BSO Cancels Events, Performances Through November 29 Due To Coronavirus

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has canceled all of its events and performances at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and The Music Center at Strathmore through November 29 due to the coronavirus. In a news release, the BSO said the cancellations were prompted by “the uncertainty of when the organization is able to bring audiences back into the concert hall.” (WJZ)

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Baltimore’s Duck Duck Goose Restaurant Temporarily Closes Due To COVID-19 Concerns

Duck Duck Goose in Baltimore’s Fells Point is temporarily closing due to COVID-19 concerns. In a message on the restaurant’s website, Chef Ashish Alfred said he’s closing to ensure his employees’ safety as coronavirus cases rise again in the city. (WJZ)

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NFL Fans Will Be Required To Wear Masks At Games During 2020 Season Due To Coronavirus

If and when fans are allowed to return to football stadiums this fall, they’ll be required to wear masks at games due to the coronavirus pandemic, an NFL spokesperson said. League spokesperson Brian McCarthy tweeted about the policy Wednesday afternoon. “For those wondering, yes, it is league-wide: fans at NFL games this season will be required to wear face coverings,” he wrote. (WJZ)

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Pharma executives tell Congress they can make a safe coronavirus vaccine in record time

Drug company executives told the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday they can make a safe and effective Covid-19 vaccine in record time, according to written testimony submitted ahead of the hearing. Public health officials are facing increasing resistance from some people in the U.S. who worry about the safety of the vaccines and say they won't likely get vaccinated — even if the drugs are widely available and affordable. (CNBC)

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Maryland Department Of Health Awarded $250K Grant To Address Decrease In Child Vaccinations During COVID-19 Pandemic

Maryland’s health department has been awarded funds to focus on addressing a “steep decline” in childhood vaccination rates statewide due to the coronavirus pandemic. They’ve been awarded $250,000, the department said in a release Tuesday. The grant will be used for communication, outreach and vaccination clinics in the areas that are showing the most significant decline, the department said. (WJZ)

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Developer Mark Sapperstein launches streetscape project at Canton properties

Canton developer Mark Sapperstein this summer is launching a major redo of the streetscape near two of his landmark retail projects on the waterfront. Utility poles dotting the landscape at Boston and Haven streets outside the Collective at Canton and the Shops at Canton Crossing will be taken down in the coming weeks by Sapperstein’s 28 Walker Development to visually reboot the area for pedestrian access near the sprawling mixed-use hubs. (Balt Bus Journal)

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'Holiday shopping will be different': Walmart says it will keep stores closed this Thanksgiving

Walmart stores will be closed this Thanksgiving, the retailer announced Tuesday. In a memo to employees, Walmart U.S. president and CEO John Furner announced another bonus for employees and that stores will break from tradition and close for the holiday, which usually is the start of the holiday shopping season and Black Friday weekend.  (USA Today/Delmarva)

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Amazon's corporate office diversity remains largely a mystery while other big tech discloses data

Compared with other big tech companies, Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) has shown less willingness to reveal much about its workforce diversity, particularly in its corporate offices. Amazon does provide broad top-line numbers that indicate increasing diversity in its U.S. workforce since 2013, when just 13% of its employees were Black and 7.6% were Hispanic or Latinx. At the end of 2019, those numbers rose to 26.5% and 18.5%, respectively. Though among its U.S. managers, those numbers dipped to 8.3% Black and 8.1% Hispanic or Latinx last year. (Wash Bus Journal)

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