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Parts of Charles Street to be closed to drivers to expand outdoor dining, shopping during pandemic

Portions of Charles Street is going to be closed on Saturday for a “pedestrian takeover,” allowing for expanded outdoor shopping and dining amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Downtown Partnership of Baltimore helped orchestrate the “Charles Street Promenade” that closes portions of Charles Street from Saratoga Street to North Avenue from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

People will be able to shop and eat at numerous places along the street including Brewers Art, Homeslyce, Mick O’Sheas, Aloha Sushi and Tapas Teatro, the partnership said in a news release. Mount Vernon Place will also offer free fitness classes.

Public health experts have said outdoor dining is safer than eating inside because of the lower risk of transmission for the coronavirus. Many Baltimore restaurants adjusted their operation to accommodate expanded outdoor dining in response to the pandemic. The move to close Charles Street to motorists is similar to strategy officials used in Fells

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Best Buy closed down stores in the pandemic. People kept shopping

When the coronavirus started spreading in the United States in March, Best Buy chief executive Corie Barry moved quickly.



a sign in front of a house: Best Buy has been one of the few retail winners in the pandemic.


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Best Buy has been one of the few retail winners in the pandemic.

Barry made the decision to voluntarily close the company’s 1,000 stores across the country, putting it at a major disadvantage as consumers flocked to other chains that sold electronics like Walmart and Costco, or ordered online from Amazon.

Barry could have kept stores open in some areas where Best Buy was considered an essential business because it sold products that allowed people to work and go to school from home. But customers and employees were scared, she said in an interview, and the company had “very little real empirical data about how to keep people safe.”



a woman smiling for the camera: Best Buy CEO Corie Barry decided to close stores in the early stages of the pandemic.


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Best Buy CEO Corie Barry decided to close stores in the early stages of

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