Preakness to be run without fans as Maryland continues to cope with coronavirus pandemic

Add the Oct. 3 Preakness to the list of major sports events that will be held without fans as Maryland continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic. The race, which drew an announced crowd of 131,256 to Pimlico Race Course in 2019, could anoint a Triple Crown winner for the first time in 145 runnings in a reshuffled series. But if Tiz the Law becomes the 14th 3-year-old thoroughbred to join that club, he’ll do so in front of an empty infield and a silent grandstand. (Balt Sun)

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Businesses React To Baltimore City’s Decision Not To Move Into Recovery Stage 3 As Most Surrounding Counties Are Set To Loosen COVID-Related Restrictions

Kathleen Lyon, the co-owner of Baltimore’s historic Senator Theatre, posted a video of the lights going up on the stage—in anticipation of reopening Friday. Lyon said they will reopen Friday for 25 people only per auditorium to see the movie “Tenet.” Lyon noted the extensive investment that has been made at the Senator with touchless technology for ordering concessions—and other safety measures in place. (WJZ)

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Anne Arundel businesses press on with openings or expansion, adapting to the coronavirus pandemic as they go

The story of the coronavirus pandemic has been one of unemployment and uncertainty. Businesses have been closed, employees laid off and owners and customers alike are unsure what will still be around when the pandemic subsides. These factors make it even harder to open a business, especially smaller entities. But business growth hasn’t slowed just yet, with data from the U.S. Census showing a 76% increase in Maryland business applications from 2019 to 2020. (Balt Sun)

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Owner of Horizon movie theaters in Aberdeen, Fallston excited to reopen Friday

The movies returned to Aberdeen in March for the first time in nearly two decades. The Wienholt family, who previously operated the Beards Hill movie theater until it closed in 1998, opened Horizon Cinemas in the Aberdeen Marketplace shopping center on March 6. Just 10 days later, the new theater abruptly closed — along with all other movie theaters and most businesses in the state — under Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive orders in view of the coronavirus pandemic. (Balt Sun)

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East Baltimore Food Hub redevelopment gets a new name, $750K state loan

A $750,000 state loan was extended Wednesday to continue efforts to convert a former water pumping station in East Baltimore into an urban food and entertainment complex. The Maryland Board of Public Works approved the loan for the renamed Baltimore Pumphouse project located at 1801 E. Oliver St. in Middle East near Broadway. The four-acre project had been called the Baltimore Food Hub and is being developed by the nonprofit American Communities Trust, or ACT. (Balt Bus Journal)

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United to furlough more than 16,000 employees at the end of September

United Airlines announced Wednesday that it will furlough more than 16,000 employees once a federal payroll support program expires at the end of September. The number is significantly fewer than the 36,000 the airline said in July could face furloughs, but company officials said several steps, including aggressive cost-cutting and the willingness of thousands of employees who agreed to leave the company, take voluntary leave or work part-time schedules allowed it to reduce the number. (Wash Post)

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Maryland Ranked 9th-Hardest Working State In Country, Study Finds

Whether it’s in-person or at home, Marylanders are some of the hardest workers in the United States, a new study finds. The WalletHub study ranked Maryland ninth in its list of the most hard-working states in the country. The study looked at the average workweek hours and the number of workers with multiple jobs, among other factors. Topping the list was North Dakota, followed by Alaska, Wyoming, Texas and Nebraska. At the bottom was West Virginia. (WJZ)

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Upper Chesapeake in Bel Air will be first in UM hospital system to offer pilot of COVID-19 antigen tests that give results in minutes

Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air will be the first in the 13-hospital University of Maryland Medical System to offer a pilot program of COVID-19 antigen tests, which can return results within minutes, health system officials announced Tuesday. Speaking before the Harford County Council, Faheem Younus likened the antigen test to a pregnancy test in terms of the speed of the results. “We are going to validate it and sort of do a study to see what is the best way we can use this test,” said Younus, Upper Chesapeake Health’s chief quality officer and infectious disease specialist. (Balt Sun)

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