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WASHINGTON — Much of the country remains unlikely to venture out to bars, restaurants, theaters or gyms anytime soon, despite state and local officials across the country increasingly allowing businesses to reopen, according to a new survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

That hesitancy in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak could muffle any recovery from what has been the sharpest and swiftest economic downturn in U.S. history. Just 42% of those who went to concerts, movies, theaters or sporting events at least monthly before the outbreak say they’d do so in the next few weeks if they could. Only about half of those who regularly went to restaurants, exercised at the gym or traveled would feel comfortable doing so again.

Lynn Tanner, center, and her husband Ryan, bottom right, are served lunch at Busy Bee Cafe Thursday, May 21, 2020, in Ventura, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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About a quarter of Americans say someone in their household has lost a job amid that downturn, and about half have lost household income, including layoffs, pay cuts, cut hours or unpaid time off. The majority of those whose household suffered a layoff still believe they will return to their previous employer, but the share expecting their job will not return has risen slightly over the past month, to 30% from 20%.

Amber Van Den Berge, a teacher in Indiana, held off on immediately returning to her second job as a fitness instructor. She would need to pass a test for COVID-19, get her temperature checked each morning and lead class while wearing a protective mask.

“Wear a mask to teach a fitness class? I’m not ready for that,” said Van Den Berge, 39.

The speed and strength of any economic rebound could be thwarted because many fear the risk of new infections. Consumers make up roughly 70% of U.S. economic activity, so anything less than a total recovery in spending would force many companies to permanently close and deepen the financial pain for 39 million people who have lost jobs in roughly the past two months.

Forty-nine percent of Americans approve of how President Donald Trump is handling the economy, the poll shows. That has slipped over the last two months, from 56% in March. Still, the issue remains a relative positive for Trump, whose overall approval rating stands at 41%.

President Donald Trump speaks at Ford’s Rawsonville Components Plant Thursday in Ypsilanti, Mich. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Trump has at times downplayed the threat of the coronavirus and the benefits of testing and has criticized the leadership of Democratic governors. Meanwhile, many Democratic lawmakers have insisted on the importance of containing the disease and sustaining the economy with federal aid.

Greg Yost, a Republican from Rockaway, New Jersey, says he wishes the president would defer more to medical experts, rather than speak off the cuff. But he added that he thinks Trump believes he must defend himself against personal attacks.

“He’s between a rock and a hard place,” Yost said.

But ShyJuan Clemons, 45, of Merrillville, Indiana, says Trump has made the fallout from the pandemic worse by initially denying its dangers and failing to display much empathy for those hurt by the coronavirus.

“Even my cat knows that he’s terrible,” said Clemons, referring to his 14-year-old Siamese mix, Shinji.

Clemons works with special needs people and worries about his hours if Indiana — starved of tax revenues because of the disease — cuts its budget.

But it also shows how an atmosphere of political polarization may be feeding both an eagerness by some to return and a reluctance by others to resume their previous lifestyles.

Among those who did so at least monthly before the outbreak, Republicans are far more likely than Democrats to say they’d go to restaurants (69% to 37%), movies, concerts or theaters (68% to 28%), travel (65% to 38%) and go to a gym or fitness studio (61% to 44%).

After being closed for several weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak, Chandler Fashion Center Mall welcomes back patrons with many social distancing guideline signs Sunday in Chandler, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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Sixty-nine percent of those who regularly shopped in person for nonessential items before the outbreak, including majorities among both parties, say they’d be likely to wander malls and stores again. But Republicans are more likely to say so than Democrats, 82% to 61%.

Yost expressed no qualms about going out because he believes the economic damage from shelter-in-place orders will be worse than the deaths from the disease.

“What’s going to happen with depression, homelessness — a lot of other problems are going to arise because we shut down the economy?” said Yost, a vice president of operations at an insurance agency. “I would go to a restaurant and feel comfortable with my kids and not even have masks on.”

Still, there's an exception to the partisan divide, with 76% of Republicans and 69% of Democrats who get haircuts on at least a monthly basis saying they’d do that in the next few weeks if they could.

The poll finds an overwhelming majority of Americans, 70%, describe the economy as poor, but their outlook for the future is highly partisan. Sixty-two percent of Republicans expect improvement in the coming year, while 56% of Democrats say it will worsen.

At the same time, two-thirds of Americans say their personal finances are good, which has remained steady since before the outbreak began.

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Many families have been able to survive the downturn because of aid such as direct payments to taxpayers and expanded unemployment benefits that will expire in July.

Mitchell Durst, 74, has watched the job losses from the sidelines as a retired mathematician in Keyser, West Virginia.

He was already cautious about going out because of a compromised immune system from cancer treatments. The disease stopped his weekly poker game. He lived through the polio crisis, dealt with gas rationing during the 1970s and worked in Nigeria during the Ebola scare.

He calculates the United States will need to be patient about an economic comeback.

“Until we have a vaccine, particularly for those folks at risk, it’s going to be awhile,” Durst said. “If we get something in two years, if we’re so fortunate to be able to do that, I think that would be fantastic.”

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The AP-NORC poll of 1,056 adults was conducted May 14-18 using a sample drawn from NORC’s probability-based AmeriSpeak Panel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.

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Many Georgia businesses may reopen by Friday; Tennessee eyes next week

Many of Georgia’s businesses shuttered to curb the spread of the coronavirus outbreak may reopen their doors by Friday — and Tennessee has similar plans set for next week.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced on Monday that gyms, hair salons, bowling alleys and tattoo parlors were among the locales that’ll be allowed back — as long as they follow strict social distancing and hygiene requirements.

“In the same way that we carefully closed businesses and urged operations to end to mitigate the virus’s spread, today we’re announcing plans to incrementally and safely reopen sectors of our economy,” Kemp said.

Movie theaters may start selling tickets again and restaurants that were only doing takeout will be allowed to host limited dine-in service by Monday.

There were about 19,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Peach State, with at least 733 deaths, when the announcement was made.

In Tennessee, Gov. Bill Lee said Monday that he wouldn’t be extending his state’s stay-at-home order, which expires April 30, paving the way for businesses to begin reopening.

Some businesses could reopen by April 27, though its not yet clear which. Details should be ironed out by the end of the week, Lee said. Most state parks will reopen on Friday.

“It will be phased, it will be smart and it will be strategic,” Lee said, stressing that the state’s economy could not survive a longterm lockdown.

The announcement does not apply to the state’s counties with the largest cities, including Davidson county, where Nashville is located.

“While I am not extending the safer at home order past the end of April, we are working directly with our major metropolitan areas to ensure they are in a position to reopen as soon and safely as possible,” Lee said.

As of Monday, there were more than 7,200 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and at least 152 deaths in the Volunteer State.

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Bought By Many £25 gift vouchers competition – terms and conditions – The Sun

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How many children does Piers Morgan have? – The Sun

PIERS Morgan is a household name thanks to waking up the nation with his opinionated views every morning on Good Morning Britain.

However, the TV host has revealed one of his sons has coronavirus symptoms.

How many children does Piers Morgan have?

The TV host has four children.

He has 26-year-old Spencer, who enjoys a luxury lifestyle and celebrity friends.

Next is Piers 22-year-old son Stanley.

His third son is 18-year-old Albert.

Piers also has seven-year-old daughter Elise Morgan.

Albert, Spencer and Stanley are all from Piers' first marriage to Marion Shalloe.

While Elise is from his current marriage to Celia Walden.

Does one of his sons have coronavirus?

On April 1, 2020 Piers revealed that his son Albert has shown symptoms of coronavirus.

The presenter shocked his GMB co-host Susanna Reid with the admission on the ITV breakfast show

While speaking to Daily Mail journalist coronavirus sufferer Andrew Pierce about his COVID-19 symptoms, Piers said: "One of my sons had it in a much milder way. My youngest boy.

"I think most people are associating (lack of taste and smell) that with the virus, it’s a very unnerving thing to get."

Is Piers Morgan's son Spencer going on Love Island?

Spencer made headlines in 2019 when he falsely announced he would be heading into the Love Island villa.

Piers often says that his sons are approached by the show all the time to be on matchmaking series.

Speaking on GMB he said: “My sons get approached for these shows but they know I'll write them out of the will if they go on.”

 

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