Governor Brad Little announced today that the state of Idaho will begin the process of reopening up the state’s businesses. Idaho was one of the first state’s to declare a mandatory state at home order and most businesses haven’t been open since the end of March.Governor Little also announced that the state will begin a plan to help restore/rebuild Idaho by grants of 300 million dollars dedicated to Idaho businesses.
“No other state in the country is putting up a larger amount from the Coronavirus Relief Fund to help small businesses with cash support,” Governor Little said. “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy. My Economic Rebound Advisory Committee, which I created last week, recommended this step to ensure a path back to prosperity and restore the trajectory we had 70 days ago.”
How does a small business apply for the grants? The Idaho State Tax Commission will handle the application process. The Idaho State Tax Commission will facilitate the applications. To apply, small businesses must create a Taxpayer Access Point (TAP) account through the Tax Commission if they do not already have one. Small businesses are encouraged to create a TAP account as soon as possible. Information on creating such an account is available here: https://rebound.idaho.gov/idaho-rebound-cash-grants-for-small-businesses/
Governor Little outlined the beginning of the first phase to restore the Gem State to greatness.
- Places of worship, daycares, and organized youth activities and day camps can reopen as long as they follow protocols.
- The 14-day self-quarantine for people entering the state will continue, to prevent an influx of out-of-state visitors who could be carrying the virus into Idaho.
- Vulnerable Idahoans should continue to stay at home if they can.
- Employees are encouraged to continue teleworking, and employers should return employees to work in phases.
- Gatherings of any size, both public and private, should be avoided.
- Non-essential travel should be minimized or avoided.
- Dine-in at restaurants must remain closed, but pick-up and delivery options will still available. In the next two weeks, restaurant operators should develop plans to open for dine-in on May 16 during Stage 2. Protocols will be available at Rebound.Idaho.Gov before close of business today.
- Indoor gyms, recreation facilities, and close contact services such as massage, hair and nail salons remain closed but can make plans to reopen on May 16 in Stage 2 if they follow protocols.
- Visits to senior living facilities and congregate facilities such as jails and prisons are prohibited.
- Bars, nightclubs, and large venues must remain closed.
If all goes well, we move on to phase 2 which will be May 16th.. Stay tuned true believer….
Nadezhda Babkina remains one of the capital’s hospitals. The star was diagnosed with double pneumonia, although it originally referred to the suspicion of coronavirus. The truth about the state of health of the actress knew only the closest.
– the Condition was extremely difficult, says Gauguin Solntsev. A friend of mine works in theatre Babkina. He said that they had a real panic. All went black from pain! “With the Hope of Georgievna has already all began to say goodbye!” – he told me. No one thought she was able to get out. Lay in a coma. Her condition was severe. The doctors just shrugged. Because Babkina lot of comorbidities. The struggle for life continued for two weeks.
According to Gauguin, at the theatre every day, praying for the singer. And it helped.
Now the Hope of Georgievna has already, of course, the better – continues the sun. – She came back from the dead! Every day I call my friend, interested in her well-being. Because I always loved Nadia. In the theater, they say that in ten days we can talk about the extract Babkina. The most difficult step behind. Hope in the mind, is already calling family and friends.
Gauguin himself says that he wants again to attend a concert Babkina. But when it happens, can’t tell.
– as far As I know about going on stage now out of the question – sigh singer. – After the usual bronchitis to sing difficult! But there is a serious pneumonia! Her doctors said that it is better not to sing. I think three or four months it will take to restore. Maybe by the time the whole mess with the coronavirus in Russia will end.
The Grand Theatre is one of those civic treasures that always seems to need saving.
It was built as an opera house in the tiny sawmill town of New London, Wis., in 1895. A century later, it was a run-down movie theater, desperate for a renovation.
The town’s voters agreed to tax themselves to restore it. But in 2010, the owner was still having a hard time turning a profit. That’s when Jim Billek stepped in.
Billek, who also owns two single-screen theaters in towns farther north, took over and has been running the place as a four-plex for the past nine years. But now, with the coronavirus outbreak, the Grand Cinema Theatres is in big trouble.
“I’m at the bottom of the totem pole,” Billek says. “If we don’t come up with something, we’re bankrupt.”
Some small theaters have been angling to get a slice of the $350 billion in federal loans made available last month by the stimulus package. Billek was not among them — he says he doesn’t have enough employees to qualify, and even if he did, he doesn’t have a team of accountants on hand to help with the paperwork.
For now, there’s not much to do but sit and hope that when the theaters reopen, the audience returns.
“You’d have to open up pretty darn fast and with a large amount of people coming to shows in order to turn around,” he says. “The power companies and the bank are not going after me right now. But once we’re open, they’re all going to want their money fast, especially the bank.”
Bill Campbell owns three theaters — a six-plex in Sheridan, Wyo., and a twin and a single-screen in Montana.
He said he hopes the cinemas can resume operations at the end of May. He has received a small loan — less than $100,000 — through the Paycheck Protection Program. That will allow him to keep most of his staff at least through May.
“Some of my college kids and high school kids probably won’t get unemployment,” he says. “I’m the government’s unemployment for my staff.”
If theaters are allowed to reopen by that time, he expects to emerge more or less unscathed. But a longer closure could be a problem.
“If it does go four months, then we’re back to ‘What do we do? Lay off our employees?’” he says. “At some point things have got to reopen.”
Russell Allen runs Allen Theatres, based in Las Cruces, N.M. He foresees a backlash if things don’t start up soon.
“Some of these little towns around New Mexico, there’s nobody that’s got [the coronavirus],” Allen says. “And you’re having the strong arm of the government telling you you can’t open. It’s a hard pill to swallow. Our freedoms are being taken. That’s very disturbing — and it was easy to be done.”
Allen says he was approved for a PPP loan in the neighborhood of $250,000. The loan will enable him to keep his full-time essential workers on staff during the shutdown.
He’s worried that when he reopens, there won’t be any movies to show. But eventually, he predicts, audiences will return.
“We’re gonna have a lot of people that want to escape from life,” he says.
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29 Apr 2020, 11:39
A proposal to refurbish part of the grade two-listed town hall, including restoration of its 3,000 sq ft Victorian ballroom to create a multifunctional community space, has won planning consent.
Trafford Council approved the application for listed building consent under statutory delegated powers, which it is using to determine schemes during the Covid-19 lockdown.
The project, designed by Buttress Architects, is being led by the Friends of Stretford Public Hall, a local residents charity set up to identify and progress options to retain the heritage asset for community use.
The total value of the refurbishment has not been disclosed. The project is being part-funded with a £68,000 grant from the Architectural Heritage Fund secured last October.
Stretford Public Hall, which sits on Chester Road opposite Stretford Mall, which is undergoing a large-scale redevelopment, was built in 1878 for the community by local philanthropists John and Enriqueta Rylands.
Over the next century, the building was used for a variety of purposes including as a public library, public baths, a theatre, and council offices.
However, by 2014, it stood empty and was about to be put up for sale when Friends of Stretford Public Hall lodged a bid to save the hall and secured the building’s freehold from Trafford Council in 2015.
Since then, the group has been fundraising and developing plans to restore the hall and repurpose it for use as a community asset.
Under the plans, the 15,000 sq ft building, which has two storeys plus a mezzanine floor, will be transformed to provide function space for weddings, theatre shows, conferences, live music concerts and other events.
The scheme seeks to renovate the ballroom with an opening at the western end of the south wall to form a new servery, while a former staircase landing opening will be reinstated, and new lighting installed.
A ground floor fire escape door will be altered to open up the space, and a general redecoration of the ballroom and replacement of fixtures and fittings will also be carried out under the plans.
Meanwhile, the south-eastern chamber of the hall will be redeveloped from two storerooms to three unisex toilets and one accessible toilet, with deck storage space above to expand public facilities within the building.
A contractor is yet to be appointed, but the work is currently out to tender and expected to start later this year.
The double-height ballroom will be converted into a function room
The aim is for events held at the ballroom to generate income for the Friends of Stretford Public Hall, which would be reinvested into the maintenance of the building and other community activities.
Neal Charlton, director at Buttress, said last year: “The Friends of Stretford Public Hall are a passionate group of people who are dedicated to restoring and reinstating the Hall’s place at the heart of the community.
“We look forward to working with them to deliver this exciting project, which will bring them one step closer to fulfilling their long-term vision for the building.”
Stretford Public Hall refurb approved
Bill Lewis likes to think about how Safford, Arizona, may have been the inspiration for the layout of Disneyland.
“Walt Disney used to come here to premiere his cartoons at the Safford Theatre,” said Lewis, an annuities and investments agent. “And the story goes that one time he looked down our main street and he said to somebody, ‘Hey, this looks like what I want to do when I build Disneyland.’ He liked the long, old-fashioned street that ended at the courthouse.”
Lewis recalls that celebrities routinely hung out in Safford, three hours southeast of Phoenix.
“Roy Clark used to come here and perform at the Matador,” he said of the town where he’s lived his whole life and where, for the past 14 years, he’s spearheaded the restoration of the theater Walt Disney often visited.
He wanted to save and restore the theater because it represents something bigger than just another fancy old historic building, Lewis said recently. “That theater represents the history of our life here in Safford. It’s who we are and how we grew up and what that means to us. This was a wonderful place to grow up.”
The theater sat empty and in ruins until a partnership between the Gila Valley Historic Preservation Committee and Safford’s own Downtown Association joined forces in 2017, with plans to refurbish the theater. The Safford had screened its last film in 1975, and closed for good in the 1980s, after a fire destroyed much of the interior.
Built in 1911 as an open-air venue, the theater was renovated only a few months later into a traditional enclosed playhouse. “They put a roof on it and remodeled the inside. It was the only theater in Safford,” Lewis explained. “Louie Long bought it in the 1920s, and he had it after that. He was famous for owning radio stations and movie theaters all over the state of Arizona.”
Saffordites David and Susan Duros bought the once-grand movie house several years ago, with the intention of tearing it down. But once they ripped down the newish facade and found the intricate plasterwork of the original playhouse underneath, they folded. “After that, they knew they couldn’t tear it down,” Lewis said. “They donated it to Gila Valley Historic Preservation.”
Lewis, then a member of the Gila Valley organization, got busy putting together a restoration committee. He had his reasons.
“I used to go there with my grandmother. Everybody went to that theater. It cost 10 cents to go to the show back in those days. I grew up here, I was born here, and I like history.”
He raised restoration funds by selling theater courtyard bricks for $50 each, and a United Way grant for $84,000 helped move things along. Next up, Lewis hired an attorney to resolve the dozen different liens against the theater, then commenced restoration with a fancy new marquee out front.
“That’s when we found out that even in a small town, you don’t just go ahead and do things. We put the marquee up and about three hours later someone from the city turned up and said, ‘You can’t do that without a permit. Take it down.’”
Lewis, who hasn’t done a restoration project before, said his colleagues in the renovation are attempting to restore the theater as close to period-correct as possible. He and his fellow restorationists hunted down antique scrollwork, banisters, and lighting fixtures from places as far away as the U.K. and Australia.
“Also Detroit,” he clarified.
The newly renovated space will offer an outdoor theater for live performances, a movie screen, a courtyard, and an indoor performance stage. Out front, there’ll be a ticket booth, a concession stand, and renovated restrooms.
The project is important to him and to Safford. “Like they say, you should leave the world a better place,” he explained. “If you can point to a beautiful old building and tell your kids a few of the stories you went through there, that’s a good thing.”