Spring lockdowns helped prevent hospitals from overloading, drove down the rates of Covid-19 infection, and saved countless lives in the process. Now, after the summer surge erased much of the progress made during lockdowns, the US is in the throes that may be the worst coronavirus surge yet. And some governors and mayors are doing many things to try to get a grip on the pandemic.
Most states now have mask mandates
There are at least 33 states and an increasing number of cities require masks to be worn under specific circumstances or inside public places.
For example, grappling with an onslaught of new Covid-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths, last week, Michigan ordered residents to wear masks in any gathering of at least two people at places such as offices, schools, and stores.
Local officials enact curfews
Currently, some cities and counties are under nightly curfews, such as El Paso County, Texas; Pueblo, Colorado; and Miami-Dade County, Florida; and which have seen rampant spikes in new Covid-19 infections.
El Paso County, Texas, has implemented a two-week curfew and all hospitals and all intensive care units had already hit 100 % capacity.
Anyone in Miami-Dade County, Florida, must wear a mask in public when social distancing can’t be practiced or there is no physical barrier present.
Restaurants must collect guests’ personal info
Restaurant diners and bar patrons in Michigan must provide their phone numbers for tracing if they get exposed to someone that is infected with coronavirus. In September, New York also announced the same rules.
Capacity narrowed down at stores and places of worship
Several states narrow down on crowd sizes, both indoors and outdoors. For example, Connecticut will limit restaurants to 50% capacity, religious ceremonies to 50% capacity or 100 people, outdoor event spaces to 50 people, indoor event spaces to 25 people, and theaters to 100 people.
In Illinois, all indoor restaurant and bar service is banned while all gatherings, meetings, or social events are limited to 25% capacity or a total of 25 people, whichever is smaller.