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San Francisco targets May 18 for some businesses to resume as California unveils reopening guidelines

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Governments and health officials are trying to strike a balance between reopening economies and staving off a second wave of infections. California unveiled health guidelines for some businesses while Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said the state will allow manufacturing plants, including automotive, to begin reopening Monday. Meanwhile, Oregon announced that counties will be allowed to enter the first phase of the state's reopening plan on May 15 as long as they meet certain requirements.

President Trump called the coronavirus test "somewhat overrated" after announcing that he will be tested for the disease every single day. The president's personal valet has tested positive for the coronavirus.

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  • Global cases: More than 3.7 million 
  • Global deaths: At least 264,111
  • US cases: More than 1.2 million
  • US deaths: At least 73,431

The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

7:20 pm: Frontier Airlines to check passenger temperatures

Brandon Wilson (right), owner of AvidJet, prepares to disinfect a Frontier airplane set to depart on Wednesday at 6 a.m. at Denver International Airport on Tuesday, May 6, 2020.
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Starting June 1, Frontier Airlines will become the first carrier in the U.S. to check passenger temperatures before allowing them to get on board.

Passengers and crew members will have their temperatures checked at the gate before boarding, and If someone registers a temperature of 100.4 or higher, they will be kept at the gate for about ten minutes, then screened again.

If the second temperature check turns out to be 100.4 or higher, the passenger or crew member will not be allowed on that flight, Frontier said. —Riya Bhattacharjee, Phil LeBeau

7 pm: California restaurants draft plan to reopen sit-down dining

People stand in line while following social distancing guidelines as they wait for French dip sandwiches outside Philippe the Original restaurant in downtown Los Angeles, Saturday, May, 2, 2020, during the coronavirus outbreak.
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A draft plan to safely reopen sit-down dining at California restaurants will be submitted to Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

The recommendations, which were obtained by the AP, will allow the restaurant industry to reopen without requiring measures such as temperature checks or reducing the number of tables.

The guidelines include allowing only family members or people who live together to share the same table, doing away with buffets, salad bars and shared bread baskets, replacing salt and pepper shakers with hand sanitizers and masks for servers.

Sit-down dining at restaurants in California were shuttered when the state issued shelter-in-place restrictions in March, although take-out and delivery are still allowed. —Riya Bhattacharjee, Associated Press

6:30 pm: Seattle to permanently close 20 miles worth of streets to vehicles

A vehicle drives along an empty Interstate 5 highway during the coronavirus crisis in Seattle. The original source of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, the Seattle-area has seen a drop in new cases.
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Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced that the city will close almost 20 miles worth of streets to car traffic by the end of May. The streets were initially temporarily closed to allow more space for people to safely walk and bike under social-distancing measures.

The Stay Healthy Streets will still be accessible to resident vehicles, delivery services, sanitation workers and emergency response vehicles. Durkan said the new measure will allow people to bike and walk across the city even after other coronavirus restrictions are lifted. —Hannah Miller

6:15 pm: Disney Springs will become the first Disney property to reopen May 20

Disney announced it will begin a phased reopening of Disney Springs on May 20 in accordance with guidance from government and health officials. According to a Disney statement, "a limited number of shopping and dining experiences that are owned by third-party operating participants will begin to open during this initial phase."

The rest of Walt Disney World Resort will remain closed, including theme parks and resort hotels, the company said.

"As we continue to monitor conditions, and with the health of guests and Disney cast members at the forefront of our planning, we are making several operational changes," the statement said. "Disney Springs will begin to reopen in a way that incorporates enhanced safety measures, including increased cleaning procedures, the use of appropriate face coverings by both cast members and guests, limited-contact guest services and additional safety training for cast members. 

Disney reported mixed results for its Q2 2020 earnings on Tuesday after the coronavirus pandemic disrupted Disney's theme parks and cruise businesses but boosted engagement on its newly-launched streaming service, Disney+. —Riya Bhattacharjee

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6 pm: San Francisco targets May 18 for some businesses to resume

The Bay Area will not be following the rest of California in allowing certain retailers to begin curbside pickup on May 8. San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties as well as the City of Berkeley are continuing to follow regional health orders enacted May 4.

However, San Francisco Mayor London Breed said certain businesses in the city and county can implement storefront pickup beginning May 18. Eligible retailers include bookstores, florists, toy stores and furniture stores as well other businesses. —Hannah Miller 

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5:30 pm: California governor unveils health guidelines for some businesses to reopen Friday

A worker wearing a protective mask arranges hoses while reverse racking, or unfilling, half barrel kegs of beer that couldn't be sold to restaurants and bars due to closures related to the coronavirus pandemic at the Fort Point Beer brewery in San Francisco, California, April 17, 2020.
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that a handful of retailers, like those that sell clothing, books, and sporting goods, must adopt to begin offering curbside pick-up as early as Friday.

He said that manufacturers and warehouses that support retailers will also be allowed to reopen with modifications.The guidelines include requiring employees to wear gloves and a mask when delivering items to customers' cars and implementing hands-free devices that allow customers to pay.

Eventually, the reopening plan in stage two will include some office spaces, seated dining at restaurants, shopping malls and outdoor museums, Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of the California Health and Human Services, said.California will allow some of the state's counties to move deeper into stage two beginning Friday if they're able to prove adequate testing and contact tracing, protection of essential workers and no deaths related to Covid-19 for two weeks, among other guidelines, Ghaly said. —Noah Higgins-Dunn

5:15 pm: Uber shares shoot up after CEO says ride volume is increasing

Dara Khosrowshahi, chief executive officer of Uber Technologies.
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Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said during first-quarter earnings call on Thursday that the Covid-19 pandemic hit his ride-hailing company hard in March and April, but the company has seen gradual recovery in the past four weeks as well.

He also emphasized that while ride-hailing had declined, amid the pandemic, demand for food delivery had increased as people stayed home and ordered take-out. Gross bookings for Uber Eats business grew more than 50% year-over-year, the company reported. The optimistic note the CEO struck sent shares of Uber skyrocketing in after hours trading. On Wednesday, Uber laid off 14% of its corporate work force in the U.S, citing Covid-19 impacts. —Lora Kolodny

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5:10 pm: California's outbreak spread from nail salons, Gov. Newsom says

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom identified nail salons as a source of coronavirus community spread in the state, in explaining why they will not be among the first tranche of businesses to reopen in the state on Friday. "This whole thing started in the state of California, the first community spread, in a nail salon," Newsom said at a news briefing.

"I'm very worried about that."State health officials have put "red flags" on nail salons as high-risk locations, Newsom added. Earlier this week, he announced a four-phase plan to reopening. Nail salons are set to reopen in phase 3, he said. —William Feuer

5 pm: Tech platforms are struggling to stay ahead of the spread of the 'Plandemic' conspiracy video

People hold signs during a protest against the coronavirus shutdown in front of State Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin, on April 24, 2020.
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Tech platforms are trying to clamp down on a viral pandemic conspiracy video that contains false, misleading or unproven claims about Covid-19, but it keeps reappearing. 

The roughly 26-minute "Plandemic Movie" video tries to argue that the coronavirus pandemic was created to make profits off vaccines and contains claims that counter those of advice of medical experts, like that sheltering in place harms consumers' immune systems and that masks can make people sicker. As of midweek, it had been viewed millions of times and shared widely across Alphabet's YouTube, TwitterFacebook and IAC-owned Vimeo. People were also sharing clips of the video on Twitter.It comes as health-care professionals are confronted with misinformation and harassment from conspiracy theorists.

Earlier this year, the World Health Organization hosted a meeting with tech leaders from Google, Facebook, Twitter and other tech platforms, in part to discuss what they're doing to prevent the mounting spread of coronavirus-related misinformation. —Megan Graham

4:45 pm: Trump calls coronavirus tests 'overrated,' but he will get tested daily

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters during a meeting with Texas Governor Greg Abbott about coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, May 7, 2020.
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President Trump said that coronavirus testing is "somewhat overrated" shortly after announcing that he will be tested for the disease every single day.

Vice President Mike Pence added that he, too, will be tested daily, along with "everyone that comes into contact with the president. "The new daily testing policy for the president and those in his circle comes hours after the White House acknowledged that a personal valet for Trump tested positive for Covid-19. —Kevin Breunninger

4:20 pm: Dropbox delivers first quarterly profit

Shares of cloud file sharing company Dropbox rose after hours following the release of the company's first quarter earnings, marking the first time the company has delivered net income.

Dropbox achieved positive free cash flow in 2016 and went public in 2018. The company saw gains in average revenue per user and the number of paying users.

Dropbox posted $39.3 million in net income, or 9 cents per share, according to a statement. Revenue grew 18% in the quarter, down from 19% growth in the fourth quarter. Analysts polled by Refinitiv had expected 14 cents in adjusted earnings per share on $452.2 million in revenue. However, comparing results against estimates isn't straightforward given that the coronavirus spread during the quarter. —Jordan Novet

4:13 pm: Michigan reopening manufacturing

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said the state will allow manufacturing plants, including automotive, to begin reopening Monday.

The timeframe makes it possible for auto suppliers to begin reopening plants ahead of plans for General Motors and Fiat Chrysler, both of which have major manufacturing operations in the state, to begin reopening their large assembly plants in the state on May 18. Ford Motor has not announced plans to restart its plants; it declined to comment on plans to reopen.

Under Whitmer's easing on manufacturing, facilities must adopt certain safety measures and protocols in an attempt to reduce the spread of the disease. All outlined procedures are ones the Detroit automakers have already outlined to reopening their plants. —Michael Wayland

4:10 pm: Nasdaq claws back year-to-date losses

The Nasdaq Composite rallied more than 1% to recover all of its 2020 losses as shares of the major tech companies added to their already strong gains.