Coronavirus Insanity: Groundhog Day Goes Virtual, a Restaurant Will Make You Take a Test to Eat Inside, and More

Here’s a fresh round-up of coronavirus insanity.


1.  Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania has canceled the annual ceremony for Groundhog Day next year.  They’ll still hold the event, but with no crowd, so you’ll only be able to watch it online.  There’s a Groundhog Day metaphor in here somewhere about how life now feels like the same day repeated over and over.


2.  A restaurant in New York City is going to become the first one in the country to require a coronavirus test to eat there.  And they’ll charge you $50 per person to take that test, but at least you get to eat indoors.


3.  There are still tons of people who are willing to get on a cruise ship right now.  Royal Caribbean has already had 100,000 people volunteer for their offer to take a free cruise to test their coronavirus safety measures.


4.  In Australia, outdoor parties are limited to 30 people, but outdoor weddings can have 150.  So two dudes got married, even though they’re both straight, so they could have more people at their high school graduation party.


5.  According to an employment attorney in Arizona, your job can probably require you to get a coronavirus vaccine when it’s available, and let you go if you say no.


6.  A family has sued Tyson Foods after a worker at one of their plants in Iowa died from coronavirus, and the suit reveals that the supervisors made BETS on how many workers would catch the virus.


7.  The CDC updated its guidelines on Thanksgiving yesterday, and they’re now advising Americans NOT to travel for Thanksgiving.


8.  Here are the updated stats on CONFIRMED coronavirus cases as of last night.

New daily cases in the U.S.:  192,186, with 2,065 new deaths.

Total cases in the U.S.:  12 million, with more than 258,300 deaths, and more than 7.2 million who’ve now recovered.

Total cases worldwide:  57.2 million, with more than 1.3 million deaths, and more than 39.7 million people who’ve beaten the virus globally.