A light, first frost came early to the Berkshires this year, prompting home gardeners to cover and protect more delicate crops for the night. I remember thinking, with a smile, as I made my way down to the garden the following morning, that a bird flying high over the still-quiet neighborhoods and town-outskirts at dawn, looking down, would have puzzled at the strange sight: an odd array of so many sheets, blankets, and tarps spread out like a scattered, mismatched patchwork-quilt of sorts, in all the backyards below! I was happy to see that the tomatoes and lettuces had survived alongside the beans and chard, beneath the sheets. But it was time to harvest most of what was left—except for the winter squash. The hearty fruit could survive a lighter…
Aged care facility residents are allowed to go on excursions with the Sunshine State clocking up 36 days without community transmission of the virus on Oct 16.
“This is a great outcome,” Deputy Premier Steven Miles told reporters.
“As a reward for Queenslanders, we will be able to, young people at formals, dance again.”
The move to ease health restrictions was not initially planned to happen until November 1 on the Queensland recovery roadmap but authorities moved it forward.
It also permits the capacity at gatherings at homes and in public places to be increased from a maximum of 30 to 40 people.
“Up to 40 people at a time will be able to dance at weddings and residents at aged care facilities and nursing homes will again be able to go on excursions to the beach, to play bingo,” Miles said.
Year 12 students will also be able to dance at end-of-the-year events with a COVID-safe plan.
Four COVID-19 cases remain active in Queensland, with two new cases diagnosed on Friday.
One of the cases is a miner who returned from Africa and Papua New Guinea and the other is a traveller who recently returned from the USA.
Both are in hotel quarantine in Cairns and on the Gold Coast.
Health officials completed 4738 tests in the 24 hours to Friday morning. They remain watchful of the situation in NSW and Victoria ahead of the potential reopening of the border at the end of the month.
Aaron Bunch in Brisbane
Focus News: Queensland Eases COVID Rules Further Ahead of State Election
Five Irvine City Council candidates who participated in the second of two debates hosted by the Associated Students of the University of California, Irvine (ASUCI), on Oct. 14, said they want to build more affordable housing, safely reopen the economy, and build on the city’s Climate Action Plan. All 14 candidates were invited to participate in the virtual debate, however Vice Mayor Mike Carroll, Mark Newgent, John Park, and Hai Yang Liang declined. COVID-19 When candidates were asked how they would handle reopening the economy amid the pandemic, most agreed a safe recovery will hinge on frequent testing, social distancing, and ample supplies of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Carrie O’Malley, a state public policy expert, vowed to create two public-private sector advisory committees, one to assist small businesses and another—including…