Warmer weather lures people outdoors, and protests continue over restrictions.
Warmer weekend temperatures and fatigue over weeks of confinement lured millions of Americans outside on Saturday, adding to the pressure on city and state officials to enforce, or loosen, restrictions imposed to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
The lifting of stringent rules across the nation signaled
One of the biggest beneficiaries of the government small business lending program said on Saturday that its companies would (return at least $ (million in loans) received through the Paycheck Protection Program.
Ashford Inc., which oversees a tightly interwoven group of hotels and resorts, had applied for $ million in loans, and the firm had previously said it planned to keep the money it received.
On Saturday, citing new guidelines from the Small Business Administration that restrict who can receive funding, the company said its firms would return the loans.
Those rules were instituted as it became clear that companies like Ashford, along with other publicly traded firms, were benefiting from a program that Congress had intended to help small firms keep workers on the payroll.
Many of those who objected to the requirement contended that it was unconstitutional, Mr. McNickle said, an argument he said had been rejected by the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.
Faced with the threats, Stillwater officials adopted a new policy that would “encourage, but not require, patrons to cover their faces,” Mr. McNickle said.
And more food is coming – California strawberry growers are fretting about how to sell their goods, with peak harvest season approaching in May.
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