LOS ANGELES – California, the first state to impose far-reaching lockdowns due to coronovirus, announced its toughest new measures since the early days of the epidemic in an effort to keep up with cases from heavy hospitals.
Gov. Gavin Newsome said the new orders would have an impact during the regional stay as intensive medical care centers would be filled. Outdoor food is likely to be closed to millions of people in Southern and Central California, playgrounds closed and hair salons closed within days if the intensive care capacity available in their areas falls below 15 percent.
The new ban would last at least three weeks, strictly limiting store capacity and serving restaurants only for takeout or delivery. The governor also said that people should temporarily stop all non-potential travel.
“If we don’t act now our hospital system will be overwhelmed,” Mr. Newsom said. “If we don’t take action now then we will see our mortality climb.”
The state’s new orders feel as exhilarating as spring, when spiraling deaths force leaders in California, New York and elsewhere to ask them to stay indoors. Only now the situation is worse. More than 2,750 Americans died of coronovirus on Thursday, and another 100,000 were in hospitals. The meaning of the case kept touching.
In anticipation of a deadly holiday season, John John Carney of DeWaw issued a domestic advisory on Thursday, asking people not to gather indoors with anyone outside their home. In Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently ordered a three-week shutdown that closes casinos and movie theaters and suspended in-person high school and college classes. Cities from Oregon, Washington State, Minnesota and Los Angeles to Philadelphia have also re-enacted the restrictions.
In an interview with CNN on Thursday, President-Elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. said that on his first day as president, he would ask Americans to wear masks for 100 days. “Mask for just 100 days, not forever. One hundred days. And I think we will see a significant decrease. He also said that he has given the country’s top infectious disease specialist, Dr. Had asked Anthony S. Fauci to play a central role in his administration to help combat the virus.
But for now, states are leading the way on enforcement, and many of their measures are about exceptions and pages of fine print, as well as uncertainties about how aggressively they will apply. Many people get tired after nine months of shifting rules on whether they can go to school, eat indoors or outdoors, take their children to the playground or inside a big box shop Can step on.
As he reiterated earlier this year, Mr. Newsom insisted that California withdraw money from counties that refused to enforce the new stay home order. “We didn’t want to be punished but we wanted to stand firm,” he said. However, this approach has drawn criticisms in the past, as it complied piece-by-piece with restrictions.
By many measures, the situation in California is even more dire than in March, when Mr. News and other state leaders order residents to stay home, inside the state’s Emergency Operations Center in Sacramento, unscathed. Appeared There are now 1.2 million virus cases and 19,468 deaths reported in California, and on Thursday, Mr. Newsom severely obstructed via remote video.
California cases are seeing its fastest growth as the epidemic gained momentum even as its coronovirus prevention measures became more stringent; Some initial measures, such as wearing masks, were voluntary.
If hospitalization rates continue to rise, California’s 40 million residents may all be under a new order to stay indoors over Christmas.
State leaders have called their new orders “dial-back” or “freeze”, and have set deadlines on new restrictions in hopes of a more steep curve until a vaccine becomes widely available.
But there have been new waves of pushback.
Restaurants and some cities within Los Angeles County revolted against new restrictions on outside food, saying the rules would go out of business and not be included in scientific figures. Pasadena decided to continue Allow limited outdoor dining And the Beverly Hills City Council unanimously passed a resolution Demand that the county repeal the restrictions.
In Michigan, a Republican legislator then called for the impeachment of Governor Whitmer, a Democrat. Announced the latest round of sanctions there. Four Republican MLAs in Ohio Filed articles of impeachment This week, against his Republican governor, Mike DeWine, he entered the border.
Harmeet K, a civil rights advocate and a member of the Republican National Committee. Dhillon said many were unwilling to listen to California state directives because with each wave of the virus, the government warned ahead of time that hospitals would be overwhelmed.
“I worry about a guy who cried-wolf situation,” Ms. Dhillon said. “People are going to say, ‘They said the hospitals would fill in March and they didn’t do that.”
He said Californians have also become cynical about the directive, when many leaders are seen in restaurants, even they do not consider residents to leave.
The question of whether governments should actually implement social removal rules and masked orders has become a formidable, divisive challenge across the country. Some police departments have refused to enforce masked mandates or social distinction rules, and mayors and governors have tried to use the rules as a stick for cooperating businesses and residents.
In early March confronted with a group of cases in a suburb of New York City, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo established a “containment zone” and moved to the National Guard. Shocking at the time, many people noticed the virus, which appeared in very few places at the time.
But the strategy was primarily focused on closing large gathering sites, such as schools and houses of worship, and not to enforce guard limits, but to distribute food to displaced residents. The virus continued to spread elsewhere in the state.
In Colorado, a fierce conservative area on the state’s northern border has sparked a fight to enforce rules between Democratic leaders and Weld County.
Recently mounting cases changed the weld area to red zone on Colorado’s coronovirus alert system, leading to new restrictions on indoor food and other businesses. As state legalists Threatened to cut the relief amount, Weld County commissioners say they will rely on the “personal responsibility” of the people and will not impose any restrictions.
Brandon Bird said his pizza place, Bulldog Pub and Grubb, in the county, got stuck in the middle. They said they continued to allow indoor food under county guidelines until state investigators suspended their liquor license the day before thanksgiving. Mr Bird has since shifted only to takeout, and said he was disappointed by the WhatsApp rules.
“Where is stability?” he said. “Tell me what to do correctly and not a bunch of conflicting information.”
As the reopening of California increased the summer of the virus, some counties openly protested in place containment measures, prompting the governor to establish an enforcement task force before the fourth of July.
During November, the task force fined businesses more than $ 2 million in fines and carried out 4,366 enforcement actions, including 179 citations and three amendments to business licenses. Other verbs were mainly warnings.
In addition, the county has sued churches and schools for violating orders of coronovirus. In August, Fransno County received a preliminary injunction against Emmanuel, a Christian school, in violation of state orders. Both the Los Angeles and Santa Clara counties received court orders against churches for disobeying health orders.
State restrictions restricting attendance at religious services were upheld by a federal judge, but on Thursday the US Supreme Court Gave his verdict And asked him to reconsider in light of his recent decision to end restrictions on houses of worship in New York.
In Las Cruces, NM, the rhythms of daily life revealed how America’s lockdowns often look punitive on paper but lax in practice.
In the midst of a two-week shutdown by the government, Michel Lujan Grisham, Las Cruce was not as stagnant as Mute was. Highways were blocked. Serving food in the restaurant was banned, but a line of cars were deactivated through a drive-through of a Whataburger.
“It’s a challenge,” Mayor Ken Miyagishima said. “If you look at the history of America, they left England because they didn’t really want to tell them what to do. I think it’s in the fiber of the Americans.”
Even government officials are burning in flames for failing to enforce their own rules.
Mr. Newsom and Mayor of san francisco She faced widespread criticism after being spotted at an upscale French laundry restaurant for separate events. The mayor of denver had to Apologize for the flight to mississippi Thank you for being with family.
In Texas, Williamson County’s top elected official, Judge Bill Gravel Jr., had issued several orders that placed the county under “Stay Home Stay Safe” lockdown throughout April. Community gatherings of 10 people or more were prohibited.
But Mr. Gravel was spotted during a bandh at his grandson’s birthday party, Dress up as a firefighter. He was charged with violating the Local Emergency Management Plan, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor last month and was convicted and sentenced according to court documents. His sentence was a fine of $ 1,000.
Jill Cowan Reported from Los Angeles, Jack healy Denver, and from Thomas Fuller From Morga, California. Manny Fernandez Contributed to reporting from Houston, and Lucy Tomkins And Katie Glueck from New York.