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Here are eight stories from Mainstreet Daily News this week that will inspire, enlighten and engage you. Enjoy!

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It was a noteworthy news week in Alachua County. From face mask debates and votes, to skate park controversies, to a virtual swearing-in ceremony, it was a week of breaking news... oh and there was a wildfire near Hawthorne on Thursday. Here are 10 stories published by Mainstreet Daily News …

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The City of Newberry and the Alachua County Health Department have partnered to offer a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at the Newberry Fire Station (310 N W 250 Dr, Newberry, FL 32669) on Wednesday, May 27th from 9 am to 12 pm.

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Alachua County has issued Order 2020-25 in response to and cooperation with the Governor’s Executive Order 20-123.Highlights include all businesses the Governor is allowing to operate may have up to 50% occupancy (read below for exceptions), gyms may open, the mandatory masking provision is …

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The City of Gainesville has launched GNVCares about Businesses, a $1.59 million program aimed at expanding local relief and recovery efforts through direct assistance to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The application process for businesses opened today, May 14 at 9 a.m. …

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In a report that cited “strong management, with good policies and practices,” the credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s has awarded Alachua County Public Schools an AA- rating, which means the district’s credit is considered ‘high quality.’

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Paul White, Assistant Superintendent for Operations Alachua County Public Schools, released a statement in response to a petition sent out on May 9th signed by 225 people requesting a special meeting to discuss the land purchase of a 37-acre parcel in Jonesville that was approved by the SBAC…

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The Alachua County Commission has released Emergency Order 2020-23 alternaizing the limited reopening of public pools.Below are the highlights of the order:

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis posted a video on his official Facebook page announcing the opening of hair salons and barber shops in Florida this Monday. In a short announcement, J Henry, owner of J Henry’s Barber Shop in downtown Orlando, and a friend of DeSantis, introduced himself and sai…

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 FAQs on FIRST AMENDMENT TO EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 2020-21.  Below are the newest questions and answers.  To see all FAQs click the following link: https://alachuacounty.us/covid-19/Pages/faqs.aspx

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The Center Square – Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday that Florida will ramp up serological testing next week to see whether people have antibodies that indicate they were infected with the coronavirus and recovered without demonstrating symptoms.

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While Alachua County residents and elected officials debate the use of face masks in scenarios where face-to-face interactions happen and physical distancing is difficult, an airborne virus with no known cure has infected 37,439 Florida residents and killed 1,471.

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On May 2nd, the Alachua County Commission released Alachua County Emergency Order 2020-21 - which itemized the specifics of re-opening businesses in Alachua County.

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FEED GNV, a pilot program launched by the City of Gainesville in partnership with the Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce, has provided more than 1,600 meals to vulnerable residents since its launch on April 13. Currently, 35 city restaurants participate in the program, generating about …

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Five Gainesville Police Department candidates earned the opportunity to become part of the GPD family on April 28th though their, “actions, integrity and attitudes,” Lt. Renee Guyan said as she addressed those candidates at a swearing-in ceremony televised live on the GPD’s Facebook page.

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Alachua County decided on May 1st that it will follow some of the governor’s Phase 1 opening plans exactly as presented in an executive order set to go in effect on May 4th, and to add to others.

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Beginning May 4th, Alachua County Public Schools’ Food and Nutrition Services Department (FNS) will provide free suppers and snacks for children age 0-18 at 29 school sites throughout the district. This is in addition to the free breakfast and lunch meals currently provided at 78 schools, co…

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