These States Just Issued Lockdown Measures
Tensions are high nationwide and how could they not be? The rising coronavirus cases are a matter of life or death. Some people want to keep the economy open and not "lockdown" while others feel the need to separate Americans from one another as much as possible in order to prevent the spread. Although infectious disease experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci have argued we can practice public health measures while keeping cities running—no lockdown required if we all join in—others see it as a black and white situation. Here are some states forced to consider lockdown measures, along with some pushback they're getting. Read on to see how you can stay safe, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Illinois is Considering a Mandatory Stay-at-Home Order
"Gov. J.B. Pritzker warned another statewide 'mandatory stay-at-home order' becomes more probable," reports the Daily Herald. "The numbers don't lie," Pritzker said Thursday. "If things don't take a turn in the coming days, we will quickly reach the point when some form of a mandatory stay-at-home order is all that will be left….With every fiber of my being I don't want us to get there, but right now that seems like where we are heading."
Indeed, the state's cases have shot up like a rocket. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced a new city advisory, which includes:
- "Stay home unless for essential reasons
- Stop having guests over—including family members you do not live with
- Avoid non-essential travel
- Cancel traditional Thanksgiving plans"
Lightfoot has since come under fire for wanting to "cancel Thanksgiving"—and has been called a hypocrite after a video circulated of her at a celebration for Joe Biden, during which she spoke into a megaphone in the middle of a crowd with her mask pulled down under her chin. "You can see the shot here. Mask compliance in our city is actually up very, very high," Lightfoot told MSNBC Friday, pointing out those around her were masked outdoors. "There are times when we actually do need to have relief and come together, and I felt like that was one of those times. That crowd was gathered whether I was there or not."
North Carolina Is Asking for More "Local Actions," Including Shuttering Bars
Gov. Roy Cooper has reduced indoor gatherings to under 10 people. "The trend of new cases is up considerably in the last month, and we are experiencing a new peak," Dr. Mandy Cohen, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services secretary, said. "Bottom line: We are on shaky ground." "Cohen last week wrote 36 counties asking officials 'to consider additional local actions to improve compliance.' Suggestions included shuttering bars, tightening restrictions on restaurants and gatherings, and fining businesses for not enforcing Gov. Roy Cooper's mask mandate," reports Carolina Coast Online. "With the letter, Cooper pivoted on his approach to lockdowns, encouraging local control for the first time since March." This has angered at least one politician who fought COVID but says the economy should come first. Of Cohen, Johnnie Carswell, chairman of Burke County Board of Commissioners, told the website: "I told her, 'With all respect, ma'am, you've lost your mind.'"
Massachusetts is Asking People to Stay at Home at Night, But Wants to Keep the Economy Open
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has instituted a stay-at-home advisory effective today. "The simple truth is this: too many of us have become complacent in our daily lives," Baker said, speaking at the State House on Monday. "The data points to a clear need to do something about these trends now. If we do nothing … we'll create capacity problems for our health care system by the end of the year," Baker said. From 10 pm to 5 am, people are urged to "only leave home to go to work or school, or for essential needs." Baker insisted this was not a lockdown. "What we should not do is shut down our economy or close our schools to deal with this," he said. "Schools are not spreaders."
Dr. Fauci Says He Hopes Lockdowns Aren't Necessary But It's Up to You to Be Smart
When asked during an appearance on Good Morning America if we were heading toward a national lockdown, Dr. Fauci admitted that wasn't sure. "I don't know," he responded. "We would like to stay away from that because there is no appetite for locking down on the American public, but I believe that we can do it without a lockdown. I really do."
Fauci continued to explain that while he suggests we "double down on" specific health measures, it isn't the same as a full lockdown. "You could still get businesses going. You could still have economic forward thinking while you're doing that. You don't necessarily have to shut everything down," he pointed out. "Hopefully we won't have to do that. If we can do the public health measures, we wouldn't have to do that."
"The best opposite strategy to locking down is to intensify the public health measures short of locking down," he pointed out. "So if you can do that well, you don't have to take that step that people are trying to avoid, which has so many implications, both psychologically and economically. We'd like not to do that."
How to Avoid Dying During the Pandemic
As for yourself, do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place: Wear your face mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, stay outdoors more than indoors, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.