TL;DR: Although Temple and Pennsylvania State Universities are welcoming students back to campuses this week, Drexel University’s president announced today that the Philadelphia school will have online-only undergraduate classes for the fall quarter. This announcement comes after universities elsewhere that opened earlier have halted in-person learning after coronavirus outbreaks. Just more than 600 employers received grants from Gov. Tom Wolf’s $50 million hazard pay program announced last month, despite thousands of businesses applying, my colleague Juliana Feliciano Reyes reports.
😷 A man accused of punching a teen worker at Sesame Place because the employee reminded him about the theme park’s mask requirement has been arrested.
🏥 Seventy-five percent of young adults report symptoms of anxiety or depression, and suicide thoughts are rising as the coronavirus pandemic has gone on, the CDC reports.
🗑️ Trash pickup in Philadelphia is now running one day behind schedule, and recycling pickup remains “multiple days behind.”
🦠 A decades-old law is shielding the Wolf administration from scrutiny of its coronavirus response.
🏈 The Friends League has shut down fall sports due to “unprecedented challenges” related to the coronavirus outbreak.
💰 COVID-19 could make health care even more unaffordable for Americans, a study finds.
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Although Temple and Pennsylvania State Universities are welcoming students back to campuses this week, Drexel University’s president announced today that it will have online-only undergraduate classes for the fall quarter. This announcement comes after universities that opened earlier in other parts of the country, like the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, are reporting coronavirus outbreaks. Both UNC and the University of Notre Dame had to halt in-person instruction after outbreaks.
Just more than 600 employers received grants from Gov. Tom Wolf’s $50 million hazard pay program announced last month, despite thousands of businesses applying, my colleague Juliana Feliciano Reyes reports. For those who did win the grants, it will provide a 10-week, $3-an-hour increase to essential workers making less than $20 an hour. See the top sectors receiving the hazard pay grants here.
The Inquirer’s restaurant critic Craig LaBan recommends 13 Philadelphia restaurants for great take-out food, including barbecue, meat pies, chirashi bowls, kebabs, tacos, and hoagies. Check out the restaurants here.
🚘 Here are a dozen kid-friendly day trips — ranging from hikes and horticulture, to amusement parks and museums — all within about 100 miles of Center City.
🚽 There’s new toilet etiquette for when you have guests over during COVID-19.
🍦 Ice cream hoagies and other new frozen treats you have to try in Philly right now.
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