Baltimore City Council Calls On Atlas Restaurant Group To Drop Dress Code

The Baltimore City Council on Monday passed a resolution calling on Atlas Restaurant Group to eliminate its dress codes at its restaurants in the wake of another dress code-related incident at one of its restaurants. A Black boy and his mother were denied service last month because of the child’s clothing, while a similarly-dressed White child was allowed to eat at Ouzo Bay in Harbor East. (WJZ-TV)

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Montgomery Co. closes some businesses, cites others for not following reopening rules

Several businesses in Montgomery County, Maryland, have been cited or closed for not following coronavirus reopening guidelines. “I will reiterate what I’ve said before and about which I have been very clear: Businesses will stay open provided they follow the public health guidelines. If they choose to ignore public health guidance, we will shut them down,” Executive Marc Elrich said in a statement. (WTOP)

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Maine is first physician to serve as president of Mercy Health Services

Dr. David N. Maine officially took over Wednesday as president and CEO of Mercy Health Services. In January, the Mercy Health Services Board of Trustees named Maine as the organization's future president and CEO following Thomas R. Mullen's retirement after 28 years of service. Maine's appointment marks the first time a physician has led the hospital and health system in its 145-year history. (WBAL)

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Baltimore restaurants cycle between open and closed as Canton becomes coronavirus hotspot

The same day last month Gov. Larry Hogan announced that restaurants in Maryland would soon be able to open up their dining rooms at half capacity, Charlie Gjerde, co-owner of Wicked Sisters, was shutting his Hampden eatery down. Despite all the health precautions the restaurant has been taking for the past three months — cleaning obsessively and checking staff temperatures at the start of each shift — an employee had tested positive for COVID-19. (Balt Sun)

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Denied U.S. economic relief because of criminal record, Baltimore electrician challenged the system

As business dwindled to almost nothing at his Baltimore electrical contracting company, owner Sekwan Merritt couldn’t see how he could afford overhead expenses plus the $9,000 he pays five workers every two weeks. Tens of thousands of Maryland small business owners in his position have benefited from the federal Paycheck Protection Program during the coronavirus-caused economic turmoil, but Merritt was deemed ineligible because he has a criminal record. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland firms get more than $10B in federal aid, including Atlas restaurant chain, Hogan real estate company

Maryland businesses have received more than $10 billion in loans from the federal Paycheck Protection Program, according to data the U.S. Small Business Administration and Treasury Department released Monday. Since the $521 billion program was launched to curtail job losses in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly 5 million loans have been awarded, federal officials reported — 81,315 to Maryland businesses and nonprofit organizations. (Balt Sun)

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Casino revenue across Maryland dropped by more than 25% after coronavirus shut down gambling

Casino revenue across the state declined by more than 27% over the previous fiscal year as coronavirus pummeled the region and forced gambling establishments to close their doors. State gaming and lottery officials on Monday released the latest revenue report that sheds light on how Maryland’s six casinos have fared after closing for more than three months and only recently reopening. (Balt Sun)

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Here's how many Southwest Airlines employees have taken buyout packages so far

Thousands of Southwest Airlines employees have taken advantage of what the company called "the most generous buyout package in our history." Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) has been offering employees leave since the pandemic started. A month ago, it outlined two new options: voluntary separation program and extended emergency time off. VSP is a permanent separation from the company, while ExTO is being offered in six-, 12- and 18-month installments. Employees have until July 15 to apply for these programs. (Balt Bus Journal)

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