Arizona abruptly reversed the path of reopening its economy as coronavirus cases soar across the country.
The state governor has ordered the closure of bars, nightclubs, gymnasiums, cinemas and water parks.
Florida and Texas have also turned around on easing restrictions as the entire US solar belt region becomes a new viral epicenter.
At least 16 states in the United States have suspended or canceled their reopenings as their number of infections soars.
Some jurisdictions are closing for the looming Independence Day weekend when crowded beaches and bars could fuel further epidemics.
Governor Doug Ducey’s directive – which will apply until at least July 27 – also prohibits rallies of more than 50 people in Arizona.
The order came a day after the state set a one-day record for new cases of 3,858 coronaviruses.
“We expect our numbers to be worse next week,” said Governor Ducey, a Republican, at a press briefing.
“We will not return to normal anytime soon. ”
Home stay orders in Arizona were lifted in mid-May according to criteria set by the White House, allowing businesses to reopen.
What measures are being taken elsewhere?
Republican governors of Texas and Florida curtailed the reopening last Friday when they closed down bars and imposed other restrictions as their number of virus cases reached record levels.
On Monday, Kansas and Oregon joined a growing number of states that require everyone to wear masks in public.
New Jersey announced on Monday that it would postpone restarting meals indoors because people flouted social distancing guidelines and wore no masks.
The city of Jacksonville, Florida, where President Donald Trump avoiding the masks plans to accept the Republican nomination in August, announced Monday that face covers were to be worn indoors.
Los Angeles County – the most populous county in California, which recently saw a major spike in virus cases – banned all fireworks for the weekend of July 4 and said it would close the beaches.
Meanwhile, New York – formerly the US epicenter of the virus – announced its lowest number of hospitalizations and deaths since the start of the pandemic.
“You remember at a time when we had 800 dead a day,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. “Today we have eight. “