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American Idol alumni, David Hernandez, has premiered his new song – “Sorry” – and the accompanying music video, a press release noted. “Sorry” is described as “a metaphorical letter to people who have been injured in David’s past and to those who have hurt him.” The music video was recorded a few weeks ago, but the release said the crew was kept to a minimum, with only Hernandez, director Derek Caldera and cameraman Arno Diem on the set. The video is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hklAEtvDvCY&feature=youtu.be.

PBS celebrates LGTBQ + Pride Month by launching Prideland – a short digital series and short form one hour after the show host / actor Dyllon Burnside (from Pose FX) on his journey across the South. The short six-episode series will launch on PBS Voices, a new YouTube channel that focuses on documentaries by PBS Digital Studios, starting Tuesday, May 26. An hour-long special companion, also guided by Burnside, will premiere Friday, June 12 at 8 pm CT on PBS, PBS.org and the PBS Video Application. Episodes have titles such as “Polyamide, Demisexuality, and Being Transgender in the South” and “Promoting LGBTQ + Health in Mississippi.”

Breaking Glass Pictures acquired Worldwide rights for Terracino’s latest writer / director (Elliot Loves) feature, Waking Up Dead, a press release announced. The LGBT film stars Gabriel Sousa (Veronica Mars), Judy Geeson (To the Lord, With Love; Crazy About You) and Traci Lords (Cry-Baby, Melrose Place; The Eastsiders). Waking Up Dead – described as “a very uncomfortable comedy about suicide, jerks, and heartless Hollywood agents” – is currently in pre-production, with filming to begin in early July.

JJ / LA, an LA-based event production company, announced a new queer-centric concert series: “Outloud: Raising Voices,” a 10-episode benefit show featuring live performances from LGBTQA artists, NewNowNext.com note down. Outloud is scheduled to begin Tuesday, May 26, with performances from artists originally scheduled to perform at the South By Southwest (SXSW) festival this year; Actor Jake Borelli is scheduled to host the first episode, and Betty Who will make headlines, Billboard reported. Appearances from Kesha, Greyson Chance, Allie X, Vincint, The Aces and Wrabel have also been confirmed for this series; funds raised during the five-week epic affair will benefit local pride organizers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, singer / rapper Bad Bunny said he “never felt masculine” like the day he dragged his music video “Yo Perreo Sola,” according to Queerty. The song, which translates to “I twerk alone,” explores the sexual abuse problem faced by many women when they go to night clubs. Bad Bunny also said he anticipated people would criticize the video, but he didn’t care.

Ricky Martin and her husband Jwan Yosef share kisses in the new music video, noted Queerty. Visual is not actually for the new track from Martin, but by rapper / filmmaker Puerto Rico Residente. The song is titled “Antes Que el Mundo Se Acabe” (“Before the World Ends”), and the video begins with a statement asking, “Instead of returning to normal, why don’t we start again?” It then featured dozens of kissing couples from all over the world.

The revival of Broadway in Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite – starring Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker and directed by John Benjamin Hickey – will delay its opening for more than a year due to the closure of the pandemic, Deadline noted. Production, which has been set to start previews the day after the closing of March 12 was announced, will now begin performances at the Hudson Theater on Friday, March 19, 2021; revival will last until Sunday, July 18, 2021.

MJ, Michael Jackson’s stage musical heading to Broadway, will begin the preview next March – an eight-month delay due to the closure of the coronavirus pandemic, Deadline reported. MJ’s world premiere, which features Jackson’s music, will begin to be reviewed Monday, March 8, 2021, on Broadway’s Neil Simon Theater; opening night is set for Thursday, April 15. Before the closing of Broadway on March 12, 2020, MJ was set to begin the show this July.

Speaking of Broadway, the Broadway League has confirmed that production will now offer refunds and exchanges for shows until Sunday, September 6, because Broadway remains dark during the summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, Playbill noted. The exact return date has not been determined. Ticket holders for shows until September 6 will be contacted via email through their place of purchase with information on refunds and exchange options.

On a related note, Broadway fans were furious after CBS announced that a single version of the 1978 film Grease would replace the Tony Awards on the network next month, Page Six noted. The Tonys, who honor the best of Broadway at Radio City Music Hall, remain postponed indefinitely. Candidate Tony Gideon Glick, from To Kill a Mockingbird, chirped on CBS, “I’m sure there are a million gays out there who can help you choose the best hit from the Tony Awards to air!”

Disney’s Frozen has been the first victim of long-lost Broadway from the COVID-19 pandemic and industry closure, Deadline said. Production, which opened March 22, 2018 at the St. James, announced that it would not return when Broadway reopened – whenever that was. Frozen, which opened most of the favorable reviews, was a solid box office player before closing, routinely generating 80-90 percent of box-office potential.

Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley jointly hosted the episode “Star at Home,” in front of the “Bombshell in Concert” program scheduled for May 20, a press release noted. Katharine McPhee (Karen Cartwright), Megan Hilty (Ivy Lynn), Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (score), Neil Meron (producer) and Robert Greenblatt (producer) share stories about the origins of the series and also hidden news behind the scenes such as doing music figures. “Bombshell In Concert” will stream Wednesday, May 20 at 7 pm CT is exclusively active PEOPLE.comPeopleTV and PEOPLE social platforms (Facebook and Twitter).

Superman and Batwoman will come together in a crossover event for The CW, Deadline reported. CW Chairman / CEO Mark Pedowitz said that would not happen in December, given the cessation of COVID-19 production, but hoped that it would happen in the first or second quarter of 2021. CW has aired six annual Arrowverse crossovers – Crisis in Infinite Earths – featuring episodes of Supergirl, Batwoman, The Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow, with the last episode airing in December and January.

Netflix is ​​developing features about the 1999 US women’s soccer team that won the FIFA World Cup, Deadline said. That includes an iconic moment when Brandi Chastain scores the winning goal on penalties and takes off his jersey in celebration. This story follows the journey of a soccer team which, in a stadium filled with 93,000 fans, won the World Cup in the nail-biting final against China. The film will be adapted from Jere Longman’s book, The Girls of Summer: The US Soccer Team and How It Changed The World.

Anderson Cooper said he decided to become a parent with his new son with his ex-girlfriend Benjamin Maisani, and stated that his friends had become his family, Page Six noted. CNN host told Howard Stern at Sirius XM The Howard Stern Show that he remained close enough to Maisani, whom he had dated for a decade, that he asked him to help raise Wyatt Morgan. “We didn’t exercise as a couple, but … when I was a child, it was only my mother and brother, but it was my mother – she was not the most parent and I hope some adults chasing after my father died had entered and just like, ‘You know, I’ll take you to a soccer game,’ “Cooper said. Cooper added that while he planned to go by “Father” or “Father” by Wyatt, Maisani, who spoke French to him, would be called “Papa.”

Revry has partnered with Brightcove Inc. to launch the first cable TV platform of its kind amid extensive cancellations of major Pride events and the LGBTQ + film festival, a press release announced. This new platform provides options like never before for those who need community during this pandemic: a truly “always-on” TV experience created specifically for LGBTQ + people. In addition to offering full access to its On-Demand library with Revry Premium Subscription, and free unlimited access with advertisements, users can now watch original Revry Revry films, shows, music, podcasts and originals, original, including global news channels. LGBTQ 24/7, Revry Now. see Revry.tv .

GLSEN has launched Respect Everywhere – a series of fundraising initiatives presented in a short video that runs until May 22, a press release noted. The first video, now showing GLSEN.org/respecteverywhere, featuring characters from The Boys In The Band – including Matt Bomer, Robin de Jesus, Brian Hutchison, Jim Parsons, Andrew Rannells, Zachary Quinto, Michael Benjamin Washington and Tuc Watkins, expressed their sincere appreciation to Charlie Carver’s teammates. , who received the GLSEN Gamechanger Award. Also, The L Word: Q Generation actress and ally Jennifer Beals will receive a Champion Award from her colleagues; Rainbow Royales GSA, Ilima Intermediate School, “Rainbow Royales,” will receive the GSA of the Year Award; and Tray Robinson will receive an Educator of the Year Award.

Former Next / Next American Model Judge Jay Manuel has an upcoming book: The Wig, The Bitch & The Meltdown, inspired by his time on the show, according to Queerty. Speaking with Variety, Manuel said he was often made to feel uncomfortable with the things said and done at the event, but he felt silenced by supermodel / show host Tyra Banks and co-executive producer Ken Mock. Manuel said one of Banks’s unsustainable actions included telling a model not to be too proud to be weird or he might turn people off, which according to Manuel was an uncomfortable time for him to shoot. The bank was recently accused of being a bully on social media after a clip from America’s Next Top Model – which premiered in 2003 and aired for 24 seasons – began being re-circulated online.

Michelle Visage criticized Jessie J for being “cold” and “not good” when she joined the Drag Race players on the tour, PinkNews said. The judge praised Nicki Minaj, “What I like about Nicki is that he does, I don’t want to say ‘real’ because it’s a stupid term, but he’s sincere, honest, and alone,” Visage told the Gay Times. However, he added, “You don’t know whether they will be arrogant, not nice, really cold people like Jessie J for us when we toured Australia.”

After selling its national health tour earlier this year, Oprah Winfrey is determined to bring the same wisdom and inspiration directly to fans’ homes with Oprah’s Your Life in Focus: A Vision Forward – A Vision Forward – Live Virtual Experience, People.com note down. The 90-minute experience, guided by Winfrey and takes place in Zoom, will air every Saturday to June 6.

Katy Perry and Taylor Swift might have a duet on the road, iHeart.com note down. When asked if he and his ex-frenemy would join a song, Perry shyly answered, “Well, you only need to listen to ‘Idol’ [this] week if all the rumors are true or false. “The potential collaboration between Swift and Perry has been circling since the stars made peace by hugging him in the music video forming for” You Need To Calm Down, “where the couple united as a delightful meal – with Perry dressed as a burger for Swift fries .

Speaking of Perry, he released his new single, “Aster,” which was described in a press release as “a celebration of the joy of the human spirit in the face of cynicism and difficulties.” The official video, which accepts YouTube Premiere, features Katy featuring “Aster” in a natural setting; filmmaker Liza Voloshin takes clips from safe social distances. “Daisies” comes from KP5, because fans call Katy’s fifth untitled studio album, which will be released Friday, August 14, by Capitol Records.

Oscar-nominated singer / actress Mary J. Blige (Mudbound) and Nat Wolff (The Kill Team) starred in the tense action film Body Cam, available for purchase on Digital May 19 and leased On Demand June 2 from Paramount Home Entertainment, a press release noted. The film will arrive on DVD on July 14th. The premise is as follows: When routine traffic results in the death of an unexplained and horrific colleague, a policeman (Blige) realizes the recording of the incident will be played only for his eyes. As the attacks escalated, he competed to understand the supernatural power behind them.

Singer Charli XCX released his new album, how do I feel now, a press release noted. This album was produced by executives by Charli, A. G. Cook and BJ Burton, and was written, recorded and released separately due to the effects of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the songs on the 11-song album include “claws,” “party 4 u,” “pink diamonds” and “7 years.”

Twenty years have passed since Britney Spears released her second album, Oops! … I Did It Again – and he marked that opportunity on Instagram, People.com note down. His post features a compilation of video clips from Spears’s music video and interviews he did while creating and promoting the album. “Thanks to whoever made this ….. I almost dropped my cellphone, I didn’t expect it [crying emojis] !!!!! “Spears wrote next to the video.

Netflix Is A Joke hosted the “Kimmy vs. the Music: A Live Singing Contest That Live” to celebrate the launch of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend,” a press release noted. The fan singing contest was immediately judged by the cast and creator of the event – Tina Fey, Robert Carlock, Jeff Richmond, Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski, Carol Kane and Daniel Radcliffe – and moderated by Jack McBrayer. Guided on Netflix Is A Joke’s YouTube page, this special event featured performances from finalists Nicholas Cradock (Perth, Australia), Larry Lewis (Richmond, Virginia), Olivia Moffat (Roseville, California), A. Rochelle Morant (Columbus, Ohio) and the winner of Vikki Siddell (St. Charles, Missouri). Players and creators raise awareness and funding for the Crisis Text Line, which provides mental health support 24/7 to people in crisis, in www.crisistextline.org/kimmy/. Also, see Netflix.com/UnbreakableKimmySchmidt.

Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Little Richard will be buried at Oakwood University – a historically black university in Huntsville, Alabama – on Wednesday, May 20, Page Six noted. Gerald Kibble, director of Oakwood Memorial Gardens, said private burials would not be open to the public. Little Richard’s close friend, Father Bill Minson said the singer was a university alumnus.

ABC is updating American Idol’s latest iteration for the fourth season, Deadline said. However, the network did not reveal whether the judges, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie, along with host Ryan Seacrest, would return. Perry is pregnant, and is expected to give birth to her baby later this summer, so there is a question mark whether she will return.

Moby released his new studio album, All Visible Objects, a press release that was announced. Along with the release, Moby also shared a video about him detailing the inspiration, writing and recording of All Visible Objects songs – available on his YouTube channel. All Moby profits from All Visible Objects will be donated to various charities, including the Rainforest Action Network and the American Civil Liberties Union; Over the past 10 years, Moby has donated 100 percent of the profits from most of his work to animal charities and human rights.

Showtime released official posters and trailers for its new limited series The Good Lord Bird, premiering Sunday, August 9, a press release noted. The series is told from the perspective of Onion (Joshua Caleb Johnson), a fictional boy who was a member of John Brown’s abolitionist family during Bleeding Kansas – a time when the state was a battleground between pro and anti-slavery forces – and finally found himself participating in the famous 1859 attack at the US armory at Harpers Ferry. Ethan Hawke, who produced this series, plays Brown. The snippet is at https://youtu.be/H-Tm63y-S4s.

Fab The Duo, a glam pop-rock duo and real-life couple, released a new song, “Stubborn,” from their upcoming EP, Our Love Is Resistance, a press release noted. Fab The Duo, who met each other at Tinder, “aims to change the cultural narrative about love in the LGBTQ space,” the release said. The duo’s newest single, “No Prince Charming (featuring MariahLynn),” was released in February exclusively through the Billboard Pride.

Rose McGowan accused Bill Maher of being inappropriate, People.com note down. McGowan, a leader of the #MeToo movement, tweeted May 9 about his alleged interaction with Maher during an appearance at the late Politically Wrong night talk show in the 1990s; he claimed he whispered to him, “My parents didn’t give me a good face, but they really gave me—” Politically Wrong was canceled in 2002 after Maher’s comments about the 9/11 attacks; the following year, he launched Real Time with Bill Maher (now in his 18th season) on HBO.

Jessie Colter’s adult appearance has opened her fans to big changes in life – she was diagnosed with “an incurable type of brain cancer” in February, Queerty noted. He said on Instagram that deciding to go public with the news was a big struggle, not wanting to “reduce the good times.” He added, in part, “But my life is not over. There is still time to make new memories. So, even though yesterday was my 38th birthday, I planned to have more birthdays to celebrate and other exciting events. looking forward to. “

Homophobic rapper and transphobia Boosie Badazz posted a video on social media admitting she hired a sex worker to give oral sex to her son and niece when they were 12 and 13, LGBTQ Nation noted. While some commentators supported Badazz for his actions, others were horrified and said that someone should call the Child Protection Service to expel children from their care. In a 2016 interview, Badazz (real name: Torrence Hatch) said he would defeat his own son to try and change his sexuality if he told him he was gay.

R. Kelly has denied pretrial exemption for the third time by a judge in New York who ruled that being pre-diabetic was not a compelling reason for his release, Billboard said. Judge Ann Donnelly issued her decision on 15 May, finding that “Kelly’s prediabetes diagnosis – a relatively common and treatable condition – is not a” compelling reason “for her release.” This is the third attempt by the singer to urge the court to release him since the outbreak of COVID-19.

Late Night Event Starring Johnny Carson broadcaster / best friend Ed McMahon homes for sale, TopTenRealEstateDeals.com note down. With poor health, financial difficulties from bad investment and the Great Recession housing market, McMahon almost lost his home in 2008. Some of his friends, including Donald Trump, promised to save McMahon’s home. However, McMahon eventually sold it to a family friend who hired him back until his death in 2009. The Tudor-style McMahon house is priced at $ 6,795 million, and is registered by Stephen Apelian and Joyce Rey of Coldwell Banker International Realty, Beverly Hills. See https://www.toptenrealestatedeals.com/weekly-ten-best-home-deals/home/hereeeees-ed-mcmahons-gorgeous-beverly-hills-home.

Pop TV announced One Day at a Time, the special animation will premiere Tuesday, June 16, and includes special guest stars Gloria Estefan, Melissa Fumero and Lin-Manuel Miranda, a press release noted. The Sony Pictures Television series has a mid-season on April 14 due to a cessation of production as a result of COVID-19. The special animation, titled, “The Politics Episode,” will be fully executed remotely and premiere on Pop TV on June 16 at 8:30 pm. CT follows the marathon this season.

Stars Will & Grace Debra Messing and Mandana Dayani, co-founders of the non-partisan organization I Am a Voter, launch a podcast about people who oppose the status quo, Deadline said. The couple launched The Dissenters on May 21; the first season of the show will feature 20 episodes. The first season will include guests such as Co-founder Rising Glennon Doyle, Adam Schiff, Jane Fonda and Patrisse Cullors.

Singer Post Malone will launch a French rose named Maison No. 9 this summer, according to a press release. Stemming from an idea to unite the best wines in its class with Malone’s love of the Mediterranean lifestyle and rise, Post and his colleagues (friend / entrepreneur James Morrissey of Global Brand Equities; and Dre London, old music manager and London Founder) Entertainment) spent) many in 2019 often traveled to Provence and collaborated with wine maker Alexis Cornu to try grape varieties and sample mixes. see Maison9wine.com .

Fashion designer Jeffree Star was slammed on social media for releasing a new eyeshadow palette called “Cremated” during the coronavirus pandemic, People.com note down. “Introducing the #CREMATED eyeshadow palette & collection … Prepare to die,” Star wrote on Instagram next to the photo palette. Shortly after dropping a new collection, critics called 34 years, calling it “tone-deaf” for releasing a product titled “Cremated” amid a coronavirus pandemic. In a YouTube video, Star told fans that the product “should come out in April but the coronavirus has made the entire beauty industry, of course, and the whole planet vibrate, and many brands and many of us companies have to move everything back.”

Daniel Silva, 27 years old from Ink Guru was arrested for murder after the death of YouTube star Corey La Barrie, who was killed in a car accident – on his 25th birthday, People.com note down. Authorities said the fatal incident occurred in the Valley Village area of ​​Los Angeles when “a McLaren 600LT racer in 2020 traveled east on Huston Street at high speed when the driver lost control. The driver then ran off the road and collided with a stop. a tree in the northeast corner of Huston Street and Carpenter Avenue. “La Barrie has more than 330,000 subscribers on YouTube and more than 200,000 followers on Instagram.

Actress Ashley Benson and rapper G-Eazy were seen kissing in a car in Los Angeles – only a week after news emerged that she called it quitting with the Cara Delevingne model, noted Extra. Romance rumors appeared almost a month after he released the cover of Radiohead’s “Creep.” Delevingne himself came to Ashley’s defense, writing on Instagram, “Now is more important than spreading love, not hatred. To everyone who hates @ashleybenson, please stop.”

Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine tried to donate $ 200,000 to the non-profit organization No Kid Hungry – only so that the organization refused the offer, according to Page Six. A spokesman for No Kid Hungry told the Complex website, “As a campaign focused on children, it is our policy to reject donor funding whose activities are not in line with our mission and values.” Tekashi (real name: Daniel Hernandez) was sentenced to two years behind bars after surrendering government surveillance of several gang friends while acknowledging his role in a series of robberies and shootings.

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Tacos El Gordo Offers Free Meals for All Health Care Workers – NBC 7 San Diego | Instant News


The Tacos El Gordo restaurant chain offers free food
for all health workers at its locations in San Diego and Las Vegas.

The only thing needed to claim several restaurants
Delicious tacos are to show employees some kind of identification that shows
You are a health care worker.

Restaurant location in Palm Avenue, Charleston
Boulevard and Losee Road offer promotions from 11:00 to
midnight.

Health care workers can claim taco or french fries and drinks and promotions will be offered until May, the chain announced on Facebook.

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California will Reveal Guidelines that Allow Some Businesses to Reopen – NBC Los Angeles | Instant News


Business owners across California are anxiously awaiting Thursday’s new guidelines from Governor Gavin Newsom, which will outline broad changes to home stay orders across the state that close most retail stores to slow the spread of the corona virus.

Newsom is expected to allow businesses such as clothing stores, flower shops, bookstores and sporting goods stores to open their doors for the first time in almost two months, with some restrictions. The governor said the order would not cover other close contact businesses, such as eating in restaurants and hair salons. However, he also said some local governments could accept variants.

Guidelines for Reopening the White House Leave Room for Interpretation

For countries considering raising quarantine measures, official guidelines recommend a COVID-19 trajectory down in two weeks or a downward trajectory of a positive test as a percentage of the total test.

As shown below, when you compare the number of new cases yesterday with those from two weeks ago, the numbers are often lower, simply because the numbers fluctuate. Criteria has been criticized by some for being unclear, creating opportunities for any governor to argue that the numbers are good enough to start reopening.

Since home stay orders were issued on March 19, more than 4 million people have been removed from work in the most populous state.

The guidelines are part of Newsom’s four-step plan to reopen the country. Thursday will be phase two. The next phase, which can reopen salons, gymnasiums, cinemas and private church services, can be in a few months. Phase four will end all barriers and allow large meetings at concerts and sporting events.

The Newsom administration is tracking six indicators to determine when to reduce restrictions. They include the ability of the state to test people for COVID-19 and track who might be exposed to it and the capacity of hospitals to deal with potential spikes in new cases.

So far, Newsom said the country was on track to fulfill its objectives.

How Long Until Coronavirus Will Cause Use Of Top Hospitals Across The Country

This interactive chart uses the data model provided by Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation to predict how coronavirus will affect health care resources in various countries. The maximum use of hospital beds in some states, such as New York, has passed while in others stay a few more weeks. Most states have enough public hospitals and ICU beds to meet demand, according to additional data from The Associated Press.

Newsom’s orders have been universally accepted today.

But three northern California states with few confirmed COVID-19 cases have allowed businesses to reopen. Tiny Modoc County allowed the only cinema to open its doors. Yuba and Sutter districts allowed in-store shopping and restarted fitness centers and fitness studios, salons, spas and tattoo rooms, libraries and playgrounds.

General Manager of Yuba Sutter Mall Natasha Shelton said about 18 of about 50 stores were open Wednesday and an estimated 200 people were inside during the day. Mall has reduced hours to allow for additional overnight cleaning. Tables in the food court are 6 feet apart and food trays are prohibited.

Newsom has cracked down on rogue counties before, ordering the temporary closure of all beaches in Orange County after several local governments refused to close it or impose public health restrictions. He lifted several orders after negotiating with the local government.

In Los Angeles, regional official outlining a plan that allows some reopening starting Friday, provided safety precautions are taken. Golfers can find the link again, and the trail will open with regional employees ready to remind pedestrians of the rules of social distance, said Chair of the Board of Trustees Kathryn Barger.

Some retailers in Los Angeles County can reopen with only roadside pickups – including florists and stores that sell toys, books, clothing, sporting goods and music. The district, the largest state with 10 million inhabitants, has caused more than half more than 2,500 deaths from the California virus.

California is no. 1 destination for travelers in the United States and coronavirus has ill status. Angie Crouch reports on NBC4 News at 5 pm on Wednesday, May 6, 2020.

For most people, new coronaviruses cause mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that go away in two to three weeks. For some people, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, can cause more severe illnesses, including pneumonia and death.

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Italy Facilitates Long Lockouts, Leaders Push Washington Vaccine Efforts – NBC4 | Instant News


Millions of people were allowed to return to work in Italy on Monday because Europe’s longest lockdown began to subside, while countries from Iceland to India took steps to relax the coronavirus restrictions. Businesses, including hairdressers in Greece and restaurants in Lebanon, open their doors under new conditions.

With increasing pressure in many countries for further steps to restart the economy, politicians are also trying to increase funding for VCO-19 vaccine research. There is hope that someone can be available in a few months, but a warning that it can take longer.

Italy, the first European country to be hit by a pandemic and a country with one of the highest death tolls in the world, began to move after the closing two months. In all, 4.4 million Italians can return to work, and restrictions on movement are reduced.

Traffic in downtown Rome was picked up, construction sites and manufacturing operations resumed, the park reopened and florists returned to the Campo dei Fiori market for the first time since March 11.

“This is something that brings happiness and excitement, and people have been missing it lately,” vendor Stefano Fulvi said. He doesn’t expect to break even in the near future, “but you have to take risks at some point.”

But the freedom of newly discovered Europeans was limited because officials feared it would trigger a second wave of infections.

In Italy, mourners can attend the funeral, but services are limited to 15 people and there is still no word on when the Mass will continue. The restaurant scrubbed their floors in preparation for take-out service, but the service sat a few more weeks.

Southern Italy prepares for the return of students and workers trapped in the north who were hit hard when the lockout was put in place. Some regional governors said they would ask anyone who arrived home to be quarantined for two weeks.

“This is a new page that we must write together, with trust and responsibility,” Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said in his message to the Italians.

Belgium allows several companies to open offices for employees, although remote work is still recommended. Like the Italians, Greeks, Spaniards and many others in Europe, Belgians were told to wear masks on public transportation.

The Italians still have to carry a certification that explains why they left. Greece, which began lifting locks seven weeks on Monday, dropped the same conditions for people to send text messages or bring written permission that justifies being outside the room.

Greek hair salons and shops such as those that sell books and sporting goods are reopened, with strict hygiene and measures to keep their distance.

Athena hairdresser Konstantina Harisiadi has installed a plastic glass barrier in the reception and at the manicure station. The new sign, “Silence is security,” is intended to prevent chatter and limit the potential for virus transmission. On the first day of its opening, all of his clients wore masks.

Harisiadi was ordered through the end of the month but, being forced to operate with clients was far less than usual, meeting the needs would be a struggle.

“We will try our best,” he said, adding that he did not want to use any method of firing staff. “As a small family business owner, I will avoid it. And with my colleagues, I will find a solution to be managed.”

But he also regrets the way the atmosphere will change.

“Everything is different. There is no spontaneity – we can’t greet each other, talk, laugh. We are entering a new era, “he said.

People in Spain who were hit hard came out for the first time to cut their hair or take food, but many small shops were still closed because the owner worked to meet strict health and hygiene guidelines. The neighbor of Portugal also reduced his containment measures and allowed small shops to open.

At the western tip of Europe, Iceland is also reopening a hair salon – along with high schools, dentists and other businesses – after the country has plagued the virus outbreak.

In the Middle East, Lebanon allows restaurants to open at 30% capacity during the day starting Monday. But many business owners say they will not reopen because they will lose more money if they operate under such restrictions in a faltering economy. Cafes, clubs and bars have been ordered to remain closed until June.

India allows some economic activity to continue after a five week shutdown, even when the rate of infection rises slightly. The locking has slowed the spread of the virus but has caused great difficulties for the poor people of India.

An estimated 1.5 million South Africans return to work after five weeks in captivity. Certain mining, manufacturing and retail sectors are reopening with up to 30% of their workforce. Private trains, buses and minibus taxis are back operating with lower occupancy rates, and all South Africans must wear masks in public.

Russia reports a steady increase in infections, fueling fears the country’s hospitals will be overwhelmed. Authorities say that wider testing has contributed to the surge. Russia’s economy has been partially closed since the end of March, and lockdowns have been extended until May 11.

Governments around the world have reported 3.5 million infections and more than 247,000 deaths, including more than 67,000 deaths in the United States, according to a count by Johns Hopkins University. Deliberately concealed outbreaks, low testing rates and severe pressure of the disease on the health care system mean that the true scale of the pandemic is undoubtedly much larger.

Developing a vaccine will be the key to returning to everyday life that is not too restricted. On Monday, an alliance of world leaders held a virtual summit in hopes of raising about 4 billion euros ($ 4.37 billion) for vaccine research, around 2 billion euros for treatment and 1.5 billion euros for testing. Officials say that number is only the beginning.

Leaders of France, Germany, Italy, Norway and top European Union officials said that the money collected would be channeled largely through recognized global health organizations. The EU executive commission hopes that the United States will take part, but it is still unclear what role, if any, Washington might play in the donor conference.

The German Minister of Health said there were “promising” developments but warned that developing vaccines was one of the biggest challenges in medicine.

“I would be happy if we succeeded in a few months, but I think we must remain realistic,” Jens Spahn told ARD television on Sunday. “This can also take years, because of course there will be setbacks – we’ve seen it with other vaccines.”

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Moulson reports from Berlin. Associated Press reporters around the world contributed to this report.

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