These 5 States Are Headed for Another Lockdown
Facing a surge in COVID-19 cases, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine ordered a statewide curfew on Monday, requiring residents to be at home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless they're working or running essential errands. "We're not shutting down, we're slowing down," he tweeted. "We believe this will help reduce COVID-19 spread." He's not alone: Several state officials are considering additional statewide restrictions, such as expanding local curfews, to slow the tide of coronavirus infectious. These are five states that might lock down next. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
During his Monday press briefing, Gov. Gavin Newsom said he was mulling a statewide curfew. "We are also considering, full disclosure, a little bit of a preview, the notion of a curfew," Newsom said. "Whether it's a good idea or bad idea, we are assessing that as well." Newsom said he would be looking at whether curfews in France, Germany and Saudi Arabia helped slow COVID-19 transmission. On Wednesday, Los Angeles County officials warned they may enact a 10 p.m.-to-6 a.m. curfew and three-week stay-at-home order.
In March, when New York City became one of the nation's first COVID-19 hotspots, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a stay-at-home order and required non-essential businesses to close at 8 p.m. Although Cuomo hasn't indicated whether he'd re-establish a statewide curfew for residents this fall, the fact that New York's early, aggressive measures drove down infection rates might cause him to consider it. Last week, the state enacted a 10pm curfew for restaurants, bars and gyms.
Last week, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced a two-week "freeze" that became official on Tuesday, limiting restaurants to take-out only, and closing gyms, museums and movie theaters. Businesses must allow employees to work from home "to the greatest extent possible." Brown has said that tighter restrictions may be necessary if COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the state.
To stem rising COVID-19 cases, four cities in New Jersey — Newark, Orange, East Orange and Irvington — may issue a 24-hour stay-at-home order, News 4 New York reported on Tuesday. Last week, Gov. Phil Murphy issued new restrictions on late-night indoor dining and youth sports. Last month, he didn't rule out a statewide curfew, saying, "I hope we don't have to" but "We've done it before. If we had to, we'd do it again."
Two cities in the state—Pueblo and the capital Denver—have implemented 10 p.m. curfews for residents since the end of last month, requiring them to be in their homes until 5 a.m. State officials fear that a surge in cases could overwhelm hospitals by December. "This new order is really a five-alarm call to action, like an evacuation in the face of a wildfire," said John Douglas, head of the state's Tri-County Health Department. Colorado previously enacted a full statewide lockdown last spring.
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