Ex-Redskins Become Washington Football Team For 2020 Season

The NFL team formerly known as the Redskins will go by the Washington Football Team for at least the 2020 season, giving the organization time to choose a new, full-time name. Gone is the Indian head logo and the name Native American advocates have called a dictionary-defined racial slur. Here to stay are the burgundy and gold colors that are synonymous with the franchise’s storied history. (AP/WJZ)

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Centers of Gravity: The local mall faces its day of reckoning

Every weapon U.S. shopping malls have deployed in the war against e-commerce — movie theaters that serve dinner, hands-on beauty chains and cocktail bars inside department stores — could be rendered useless by the novel coronavirus pandemic. Malls have been on a long, slow downward spiral for the better part of 15 years as shoppers shifted more of their spending online, bankrupting the stalwarts of American retail and forcing mall owners to look beyond retailers to fill the storefronts in their hulking properties. (Wash Bus Journal)

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CARES Act To Provide $1.1M In Wicomico Grant Funds

More than $1.1 million in grant funding is expected to provide food and rental assistance to those in need in Wicomico County. On Tuesday, the Wicomico County Council voted 5-0, with Councilman John Cannon and Councilwoman Nicole Acle abstaining, to accept $1,177,120 in grant funding from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development through the Community Development Block Grant Program. (Dispatch)

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Small Gyms Say They’re Barely Making Ends Meet Due To Coronavirus

Many businesses are having a hard time rebounding after COVID-19 halted revenue for weeks, then months. Small gyms say they’re barely making ends meet. Gyms were one of the first to go as the COVID-19 pandemic closed businesses across the country. As Maryland moved into Phase 3 of the governor’s Recovery Plan, Baltimore County gyms like HIT Boot Camp were able to open back up to members. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Baltimore City halts indoor dining as coronavirus cases rise

Baltimore will halt indoor dining starting Friday evening and require all residents over 2 years old to wear masks in public places, after coronavirus cases doubled in the city in the past month. Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young announced the new restrictions Wednesday morning, about a month after the city first allowed indoor dining at 50% capacity on June 19. The new rules go into effect Friday at 5 p.m. Outdoor dining — with appropriate public health precautions — will still be allowed, as will carryout and takeout. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Baltimore area restaurants face ‘hardest time’ yet amid coronavirus crisis as officials urge renewed restrictions

While public health officials are looking to staunch the rise of COVID-19 cases in Maryland by limiting indoor dining in the state, a trade association representing state restaurants warns that would further damage the economy. And in the Baltimore area, where numerous eateries have already closed permanently because of the coronavirus, business owners say they worry their problems are about to get worse. They’re calling for government help. (Balt Sun)

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Despite Indoor Dining Shutdown, Baltimore Restaurant Week Set To Begin Friday

Despite an announcement from Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young on Wednesday morning that indoor dining will be shut down due to the coronavirus, organizers of the Baltimore Summer Restaurant Week said the event will continue. Young signed an executive order on Wednesday shutting down indoor dining at 5 p.m. Friday due to an increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the city. Restaurants can still serve customers via outdoor dining, carryout and delivery service. (WJZ)

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Maryland Renaissance Festival Canceled Due To Coronavirus

The Maryland Renaissance Festival won’t happen in 2020 due to the coronavirus. In a Facebook post, organizers said despite trying to make preparations to hold the event in the wake of the coronavirus, “our preparation cannot overcome the many external uncertainties we are all experiencing.” (WJZ)

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