National Aquarium Hopes Reopening Softens Financial Blow

Baltimore’s National Aquarium will reopen to the general public Wednesday and the management is hoping guests can help to put a dent in the mounting financial losses sustained so far this year due to the coronavirus. “It’s a lot of money,” said National Aquarium President and CEO John Racanelli. Since the aquarium was shut down in mid-March it has lost about $11.5 million dollars, Racanelli said, a number that is expected to grow to $20 million by the end of 2020. (Wbal)

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Four Seasons Hotel prepares for its biggest weekend since March

The Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore is gearing up for a Fourth of July weekend that'll look a little different than years past. Typically, the luxury Harbor East hotel would be fully booked for the holiday, but this year it's expecting to be at about 50% occupancy, a spokeswoman said Friday. It is likely to be the highest level of occupancy the Four Seasons has seen since March, when the novel coronavirus pandemic set in. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Maryland Live! Reopens To General Public

At Maryland Live! Casino, officials are working to make sure a trip to the slots isn't a high-stakes affair. Casinos are allowed to reopen statewide under an order by Gov. Larry Hogan that took effect earlier this month. Maryland Live! reopened to the general public on Monday. Gamblers are being greeted with temperature screenings and, inside, patrons will find plenty of hand sanitizer and other measures meant to keep everyone safe. (Wbal)

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Macy’s plans to layoff 231 employees at Annapolis, Columbia malls

Macy’s department store notified the state Friday that it will lay off 103 employees at Westfield Annapolis, less than a week after it reopened for the first time since the coronavirus closed most retailers in March. In a filing with the Maryland Department of Labor, Macy’s said it plans to lay off the staff in Annapolis and an additional 131 workers at The Mall in Columbia. The company has not said whether it will close either location or if the layoffs are an adjustment given the restrictions on retailers still in place to prevent the spread of the virus. (Balt Sun)

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MD5G Partnership Launches in Support of 5G Deployment throughout Maryland

Today, a group of Maryland’s technology, civic and business leadership announced the formation of the MD5G Partnership—a coalition to create more connected communities through communications infrastructure and 5G—the next-generation of connectivity. (I95Business)

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Under Armour terminates $280 million deal with UCLA

Under Armour Inc. is trying to get out of the record-breaking $280 million sponsorship deal it signed with UCLA in 2016. The decision to terminate the 15-year agreement comes as Baltimore-based Under Armour has been looking to cut costs after suffering a significant financial hit due to the Covid-19 pandemic and several years of declining sales in North America. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Reopening Maryland: Baltimore Mayor Lifts Restrictions On Large Outdoor Gatherings; Indoor Gatherings Must Be At 50% Capacity

Baltimore Mayor Jack Young is lifting coronavirus restrictions on large outdoor gatherings, including mass, as of Friday, June 26 at 5 p.m. Indoor gatherings inside hotel ballrooms, banquet rooms, meeting halls and other private indoor spaces are allowed at 50% capacity. “I want to thank our residents, business community, and nonprofit community for their patience and their commitment to the public health of Baltimore City. We have seen tremendous progress in our city with respect to our numbers, due in great part to the risk reduction efforts by our city and residents,” Young said. (WJZ-TV)

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Here's where employers can start in addressing structural racism in the workplace

Does your company state equity and inclusion as a value of the business? If so, is that reflected in your company's policies and practices? Does the organizational culture of your company support and encourage the upward mobility of Black and other non-Black workers of color? Are there people of color in your company's leadership? These are just some of the "10 essential questions" that business owners should ask themselves as they examine the role racial inequity may play in their own workplaces, according to Diane Bell-McKoy, CEO of Associated Black Charities.(Balt Bus Journal)

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