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Social Distancing News for 6/4/2002

This is what will be different at Chick-fil-A after dining rooms reopen (AJC)

“As mandatory shutdowns have ceased and guidelines have loosened, Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A has announced a return to the days of in-restaurant dining. The franchise plans to reopen its thousands of dining rooms across the country. The more than 2,300 locations across the country have been closed to inside dining since March due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Many locations had still offered curbside delivery and drive-thru service as alternatives.”

Mayor: Subway social distance markers a must for reopening (ABC)

“New York City buses and subways should look different when the city begins to ease coronavirus restrictions next week, with hand sanitizer in the stations and social distancing markers in place, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday.

“I want to see that everywhere you go, whether it is in a subway station, on the platform or on the train or on a bus there are markings telling you exactly where to be,” de Blasio said at his daily briefing.”

Delays in social distancing prolong COVID-19 outbreak, UT study says

 “A new study by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin found that social distancing delays by one day can lead to COVID-19 spreading for 2.4 extra days. 

The study looked at virus outbreaks in 58 cities across China. Researchers analyzed when first cases were detected, when social distancing measures including staying 6 feet apart, wearing masks and staying home were implemented and when the outbreak was considered contained.”

Sports Teams, Leagues Seeking Creative Solutions To Social Distancing In Stadiums (CBS Boston)

“Empty seats have been the norm the past few years at the University of Kansas, where a succession of football coaches has failed to turn around the flailing fortunes of the Jayhawks.

Now, all those open seats — and short lines and quiet concourses — will be the norm in stadiums just about everywhere.

The coronavirus pandemic has forced universities, leagues and franchises to evaluate how they might someday welcome back fans. While opinions vary from sport to sport, nation to nation and even state to state, one thing seems clear: Social distancing is a sure bet when fans return. So don’t expect 100,000-plus fans packed into Michigan Stadium for a football game this fall or 16,300 seated inside Kansas’ storied Allen Fieldhouse when college basketball season rolls around.”

“We don’t know how we’ll be coming back,” Jayhawks athletic director Jeff Long acknowledged. “We’ve modeled 15 to 16,000 in Memorial Stadium, and to be honest with you, we’ve modeled Allen Fieldhouse, and I can’t bring myself to look at it because I know how few people it will be and that’s upsetting.”

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