Tag Archives: lockdown

Lebanon Begins Lockdown After Cases Surge Post-Blast

The Washington Post reports: Lebanon started a two-week lockdown Friday as coronavirus cases continue to surge in the aftermath of the devastating Aug. 4 explosion in the capital of Beirut that killed more than 170 people and displaced hundreds of thousands of others. At least 11,000 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Lebanon this year, with around half confirmed since …

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Birx Wishes US Lockdown Had Looked Like Italy’s

CNN reports: Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, said Monday that she wished the US shutdown had looked like Italy’s, which was under a total lockdown. “I wish that when we went into lockdown, we looked like Italy. When Italy locked down, I mean, people weren’t allowed out of their houses,” she said. “Americans don’t react …

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1500 Gym Owners Sue New York State Over Lockdown

Gothamist reports: A group of over 1,500 gym owners from across the state, including at least 500 located in New York City, have filed a class action lawsuit against Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York state, and the state attorney general in an attempt to force the state to allow them to reopen. The businesses involved in the suit include CrossFit, …

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Poll: 79% Oppose Exempting Churches From Lockdown

The Christian Post reports: Most Americans oppose giving houses of worship religious exemptions from COVID-19 lockdown regulations, according to a new survey by Pew Research Center. In findings released Friday, Pew found that 79% of respondents said religious institutions should be subject to the same social distancing guidelines as secular businesses and entities. Respondents who identified as evangelical Protestant were …

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NYC To Set Up Quarantine Checkpoints At City Borders

The New York Daily News reports: Mayor de Blasio announced NYC will set up checkpoints for the bridge-and-tunnel crowd to comply with the state’s mandatory 14-day coronavirus quarantine rule for those arriving from COVID-19 hotspots. “They (visitors) will be reminded that it is required not optional,” de Blasio said. “This is serious stuff. If we’re going to hold at this …

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Investors Rush To Online Car Sellers Due To Lockdown

Reuters reports: After years of being part of a future that never quite arrived, the coronavirus pandemic has put U.S. online car sellers on the map. Investors are buying in. Vroom’s shares are now trading at more than double their $22 launch price on June 8. Carvana’s market value is near that of No. 2 U.S. automaker Ford Motor Co. …

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Johnson Puts “Brakes” On Reopening Amid New Spike

The BBC reports: The further easing of coronavirus restrictions in England – due to come in this weekend – has been postponed for at least two weeks, amid concerns over an increase in coronavirus cases. Casinos and bowling alleys will remain shut, with Boris Johnson saying it was time to “squeeze the brake pedal”. Wedding receptions of up to 30 …

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Michigan Gov Stiffens Lockdown, Closes Bars Statewide

Click On Detroit reports: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-160, amending Michigan’s Safe Start Order and issuing revised workplace safeguards amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Starting on July 31, statewide indoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people and bars will be closed for indoor service across the state. “As we see COVID-19 cases continue to rise, Michiganders …

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NJ Gym Owners Arrested After Defying Lockdown

The New York Post reports: Two New Jersey gyms owners who have repeatedly reopened in defiance of the state’s coronavirus lockdown have been arrested, police said Monday. Atilis Gym owners in Bellmawr— Ian Smith, 33, of Delanco Township, and Frank Trumbetti, 51, of Williamstown — were charged with contempt and violation of a disaster control act, according to the Camden …

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NY Bars, Restaurants Hit With Another 105 Violations

New York City’s ABC News affiliate reports: Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday that investigators issued 105 violations of COVID-19 restrictions at bars and restaurants in downstate New York this weekend. The counties where violations were uncovered included Manhattan, Nassau, Suffolk, Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens, the governor said in a Sunday morning conference call with the press. “This weekend in every …

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Court Rules NJ Gov Has Authority To Close Defiant Gym

The New York Post reports: New Jersey can flex its muscle over a gym that has repeatedly defied the state’s coronavirus orders, a judge ruled Friday. Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration has the authority to close the business, the Atilis Gym in Bellmawr, after it openly flouted the governor’s executive order that they remain shuttered during the pandemic. Ian Smith, one …

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Cuomo Continues To Mow Down Bars For Violations

Gothamist reports: For the last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo has been shaking his fist at restaurants and bars that continue to break the state’s COVID-19 guidelines, particularly after videos went viral last weekend showing people partying on Steinway Street in Astoria. Earlier this week, four businesses in the NYC area have had their liquor licenses suspended. And today, Cuomo announced …

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Four NYC Bars Lose Licenses Over Lockdown Violations

Gothamist reports: On a call with reporters on Tuesday afternoon, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that four establishments in the New York City region have had their liquor licenses suspended so far due to violations of the state’s COVID-19 guidelines. That includes a lounge in Astoria where large crowds have been seen gathering outside, as well as a strip club. The …

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CA Gov Closes Bars, Restaurants, Gyms, Churches

CNBC reports: California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered Monday all counties in the state to close indoor operations for a handful of businesses, including restaurants, bars, movie theaters and museums, as Covid-19 cases continue to climb. The order comes after Newsom previously ordered these businesses to close in counties on the state’s “watch list.” The new order, which will now apply …

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Louisiana Gov Closes Bars, Issues Statewide Mask Rule

The Baton Rouge Advocate reports: Amid spiraling coronavirus infections and steadily-increasing hospitalizations, Gov. John Bel Edwards late on Saturday said he is issuing a statewide mask mandate and closing bars, making Louisiana the latest Southern state to ratchet restrictions back up after months of reopening. Starting Monday, people will be required to wear masks when entering establishments or outdoors if …

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Fauci: States Should Consider “Shutting Down” Again

The Washington Post reports: Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease official, is advising that some states seriously consider “shutting down” again if they are facing major resurgences of the virus — a warning that conflicts with President Trump’s push to reopen the country as quickly as possible. “I think any state that is having a serious problem, that state …

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STUDY: Lockdowns Saved Up To 370,000 US Lives

Axios reports: As many as 250,000 to 370,000 deaths may have been averted between March and May 15 as a result of the statewide stay-at-home orders enacted to mitigate spread of the coronavirus, a study published Thursday in Health Affairs projects. Lockdown restrictions have largely been lifted, but the coronavirus pandemic keeps getting worse all across the country. New modeling …

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Anthony Fauci Blames Surge On Premature Reopenings

USA Today reports: Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Monday that the United States’ handle on the coronavirus outbreak is “really not good” and that action is needed to curb the spread. In an interview via Facebook Live, the nation’s top infectious disease expert said, “We are still knee-deep in the first …

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Fauci Blames Surge On Haphazard Lockdowns By States

The BBC reports: In remarks to BBC Radio’s “Today” on Thursday, Fauci compared the U.S. and Europe’s attempts to halt the spread of Covid-19. He noted that the U.S. has seen a number of “disturbing spikes” recently, which he connected to efforts throughout the country to start reopening. Fauci remarked that multiple countries in Europe went into a state of …

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De Blasio Puts NYC Indoor Dining On Hold Indefinitely

The New York Daily News reports: Phase 3 is scheduled for NYC next Monday but Mayor de Blasio put the city’s reboot of indoor dining on hold indefinitely Wednesday, citing nationwide coronavirus surges and the heightened dangers of the indoor spread of the disease. “Indoors is the problem more and more. The science is showing it more and more,” de …

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