Some Sunbelt states reinstating lockdowns amid COVID-19 uptick
UPDATED 8:46 PM PT — Wednesday, July 1, 2020
As businesses reopen nationwide amid the ongoing pandemic, Sunbelt states are seeing a rise in positive coronavirus cases.
According to reports Tuesday, the states of Arizona, Texas and California are rescinding reopening measures by ordering closures of bars, gyms and beaches. This comes as newly reported infections in the U.S. reach approximately 40,000 per day.
CA’s response to #COVID19 is based on science.
That’s why we asked counties that are experiencing high transmission and positivity rates to close down bars & toggle back re-openings.
We will continue to monitor counties across the state & take appropriate action when necessary.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) June 29, 2020
Florida has reportedly also become an emerging epicenter of the virus with more than 6,000 new cases Tuesday. While certain counties in the state such as Palm Beach have shut down businesses and beaches, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) reiterated earlier statements that he would not implement such lockdowns statewide.
“We’re not going back closing things, I don’t think that that really is what’s driving it,” he stated. “I mean, people going to business is not what’s driving it.”
“I think when you see the younger folks, I think a lot of it is more just social interactions, so that’s natural,” DeSantis continued.
The Republican governor further implored young people to protect the state’s elderly population, echoing public health experts who emphasize voluntary compliance with safety guidelines as the best way to curb the virus’s spread.