Tag Archives: lockdown

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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Colorado Gov Re-Closes Bars Two Weeks After Opening

The Denver Post reports: Gov. Jared Polis on Tuesday closed Colorado bars for in-person service — after allowing them to reopen at limited capacity on June 19 — due to the increasing spread of the novel coronavirus. The move comes as Colorado has seen COVID-19 cases increase in the past two weeks. Other states experiencing surges in infections have also …

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GOP Governors Backpedal As COVID Crisis Worsens

The Associated Press reports: When Texas began lifting coronavirus restrictions, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott didn’t wear a mask. He wouldn’t let mayors enact extra precautions during one of America’s swiftest efforts to reopen. He pointed out that the White House backed his plan and gave assurances there were safe ways to go out again. Two months later, a sharp reversal …

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GOP NC Lt. Gov To Sue Dem Gov Over COVID Orders

The Raleigh News & Observer reports: North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest announced Thursday that he plans to file a lawsuit against Gov. Roy Cooper. “Today, I notified Governor Cooper that, as a member of the Council of State, I will be suing his administration for violating the Emergency Management Act,” the post said. “The Governor has repeatedly ignored the …

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New York City On Track For Phase 3 Opening July 6th

NBC News York reports: New York’s COVID hospitalizations fell below 1,000 for the first time since mid-March, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday, a day after he and the governors of New Jersey and Connecticut implemented a mandatory 14-day quarantine order for people traveling to the tri-state area from viral U.S. hotspots. At the same time, the former epicenter of the …

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DOJ Backs Challenge To Hawaii’s Quarantine On Visitors

The Associated Press reports: A quarantine imposed on travelers arriving to Hawaii discriminates against out-of-state residents, the U.S. Department of Justice said in support of a lawsuit challenging the mandate meant to protect the islands against the spread of the coronavirus. “This case raises issues of national public importance regarding the interplay between the government’s compelling interest in protecting the …

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NYC Enters Phase 2 Tomorrow, Here’s What Reopens

Gothamist has a guide to the Phase 2 reopening: Outdoor dining will be allowed (here’s the plan to make that happen safely, but opening streets for tables may not be fully in play until July) In-Store retail (this does not apply to malls, which will remain closed) Salons and barbershops Real estate services Car dealerships Commercial building management Offices (though …

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Cuomo Order Allows Instant Loss Of Liquor Licenses

Albany’s ABC News affiliate reports: Bars and restaurants found to be in violation of New York’s reopening parameters could risk immediate loss of their liquor license. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced two executive orders today. The first would allow for liquor licenses to be immediately revoked from businesses in the event of violating reopening guidelines. The second would make these businesses …

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New York City To Enter Phase Two Opening On Monday

The New York Post reports: New York City will come even more back to life on Monday as it crosses into Phase Two of reopening from its coronavirus-triggered shutdown. Under Phase Two of the state’s four-phase reopening plan, restaurants and bars can open for outdoor dining — and office spaces, real estate services, in-store retail, barbershops and hair salons, car …

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Sheriff Who Refused To Enforce Lockdown Has COVID

The Phoenix New Times reports: A Republican sheriff in Arizona who said he would not enforce the state’s emergency coronavirus orders has come down with COVID-19. Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb announced on Facebook on Wednesday that he had tested positive, likely from attending a campaign event on Saturday. He says he found out when he was called on Tuesday …

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Model Forecasts 200,000 US COVID Deaths By October

CNN reports: The United States could see more than 200,000 deaths from Covid-19 by October 1, a closely watched model predicted late Monday as states continue to reopen. More than 2 million have been infected by the virus and 116,125 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Though many states are seeing improved conditions, the pandemic has not …

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