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FILE - In this May 27, 2020, file photo, closed businesses are seen in downtown San Francisco. San Francisco will allow outdoor dining and indoor shopping, religious services and even sporting events without spectators June 15 with barbershops and hair salons to open for service in mid July, the city's mayor announced Thursday, May 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

San Francisco OKs shopping, worship, sports as of June 15

May. 28, 2020 7:30 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco will allow outdoor dining and indoor shopping, religious services and sporting events without spectators as of June 15 and give barbershops and hair salons permission to reopen in mid July, the city's mayor announced Thursday. Mayor London Breed said nail salons, tattoo...

FILE - In this Sunday, March 22, 2020 file photo, the Rev. William A. Mentz, pastor of the Scranton, Pa.-based St. Francis and Clare Progressive Catholic Church, wears a mask and gloves while distributing prepackaged communion to the faithful attending Mass while sitting in their cars in the parking lot of a shopping center in Moosic, Pa. The Progressive Catholic Church is a small denomination operating independently of the Roman Catholic Church. Other Catholic churches in the Scranton area suspended the celebration of mass to help control the spread of COVID-19. (Christopher Dolan/The Times-Tribune via AP)

Pandemic will alter Communion rituals for many US Christians

May. 19, 2020 9:15 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Holy Communion will have a different look when in-person worship services resume at the end of May in the Catholic Diocese of Knoxville, Tennessee: The wafers signifying the body of Christ will be placed in the hands of parishioners by priests and deacons wearing face masks and safety...

Grape Shifters: Family grows vineyard into winery

May. 17, 2020 11:52 AM EDT

SPOTTSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — While the Spottsville bridge may be that community’s landmark, it’s the Boucherie Vineyard & Winery that has been making its presence known since opening to the public in 2013, making it among the more than 50 wineries operating within the state. With the winery,...

In this photo taken Tuesday, April 14, 2020, the patio at Coria Estates, a winery on the outskirts of Salem, Ore,, is devoid of customers because of the governor's stay-at-home order. Oregon is in its fourth week of lockdown. Oregonians can't enter state parks in mountains and in valleys now blooming with springtime flowers, or go to the state's trademark wineries and microbreweries. But Oregon appears to be an outlier as coronavirus cases start to peak in each state. Of all the states in America, Oregon should have the fewest COVID-19 deaths per capita when the peak comes here, according to researchers at the University of Washington who developed a closely watched model. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Oregon aims to include brewpubs, wineries in reopening

Apr. 30, 2020 7:32 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is planning to allow its famed microbreweries and wine tasting rooms to reopen when it starts loosening stay-home orders, rejecting a federal recommendation that bars remain closed. Oregonians will be able to hoist a glass at their neighborhood watering holes under Gov. Kate...

Virtual tastings keep wine enthusiasts engaged

Apr. 26, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

CLEVELAND, Ga. (AP) — Wineries around Georgia have officially entered the virtual world. Through video tastings, local winemakers have been able to engage their audience, both locally and across the country, without meeting face-to-face. “I don’t understand why many didn’t do it to...

Lauren Dufrat wears a mask and gloves as a coronavirus precaution as she puts out Easter eggs for her neighbors' children to find, Sunday, April 12, 2020, on Easter Sunday in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

Apr. 13, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

Christians the world over are celebrating a solitary Easter amid a global virus pandemic. Pope Francis has called for solidarity. At the Vatican, Francis celebrated Mass in a largely empty St. Peter’s Basilica. Italy had its lowest number of new deaths in three weeks. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson...

In this photo taken Wednesday, April 1, 2020, George Webber, dressed as

Wineries offer virtual tastings amid coronavirus shutdown

Apr. 12, 2020 11:17 AM EDT

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — In stark contrast to the normal hustle and bustle of tourists and enophiles, the grounds sit empty at California’s oldest commercial winery — the historic Buena Vista. Tasting rooms statewide shut down last month after the governor ordered businesses to close to slow...

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2011, file photo, a flock of geese fly over vines at the Trump Vineyard in Charlottesville, Va. President Donald Trump’s Virginia vineyard could be eligible for a federal bailout under the $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus he signed into law last month. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Trump winery eligible for bailout in virus relief law

Apr. 11, 2020 12:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s Virginia vineyard could be eligible for a federal bailout under the $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus he signed into law last month, despite provisions in the bill that Democrats said were intended to prevent him and his family from personally benefiting....