A new set of social distancing guidelines was announced by Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health stating that you can have your small social gatherings (of up to three households gathering in an outdoor location while social distancing), but be mindful of...singing.
Singing, chanting, and other physical exertion greatly increases the risk of transmitting COVID-19 since your little spit droplets are more likely to fly through the air at your friends if you're all joyously singing together.
These are, of course, recommendations, and not rules (the government cannot legally arrest you for belting out show tunes on your friend's patio), and if you do choose to sing, the governor's office has some musical safety tips.
These new suggestions extend to musical instruments, as well — musicians playing together must be from three households only and maintain six feet of distance between one another.
And sorry, wind instrument fans. Those are specifically discouraged since they involve using your mouth — so you might have to put off dusting off your clarinet and unleashing your inner Squidward for now.
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In a statement, Markle says the book started off as a poem she wrote for her husband about a month after their son was born, and it tells the story of a father and son's relationship as seen by the mother with the help of beautiful watercolor illustrations made by Christian Robinson.
"That poem became this story. Christian layered in beautiful and ethereal watercolor illustrations that capture the warmth, joy, and comfort of the relationship between fathers and sons from all walks of life; this representation was particularly important to me, and Christian and I worked closely to depict this special bond through an inclusive lens," said Markle, "My hope is that The Bench resonates with every family, no matter the makeup, as much as it does with mine."
"We can't leave anybody behind. We will all benefit, we will all be safer, when everyone, everywhere has equal access to the vaccine," the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said in a release, "We must pursue equitable vaccine distribution, and in that, restore faith in our common humanity. This mission couldn't be more critical or important."
President Joe Biden, along with First Lady Dr. Jill Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, will also be making an appearance at the star-studded show where they will be aiming to increase public confidence in vaccines through the White House's "We Can Do This" initiative.
The virtual show, which will be hosted by Selena Gomez and also feature musical performances by Jennifer Lopez, the Foo Fighters, Eddie Vedder, J Balvin, and H.E.R., will be streamed Saturday, May 8, at 8 p.m. ET on Global Citizen's official Youtube channel.
It probably comes as no surprise to hear that not too many people tuned into the 93rd Academy Awards on Sunday night, as most of the movies nominated didn't exactly draw a theater crowd due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
But ratings weren't just low, they were the lowest in the ceremony's history, as viewership dropped below 10 million for the first time ever according to Deadline.
Just 9.85 million film fanatics tuned in to watch the award show, which is a steep 58% drop from the 2020 Academy Awards.
The COVID-19 pandemic is an easy target to blame for the low ratings, as many of last year's most anticipated films, including Black Widow and A Quiet Place Part 2, were delayed until 2021 amidst movie theater closures across the country.
The Oscars wasn't the only award show seeing record low numbers this year, as Billboard reports the 2021 Grammys ceremony saw all-time low viewership as well, with just 9.23 million people tuning in to see Taylor Swift win her 11th Grammy award.