

Jul. 28, 2020 7:20 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A county in New Mexico's southeastern oil production region is backing a legal challenge against a statewide ban on indoor dining amid surging coronavirus infections across the state. Eddy County filed a legal brief with the New Mexico Supreme Court in solidarity with restaurants that...

Governor Roy Cooper wears a face covering as he closes his press briefing on the COVID-19 virus at the Emergency Operations Center on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in Raleigh, N.C. (Robert Willett/The News & Observer via AP)

Cooper: Alcohol sales at N.C. restaurants ending earlier

Jul. 28, 2020 5:38 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced on Tuesday he's curbing alcohol sales hours at restaurants starting later this week, a COVID-19 restriction to discourage late-night gatherings where health officials say social distancing isn't happening. Starting Friday, the eateries and...

People wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus wait to cross an intersection in Beijing, Saturday, July 25, 2020. China on Saturday reported several dozen new confirmed coronavirus cases, including a few who caught the virus abroad. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: New virus cases rise in China's Xinjiang region

Jul. 27, 2020 9:34 PM EDT

BEIJING — New coronavirus cases continue to rise in China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang, with 57 reported on Tuesday. The capital Beijing also reported its first case of domestic transmission in more than two weeks, while the northeastern province of Liaoning added another six cases in its local...