Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced that the state will re-institute a set of lockdown restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus, as the spread of the Chinese virus spikes throughout the southwestern state.
Bars, gyms, movie theaters, water parks, and water tubing will be ordered closed by the state government for thirty further days, with a potential extension of lockdown measures on July 29th if the state determines that the spread virus is still a potent threat.
The start of the school year is being delayed in August, and restrictions on gatherings of large people are being brought back into effect. The governor framed the reinstatement of restrictions as a necessary measure to allow society to reopen in late July.
Governor Ducey had warned that “bad actors would be held accountable” during last week’s gubernatorial press conference, pointing to businesses and event venues that were failing to recognize social distancing requirements after the state allowed a limited reopening of businesses. One popular Scottsdale nightclub, Riot House, has been charged with a misdemeanor and a potential $2,500 fine for allowing patrons to gather in close proximity earlier in the month.
Arizona has become one of the nation’s coronavirus hotspots after largely avoiding an extreme initial outbreak of the virus in the spring. State authorities are citing new daily case rates of almost 4,000, and a total case load of over 70,000 as an imperative for the renewed application of restrictions.
However, the death rate relative to the amount of new cases is far lower than what public health officials have observed earlier in the pandemic and in other states, perhaps suggesting that the new outbreak of COVID-19 cases is occurring primarily among young people who stand a lessened chance of incurring a serious or potentially fatal case of the virus.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti: It’s Time to Cancel “Everything”
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti sternly instructed residents of his city to cease all outgoing activities of everyday life, citing the county’s dismal coronavirus prospects, which he states are worse than what the nation’s second-largest city faced in March.
“It’s time to hunker down. It’s time to cancel everything. If it isn’t essential, don’t do it.”
Los Angeles County officials enacted a full coronavirus shutdown for three weeks last week, strictly limiting permissible activities and placing the county in a lockdown similar to those utilized across the country at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in March. Cases, hospitalizations and deaths are spiking, and county officials are concerned the city’s medical system is unprepared to accommodate a surge in coronavirus cases similar to that seen in New York earlier in the year.
Black Lives Matter protestors have staged nightly protests outside of Garcetti’s house demanding special privileges for individuals charged with felonies. However, the Mayor’s emergency order exempts protest gatherings from restrictions, placing them in the same category as congregating for religious services.
Garcetti was seen congregating in a group of chanting BLM demonstrators earlier in the year. Angelenos can only hope that their neighbors will execute greater discretion in the interest of public health and saving lives than their mayor has.
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