Quarantine baking in times of crisis

As institutions across the country take drastic measures to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, the third-generation owners of Seattle fine dining destination Canlis decided they needed to make major changes, too. Brothers Mark and Brian Canlis announced yesterday they would temporarily close their elegant, midcentury dining room overlooking Seattle’s Lake Union and shift their space and attention to new dining options for customers. Starting Monday, Canlis will become a meal delivery service, a casual bagel shop, and in what’s typically the restaurant’s valet parking driveway, a “drive-thru” selling burgers, veggie melts, and their famous Canlis salad to-go — …

Dear Congress: Send Americans cash. Send it now.

Congress needs to authorize cash payments to every adult and child in the United States, and it needs to do so right now.

There are two reasons for this. One is the severe economic threat posed by the coronavirus, which is already putting Americans out of work. Prominent economists are saying the crisis is faster-moving and more alarming than the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the crisis it sparked in 2008. That crisis needed an immediate stimulus, and even the roughly $1 trillion total appropriated in 2008-2009 was not enough.

Direct cash payments are a better policy than other …

America begins to shut down: Friday’s coronavirus news

The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus around the world continues to rise; in the United States, the cases have topped 1,700.

That number is expected to grow, as Americans face a new normal: no sports, cultural institutions shut down, schools closed in six states. Around the country, people are rushing to stock up on groceries and cleaning supplies, and figuring out how to practice social distancing. How long this will be necessary, no one is sure. US lawmakers are nearing a potential package to provide some economic relief to Americans and increased access …

Disney World and Disneyland are closing amid Covid-19 fears

When a pandemic sweeps the globe, making large gatherings of people incredibly dangerous, how does the Walt Disney Company respond? At first, with copious amounts of Purell, but as of March 12, the operators of the world’s largest theme parks announced that California’s Disneyland would close for only the fourth time since it opened in 1955; the park will be shuttered March 14 through the end of the month. A few hours later, The Walt Disney Company confirmed it would be also closing Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Paris for the rest of the month starting Monday, …