States are reopening across America, Tropical Storm Arthur sets its sights on North Carolina and more news you need to know Monday.

It’s a massive reopening day all across America
Auto plants in Michigan. Restaurants in Maine. Malls in Minnesota. Gyms in South Carolina. Monday is a big day for reopening in America. State and localities are easing stay-at-home restrictions across the country but encouraging social distancing and face masks by residents. Meanwhile, the number of Americans who say they are social distancing has dropped since late March, according to a Gallup poll released last week. But the drop isn’t just from individuals who live in states where they can now dine in restaurants, get haircuts at barbershops or visit parks. More people in states that still have stay-at-home restrictions are also no longer social distancing. 
Social distancing matters. Here is how to do it and how it can help curb the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tropical Storm Arthur sets its sights on North Carolina coast
The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is two weeks away, but that hasn’t stopped an early-bird system from menacing the North Carolina. Tropical Storm Arthur, which formed off Florida on Saturday, was expected to strengthen and whip the Outer Banks with rain and gusty winds overnight into Monday, the National Weather Service said. Eastern portions of the state should brace for localized flooding and hazardous marine conditions, forecasters said. A tropical storm warning was issued for portions of the Outer Banks from Surf City to Duck, according to the National Hurricane Center. Arthur was expected to intensify as it moved northeastward away from the East Coast early this week.
Florida is making plans to deal with sheltering and evacuations if COVID-19 lingers into the upcoming hurricane season.
Italy eases lockdown ahead of border reopening
Italy, which has maintained Europe’s longest and strictest coronavirus lockdown, on Monday will reopen bars, restaurants, shops, hairdressers and beauticians. Businesses must enforce cleaning standards and social distancing restrictions, Reuters reported. The Italian government made the announcement Saturday, adding that on June 3 it will open its borders, eliminating a 14-day quarantine for anyone arriving from abroad. The moves are designed to revive Italy’s decimated tourist industry, which is worth 13% of its gross domestic product. Italy has suffered more than 31,000 coronavirus deaths, behind only the U.S. and the U.K.
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The World Health Organization will hold its convention online for first time
The 73rd World Health Assembly, where leaders worldwide usually convene in Geneva to discuss health topics, will take place online Monday. It will focus on the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 315,000 people and infected over 4.7 million across the globe. Among the key issues will be the potential development of a vaccine and how to distribute it across the world. The WHO’s 194 member states generally meet every year to discuss the organization’s policies and budget, and to appoint the director-general. In April, President Donald Trump halted funding to the WHO after criticizing its handling of the pandemic. The Wall Street Journal reported that Trump is considering to cut off funding again after plans to restore its funds.
The World Health Organization talks about vaccine to battle COVID-19 and US claims that the virus began in a laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan. (May 4)
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‘The Last Dance’: Join The After Party
The Last Dance, the incredible 10-part documentary series on Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls 1990s dynasty, concluded Sunday night, but people are going to be talking about this series for a long time starting Monday on USA TODAY Sports Twitter page and YouTube channel! Our Mackenzie Salmon will be joined on The After Party (starting at noon E.T.) by former Bulls guard BJ Armstrong to recap the final two episodes and reflect on the captivating series.
USA TODAY Sports’ Mackenzie Salmon talks to former Chicago Bull B.J. Armstrong about how Michael Jordan Jordan found motivation to be great.
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