With coronavirus cases in the United States soaring, many regions are now experiencing a record increase in the number of new cases and hospitalizations, leading some places to cancel reopenings and cut businesses. Here are the areas that were hit by a second wave of closings:
In Texas, Governor Greg Abbott has ordered statewide bars to be closed, while reducing restaurant capacity to 50% from 75% last month.
In Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis has ordered the closure of state bars.
Bars, gymnasiums, cinemas and water parks have closed in Arizona after an order from Governor Doug Ducey.
In Michigan, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered bars that have reopened for indoor service to return to take out or drink outside. An exception was made for the northern parts of the state and the upper peninsula, which were not as badly affected as places like Detroit.
In Miami-Dade County, the mayor has announced that all restaurants will be closed for dinner again, while gymnasiums, fitness centers, ballrooms, banquet halls, parties and Short term rentals are also expected to close. The Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, one of the largest in the world, also suspends elective surgery.
In Ada County, Idaho, which includes the state capital of Boise, bars and nightclubs were forced to close again on orders from Idaho Central Health District.
Several other states have suspended reopening efforts, but have not reversed what has been reopened. A list including these can be found here.
When the closures are put back in place, the bars are almost always the first to close their doors. Bars are one of the most ripe places for coronavirus transmission, health experts have said, and their openings are blamed for the recent increase in the number of cases, especially in young people. The United States now regularly reports more than 40,000 new cases a day, far more than it did during the first major outbreaks of coronavirus in March and April.
Many of the areas that had to cancel reopenings and manage a new peak in cases were among the quickest to reopen when they were able. And most of these areas also have Republican officials, who were eager to reopen when they received instructions to that effect from the administration of President Donald Trump. States like California, Texas and Florida, the three most populous of the United States, also largely avoided the serious impacts at the time of the preceding wave, which mainly touched densely populated zones of the Northeast as well as cities like New Orleans and Detroit.
In Texas, the mayors of the state’s largest cities are asking Abbott to give them the power to reinstate residence orders. Austin mayor Steve Adler said he would like permission to issue a 35-day stop for the city as a last resort if it cannot control the current surge in coronaviruses. Adler told CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday that intensive care in the capital of Texas could be exceeded in 10 days.
The great decline of the coronavirus: California, the last state to abandon its plans to reopen in the middle of a record peak of coronavirus (Forbes)
Texas local authorities request possible return to home stay orders (Forbes)
Which makes bars and restaurants hot spots Covid-19 (The Wall Street Journal)
Mayor of Austin: intensive care units will be exceeded in 10 days (CNN)