Los Angeles – California, the first state to introduce high-profile shortages due to the coronavirus, announced on Thursday more stringent new measures from the earliest days of the pandemic to keep cases of overcrowded hospitals afloat.
Governor Gavin Newsom said a new round of regional home-stay orders is coming to fruition with the filling of intensive beds. Millions of people in southern and central California are likely to see outdoor dining, playgrounds, and hairdressers within days if the intensive care capacity available in their area drops below the 15 percent threshold.
The new restrictions are valid for at least three weeks, severely limit store capacity, and allow restaurants to provide only delivery or delivery. The governor also said people should temporarily call up all irrelevant trips.
“If we don’t act now, our hospital system will be overwhelmed,” Mr. Newsom said. “If we don’t act now, our mortality rates will continue to rise.”
The state’s new orders feel haunting like spring, when spiraling deaths forced leaders in California, New York and elsewhere to start rejecting people to stay home. Only now is the situation even worse. More than 2,750 Americans died on Thursday from the coronavirus, and another 100,000 were in hospitals. The number of cases continues to skyrocket.
In view of the deadly holiday season, Delaware Governor John Carney issued a home counseling on Thursday asking people not to gather inside their household. In Michigan, Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently ordered a three-week shutdown that closed casinos and movie theaters and suspended personal high school and college classes. Oregon, Washington state, Minnesota and cities from Los Angeles to Philadelphia have also re-ordered restrictions.
Joseph R. Biden Jr., the president-elect, told CNN in an interview on Thursday that on his first day as president, he is asking Americans to wear a mask for 100 days. “Masking is only 100 days, not forever. One hundred days. And I think we’ll see a significant decline, ”he said. He also said he had asked Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the country’s chief infectious disease expert, to play a central role in his administration to help fight the virus.
But for now, states are leading the way in enforcement, and many of their actions involve pages of exceptions and fine print, as well as uncertainties about how aggressively they will be enforced. Many were tired after changing the rules for nine months about whether they could go to school, eat indoors or outdoors, take their children to the playground, or enter a large box store.
As several times earlier this year, Mr. Newsom stressed that California is withholding funding from counties that are unwilling to adhere to the new stay-at-home order. “We didn’t want to punish, but we wanted to be firm,” he said. However, this approach has been criticized in the past as it has resulted in partial compliance with the restrictions.
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With a number of measures, the situation in California is more unfortunate than in March, when Mr. Newsom and other state leaders showed up undisguised at the state’s Sacramento Emergency Operations Center to keep residents at home. In California, 1.2 million viral cases and 19,468 deaths have now been registered, and on Thursday, Mr. Newsom delivered a grim conspiracy via remote video footage.
California is growing the fastest since the pandemic occurred, even as its coronavirus prevention measures became more stringent; some early measures, such as wearing a mask, were voluntary.
If the rate of hospital care continues to rise, all 40 million residents in California could be ordered a new home for Christmas.
State leaders called the new orders a new recall or “freeze,” and set deadlines for the new restrictions in the hope that another steep curve would flatten until the vaccine became widely available.
But new rebound waves occurred.
Restaurants and some cities in Los Angeles County have revolted against the new ban on outdoor dining, saying the rules are stifling business and not relying on scientific data. Pasadena decided to continue to allow restricted outdoor meals, and Beverly Hills City Council unanimously passed a resolution demanding that the county lift the restrictions.
In Michigan, a Republican lawmaker has called for Democratic Governor Whitmer to be held accountable after announcing the latest round of restrictions there. Four Ohio Republican lawmakers filed a lawsuit this week against Republican governor Mike DeWine over the limits he imposed.
Harmeet K. Dhillon, a civil rights attorney and member of the Republican National Committee, said many Californians are no longer willing to listen to state guidelines because with every wave of the virus, the government has warned ahead of time of overcrowding hospitals.
“What worries me is the boy-wolf-wolf situation,” Ms. Dhillon said. “People will say, ‘He said hospitals will be full in March, and no.’ “
Californians, he said, became cynical about the guidelines when they spotted a number of leaders in restaurants, even when asking residents not to leave.
The question of whether governments really need to enforce social exclusion rules and cover up orders is a worrying, divisive challenge across the country. Some police have refused to enforce masked mandates or rules of social isolation, and mayors and governors have tried to use these rules as a stick for businesses and residents to work together.
Faced with a case group in a New York suburb in early March, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo created an “isolation zone” and moved into the National Guard. The then shocking approach shook many to pay attention to the virus, which appeared in very few places at that moment.
But the strategy focused primarily on closing large gathering places such as schools and houses of worship, and the Guard was not about enforcing borders, but rather distributing food to quarantined residents. The virus has spread to other parts of the state.
In Colorado, there was a battle to enforce the rules between democratic leaders and a consistently conservative area on the northern border of the state, Weld County.
Surgical cases recently pushed Weld County into the red zone in Colorado’s coronavirus alert system, triggering new restrictions on indoor dining and other businesses. As state lawmakers threatened to deduct relief money, Weld County commissioners continued to be defiant, saying they relied on people’s “individual responsibility” and did not impose any restrictions.
Brandon Bird said his county pizza place, Bulldog Pub and Grub, is stuck in the middle. He said he continued to allow indoor meals under county guidelines until state investigators suspended his spirits license the day before Thanksgiving. Mr. Bird has since only switched to picking up and said he was disappointed with the jigsaw rules.
– Where is the consistency? he said. “Tell me what to do right, and there’s not much conflicting information.”
As the reopening of California led to a summer recovery of the virus, some counties openly opposed the introduction of preventive measures, prompting the governor to set up an enforcement task force just before the fourth of July.
By November, the task force had imposed fines of more than $ 2 million on businesses and implemented 4,366 enforcement actions, including 179 referrals and the revocation of three business licenses. The other actions were mostly warnings.
In addition, counties have sued churches and schools for violating coronavirus orders. Fresno County received a preliminary injunction against a Christian school, Immanuel, for returning to personal classes in August in violation of state orders. Both Los Angeles and Santa Clara counties have received court orders against churches for violating health orders.
State restrictions restricting participation in religious ceremonies were upheld by a federal judge, but on Thursday the U.S. Supreme Court acquitted him and asked him to review them in light of his recent decision to lift restrictions on houses of worship in New York.
In Las Cruces, USA, the rhythm of everyday life has revealed that America’s closures often seem punitive on paper, but are looser in practice.
In the midst of a two-week shutdown ordered by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, Las Cruces stood not so much in pause as in silence. The highways are stuck. Restaurants were banned from on-site catering, but a line of cars passed idling through the Whataburger.
“It’s a challenge,” Mayor Ken Miyagishima said. “If we look at America’s history, they left England because they didn’t really want to be told what to do. I think this is American fiber. “
Even government officials are threatened by fire because they do not enforce their own rules.
Mr. Newsom and the mayor of San Francisco faced widespread criticism after being spotted at special events in the upscale French laundry restaurant. The mayor of Denver had to apologize for flying to Mississippi to spend Thanksgiving with the family.
In Texas, Williamson County, the highest-elected official, Judge Bill Gravell Jr., issued a series of orders that locked the county “Stay Home Stay Safe” in April. Community gatherings of 10 or more people were banned.
But Mr. Gravell was spotted at his grandson’s birthday party during the shutdown, dressed as a firefighter. He was charged with violating the local disaster recovery plan, pleaded guilty last month, and was convicted and convicted according to court records. He was fined $ 1,000.
Jill Cowan It was reported from Los Angeles Jack Healy From Denver, and Thomas Fuller From Moraga, California. Manny Fernandez contributed to Houston ‘s accounts, and Lucy Tompkins and Katie Glueck From New York.