I’m Clinton Griffiths with today’s AgDay Minute.
Curfews, limits on gatherings and, even indoor dining bans. Several states are starting to impose restrictions again as coronavirus numbers climb across the country. All this as the restaurant industry continues to deal with the financial effects of the spring lockdowns. The National Restaurant Association releasing new numbers about the impact, saying that total pandemic losses have reached 215-billion dollars through October. It says October however, saw monthly sales decline, the first drop since the end of the lockdowns last spring. Leaders say that drop is a troubling sign for the industry, as it likely was the last month for outdoor dining in many parts of the country.
Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa is the latest high-profile leader to be exposed to the virus. The 87-year old, posting this statement on Twitter. Saying quote “I will follow my doctors’ orders and immediately quarantine as I await my test results.” end quote. Grassley added he’s feeling well and not experiencing any symptoms.
And a farm kid is circling the Earth right now! Michael Hopkins of Missouri is an astronaut and is currently aboard the International Space Station. Hopkins commanded the capsule named “Resilience” that blasted off into space earlier this week. Hopkins along with the other astronauts will remain onboard the space station until spring.
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