Arizona and Florida are closing bars ahead of the Fourth of July weekend, Texas is rolling back its reopening, and California has shuttered nightlife as coronavirus cases in the states climb steeply.
Many states have seen surges in COVID-19 cases after reopening, leading state and city officials to reimpose restrictions or delay next steps.
Here are the 15 states and cities that have slowed or backtracked their reopenings so far.
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As the US opens back up, the coronavirus is taking advantage of the new opportunities to spread.
As of Monday, at least 32 states are seeing increases in daily coronavirus cases. The inclines are particularly steep in a number of Southern states, including Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Texas. Many are reporting more cases than they’ve ever seen on a daily basis.
“This is a continuation of the first wave,” Dr. Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security, told Business Insider. “Some places that might have been relatively spared early on in the winter and the spring are now facing cases higher than they had before.”
As a result, many states and cities are dialing back their reopening efforts, reverting to earlier phases or postponing next steps.
Here are the places that are slowing down or walking back their reopening plans.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey just ordered bars, gyms, movie theaters, water parks, and tubing businesses to close again. It was the latest in a series of leaders’ decisions to delay or reverse lockdown lifts.
Ducey’s executive order, released on Monday, is set to last through at least July 27. The order cited an “exponential pace” of the virus’s spread, especially among people ages 20 to 44.
“There has not been sufficient time for mask mandates and limiting groups …read more
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