5 things you need to know this week

Amid days to recognize some very important people, more states are allowing businesses to reopen this week.


Amid days to recognize some very important people, more states are allowing businesses to reopen this week.

Here are some of the top things you need to know.

Mother’s Day

You probably celebrate her all year long, but your mom still does get an official date on the calendar in her honor: Mother's Day, which is this Sunday. Given social distancing practices still in place in many parts of the country, though, it’ll probably be unlike any previous one. For those who still have their mothers with us, don't let the day pass without letting her know how much she means to you.

Fauci to testify

Dr. Anthony Fauci, a key member of the administration's coronavirus task force, is slated to testify in front of the Republican-led Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee at its Tuesday 10 a.m. hearing, “COVID-19: Safely Getting Back to Work and Back to School.”

Primary amid pandemic

Officials in Nebraska are forging ahead with plans for the state’s May 12 primary despite calls from Democrats to only offer voting by mail and concerns from public health officials that in-person voting will help the coronavirus spread.

Top Republican officials in the GOP-dominated state have repeatedly urged voters to cast early, absentee ballots, but they argue that voters must have the option of voting in-person.

West Virginia was slated to have its primary election Tuesday, but Gov. Jim Justice moved that to June 9.

States’ stay-at-home orders phasing out

Restrictions on movement are slated to end this week for several states.

And more types of business are being allowed to reopen.

One such state is Kentucky, which begins its phased reopening of its economy on Monday with manufacturing, construction, professional services, fan-less horse racing and more.

Armed Forces Day

Saturday is Armed Forces Day, a holiday to honor all branches of the armed forces.

President Harry S. Truman led the first instance in 1950.

The previous year, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force holidays.

The Associated Press and CNN contributed to this report.