1. D.C Relaxes Pandemic Rules
Starting May 1, D.C will be slowly opening up as vaccinations are currently on going. WTOP reports that D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced some of the relaxed COVID-19 safety restrictions in the District at a news conference today. Some of them include:
- Seated live entertainment venues will reopen, both indoors and outdoors, with a capacity limit of 25% or 500 people, whichever is less;
- Movie theaters can reopen at 25% capacity;
- Live music will be allowed near outdoor restaurant seating;
- Weddings and special events, business meetings and conventions can operate at 25% capacity or 250 people, whichever is less;
- Graduations will be allowed, with limits — specifics on those limits will be coming soon, Bowser said;
- Non-essential retail will operate at 50% capacity indoors and outdoors;
- Libraries, museums and galleries can reopen at 50% indoors and outdoors;
2. 13-year-old shot by Chicago Police
The Nation is in shock as not only was Adam, a 13 year-old shot by a Chicago Police Officer, she was not alerted for 2 days. The Chicago Sun Times reports that a 13-year-old boy was shot in an alley. Adam’s mother, Elizabeth Toledo said that, “Adam was a sweet and loving boy,”. The case has caused a public outcry.
The Government has announced that it has regained control of the coastal town of Palma. BBC reports that a week after Islamic militants raided Palma a week ago, they have regained control. 11,000 civilians were displaced and dozens were killed last week. There were also some significant numbers of military lost, but it is reported that civilians are starting to return to their homes. Many of which have been looted.