States Implement Strict New Rules to Stop COVID
Over the last month, the number of COVID-19 infections have continued to multiply across the country, reaching a record 100,000+ cases in a single day, as health experts— including Dr. Anthony Fauci—warned. As states are breaking their own records, many experiencing the highest number of daily infections, even compared to their peak in the late spring, local and state governments are cracking down and issuing and reissuing mandates. Read on to see what certain states are implementing, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
According to CNN, masks are now mandated in 33 states, meaning that people legally have to wear a protective facial covering while inside a public place. Due to a surge of infections, hospitalizations, and deaths, residents in Michigan now need to mask up during any social gathering of two or more people—including stores, offices and schools—per the health department. In Miami-Dade County masks are a must when in public, when social distancing is not possible, or there is not a barrier.
In order to curb new infections, cities—including El Paso County, Texas, Miami-Dade County, and Pueblo, Colorado—now have nightly curfews. "What we are facing in Pueblo is a public health disaster, which threatens lives and our economy," Mayor Nicholas Gradisar, who announced a two-week curfew, stated. In El Paso, where hospitals and ICUS are at capacity, a two week curfew is also in place.
Restaurants Are Contact Tracing
In some states, restaurants are responsible for keeping track of customers' information.
For example, in Michigan anyone who visits a bar or restaurant is required to leave their phone number, and at least one person per party must provide contact information in New York.
Capacity Capped at Stores and Places of Worship
A few states have issued mandates on crowd sizes in both indoor and outdoor situations. In Connecticut indoor dining is now capped at 50% in restaurants, as are religious ceremonies (which are also capped at 100 people). Indoor event spaces can accommodate 25 people while outdoor, 50, and theaters, 100.
Indoor Dining Banned
In Illinois, where the test positivity rate surged, indoor dining at restaurants and bars is banned completely. Also, meetings, gatherings, and other social events are capped at 25 or 15% capacity.
How to Avoid COVID-19 in Your State
As for yourself, no matter where you live, 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, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.