Inland Empire

Hangar 24 cancels air show in San Bernardino in response to coronavirus

Hangar 24 and San Bernardino International Airport officials have canceled the 2020 SBD AirFest, the planned merger of two air shows, after learning military demonstration teams may not be available to perform due to the continuing threat of the novel coronavirus. Earlier this year, the brewery and airport announced the merger of the two separate air shows, the Hangar 24 AirFest at Redlands Municipal Airport and the SBD Fest at the San Bernardino airport. The brewery cited several issues with hosting its event at the Redlands airport, and said moving to SBIA would allow the popular AirFest to continue to grow. The combined event, renamed SBD AirFest, was scheduled for May 30-31, 2020, at SBIA. In a statement released Tuesday, March 17, the brewery said it learned that the U.S. Air Force has ordered all of its demonstration teams, including the F-35 team scheduled to perform at SBD AirFest, to stand down until May 15 in response to the coronavirus, COVID-19. Due to concerns that order may be extended, Hangar 24 said, it and SBIA decided to suspend this year’s show. “The health and well-being…

Coronavirus closes Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino

Citing concern for the safety of its staff, volunteers and visitors as the novel coronavirus continues to spread in the region, the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino has announced it will be closed beginning Wednesday, March 18. The museum will be closed through April 6, according to a statement released Tuesday. In addition, several events have been canceled. The air show planned for May 2-3 is scheduled to go on, but that may change. The announcement adds to a growing list of event cancellations and postponements as the state, San Bernardino County and local cities call for the suspension of community gatherings and the closure of certain businesses to combat the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19.

Coronavirus cuts: Hundreds of hospitality workers line up at food pantry

A food pantry has been launched for hospitality workers who have been laid off or seen their hours cut at Dodger Stadium, Staples Center, the Irvine Marriott Hotel and other Southern California venues. The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor has partnered with the Miguel Contreras Foundation and Unite Here Local 11 to launch the food bank for Unite Here hospitality workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The pantry has been set up at the Hospitality Training Academy, 130 S. Alvarado St. in Los Angeles. Volunteers began assembling food bags at 7 a.m. Tuesday. The food — provided by the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank — was given out via food trucks from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Officials from the training academy also were on hand to help workers apply for unemployment benefits amid the health crisis. Other Unite Here locals are also providing food job protection and work-related resources. Training sessions are being offered to help displaced employees build additional skills so they can move up the career ladder and obtain higher job classifications and wages when they return to work. But when that…

Coronavirus concerns postpone Cal Baptist spring commencement ceremonies

California Baptist University has announced that its spring commencement ceremonies will be rescheduled for later in the year because of travel and public assembly restrictions related to the novel coronavirus pandemic. University officials said ceremonies originally scheduled on April 28 and 29 are being moved to Aug. 19 and 20, according to a press release. Summer commencement ceremonies scheduled for Aug. 18 will continue as planned. The decision comes amid issuance of strict new guidelines from local, state and federal authorities to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. University leaders decided to delay spring commencement activities just hours after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended canceling or postponing in-person events involving 50 or more people throughout the United States for the next eight weeks, according to the press release. Last weekend, Cal Baptist officials announced that all academic programs are being transitioned to online delivery beginning March 30, at the end of an extended spring break currently in effect. Also, after the Riverside County health director last week ordered the closing of all public and private schools and colleges in the county,…

County orders cancellation of all gatherings; third case confirmed

In an effort to protect the public from further spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, the County’s Acting Health Officer today ordered the cancellation of gatherings of any number of people within the county starting tomorrow through at least April 6. The order also requires, starting tomorrow, the closing of all movie theatres, gyms, health clubs, bars, adult entertainment establishments, and other businesses that serve alcohol but do not serve food. Food and beverage establishments must follow guidance issued by the California Department of Public Health on Monday (http://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR20-024.aspx). The order does not apply to activities “essential to the functioning of our state” including work, public transportation, airport travel, grocery stores, charitable food distribution, certified farmers’ markets, and shopping at stores or malls. The order also does not apply to congregate living situations, including dormitories and homeless encampments. All San Bernardino County public schools have voluntarily closed as part of the effort to stop the spread of the virus, according to the County Superintendent of Schools. “I understand this creates hardships for many families and businesses. But at the end of the day I…

Board of Education votes to shut down Rialto School District, breakfast, lunch provided to students via “Grab & Go” bags

The Rialto Unified School District Board of Education held an emergency meeting on Monday morning, March 16, to consider adopting a resolution that would allow RUSD Superintendent Dr. Cuauhtémoc Avila the authority to close the district to ensure and protect the welfare and safety of the community in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Board members voted unanimously in favor of the motion; non-essential personnel will not be required to report to work and placed on paid leave. Prior to board members going into closed session, Lisa Lindberg, president of Rialto Education Association, and RUSD educator Tobin Brinker expressed concerns about teachers reporting to school sites during the closure. “During this crisis you must also consider your employees and their families, our members have legitimate concerns about their loved ones and personal circumstances,” Lindberg noted. “Just as (RUSD Board Clerk) Mr. Martinez has chosen to self-quarantine himself from this meeting this morning, our members have the exact same concern.” Martinez participated in the meeting remotely. According to statements read by Brinker teachers were concerned about their safety and that of their families for fear of exposure…

Coronavirus concerns cancel some Riverside County bus trips

Transportation officials canceled almost 40 trips on nine bus routes that serve western Riverside County on Tuesday, March 17, another part of the sweeping strategies for confronting the novel coronavirus pandemic. A Riverside Transit Agency bus pulls up at University Avenue and Lemon Street stop in downtown Riverside on Tuesday, March. 17, 2020. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Riverside Transit Agency bus driver Jesse Jackson, 24, waits for passengers at University Avenue and Lemon Street in downtown Riverside on Tuesday, March. 17, 2020. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds Riverside Transit Agency bus driver Lisa Koschewitz, 55, closes the door after she waited for riders at University Avenue and Lemon Street in downtown Riverside on Tuesday, March. 17, 2020. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Passengers prepare to board a Riverside Transit Agency on University Avenue at Lemon Street in downtown Riverside on Tuesday, March. 17, 2020. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) A passenger boards a Riverside Transit Agency bus on University Avenue at Lemon Street in downtown Riverside on Tuesday, March. 17, 2020. (Photo by Watchara…

Coronavirus: Riverside closes bars, breweries; restaurants can be at 50% capacity

All bars, breweries and wineries in Riverside that don’t serve food must close temporarily and restaurants may operate at no more than 50% capacity with 6 feet of separation between patrons, the City Council voted Tuesday, March 17. If a restaurant has a bar, the bar will be closed, but restaurant patrons may order alcoholic beverages until 10 p.m., the motion states. The unanimous vote modifies an order made Monday by city administrators, which told restaurants they had to end dine-in options at 6 a.m. Tuesday and offer only to-go food. A notice is posted outside Yoshinoya restaurant at the University Village in Riverside on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, notifying customers of a disruption in service because of the novel coronavirus. Riverside ordered the temporary closure of dine-in services for restaurants but the City Council later allowed restaurants to operate at no more than 50% capacity with 6 feet of separation between guests. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Manager Yara Perez stacks chairs as she closes out the dinning area of R Burgers in Riverside on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Because of the novel…

Rialto City Council declares local emergency in response to COVID-19

An emergency meeting was held in Rialto on March 12 when Rialto City Council announced a local emergency in response to the coronavirus. Although at the time of the meeting no residents within city limits had contracted the virus, City Council was adamant towards being proactive in protecting constituents in the community and beyond. “Let’s all be very diligent, helpful and observant in this space. This is the time for us to look at each other, be kind and understand that we are all in this together. Do not racial profile or give anyone a sense of not being wanted or belonging,” said Mayor Deborah Robertson. During discussion, council recommended residents utilize air purifiers in their home. “This is an unfortunate local and international issue. We need to take action on these items today. I’m proud that we were able to secure some supplies from the Office of Emergency Services from the County of San Bernardino so our police and fire fighters have proper equipment while they’re out in the field,” said Councilman Andy Carrizales. Some of the action taken in the city is the…

Inland Empire Community Foundation collecting money to help with coronavirus impact

Inland Empire Community Foundation is collecting money to help nonprofits and vulnerable populations impacted by the novel coronavirus. Contributions to the Inland Empire COVID-19 Resilience Fund will be used initially to address the short-term and rapidly changing needs of those affected by the virus, the foundation said. The foundation intends to work with area nonprofits and service providers and others to identify the greatest needs and best resources to help the community in the coming weeks and months. Grants will be made to organizations in Riverside and San Bernardino counties to address food security, childcare, the homeless population and independent workers without a safety net. To share information about critical needs email info@iegives.org. Donations can be made online at www.iegives.org.

Northgate markets open early for seniors and those with disability amid coronavirus buying

Rebecca Garcia, 69, got in line at 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17, so she could shop for rice and pasta at Northgate González Market in La Habra when it opened at 7 a.m. just for those most vulnerable to the spread of the coronavirus. Starting Tuesday, Northgate locations across Southern California are opening an hour early for those with disabilities or who are 65 and older to shop for essentials “without fear or trepidation,” the chain’s co-president, Miguel González, said in a statement. Hundreds of seniors stand in line outside the Northgate Market in La Habra before sunrise on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, before the store opens at 7 a.m. The store opened to people over 65 before letting the rest of the public in to shop due to the coronavirus shopping craze. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG) Shoppers pass by empty bread shelves while shopping at the Northgate Market in La Habra early on Tuesday morning, March 17, 2020, after the store opened at 7 a.m. for seniors over 65 before letting the rest of the public in to shop due…

State student assessment tests and SATs in danger because of coronavirus

California educators are looking to postpone this year’s statewide student assessment tests. The State Board of Education plans to seek a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education and other federal agencies to suspend testing requirements in school districts that are closed due to coronavirus concerns, a spokesman with the California Department of Education said Tuesday. The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress test, scheduled to be given in May, assesses students’ progress and whether they are on track to be college-ready. Students take the test in third through eighth grades and again in high school. Palo Alto Unified in Northern California recently requested that the state suspend the testing in response to coronavirus concerns. But waiving such a test is not usually a quick process. Typically, it requires approval from the individual school board, during a public hearing, followed by approval from the State Board of Education during another public hearing. If approved by the state board, the waiver request then goes to the U.S. Department of Education for final approval. Meanwhile, the College Board, which administers college entrance exams, has canceled an…

Diocese of San Bernardino suspends Masses amid coronavirus concerns

The Diocese of San Bernardino is suspending all Masses in San Bernardino and Riverside counties until further notice amid concerns over the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Bishop Gerald Barnes has decided to suspend all vigils and funeral Masses, diocese spokesman John Andrews said Tuesday, March 17. Graveside services will be allowed, but can only be attended by 10 or fewer people. Weddings must be postponed, if possible. If a wedding cannot be delayed, it can only be attended by 10 or fewer people, Andrews said. The Catholic sacraments of confession and baptism can only be given if a recipient is near death, Andrews said. Barnes’ announcement follows one Friday, March 13, in which he gave “a special dispensation” to Catholics in the diocese from the weekly obligation to attend Mass. Roman Catholic dioceses in Los Angeles and Orange counties have also suspended Masses.

Riverside County schools ordered closed longer — until April 30

Riverside County schools will be ordered to stay shut until April 30, after being required last week to close until April 3. The county’s public health officer, Dr. Cameron Kaiser, made the announcement Tuesday morning, March 17,  as county officials move to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. Kaiser’s original order came Friday, March 13, and applied to all public and private schools, preschools, charter schools and all colleges and universities in Riverside County. Originally, schools would have been free to reopen Monday, April 6. Related Articles Coronavirus: Riverside closes bars, breweries; restaurants now take-out only Coronavirus can live on plastic, steel surfaces for days Here’s how Southern California’s spring garden tours are dealing with coronavirus concerns Coronavirus: Bay Area locks down as seven counties face ‘unprecedented’ shelter-in-place order Trump wants quick checks sent to public in virus response Kaiser made the announcement during a briefing to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. Kaiser will sign the extension order later Tuesday, county spokeswoman Brooke Federico said in a text message. Kaiser’s extension of the schools closure came the same day it was announced that a…

Third coronavirus death confirmed in Riverside County

A third novel coronavirus patient in Riverside County has died from the virus, county Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser said Tuesday morning, March 17. Like the county’s other two COVID-19 fatalities, the third patient who died is from the Coachella Valley, according to county spokeswoman Brooke Federico. At least 15 county residents have been confirmed to have the coronavirus. Two are cruise ship passengers who were hospitalized in Northern California; the rest of the cases are in the Coachella Valley. Kaiser made the announcement in a briefing to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. Riverside County’s first two deaths were announced Monday, March 16. This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

Coronavirus: Riverside closes bars, breweries; restaurants now take-out only

All bars, breweries and wineries in Riverside were ordered to temporarily close and restaurants now must offer take-out meals only, effective at 6 a.m. Tuesday, March 17. The city’s order came Monday and is set to be ratified by the City Council when it meets Tuesday at 1 p.m. It will last for 60 days unless the council votes to end it early or extend it. The regulations, designed to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, came shortly after the county health department on Tuesday prohibited any public gatherings of more than 10 people, with only a few exemptions. Restaurants and cafes must be closed for in-restaurant seated dining, and should be open only to drive-through or other pick-up/delivery options, the city’s regulation states. City buildings including City Hall, libraries, senior centers and community centers in Riverside were closed to the public last week. “Containment of the virus is critical to our medical system being able to respond appropriately to an outbreak, and these steps will help with that,” Mayor Rusty Bailey said. “This is the next evolution of our efforts to keep Riversiders…

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