With the virus inspections bouncing back up in Florida and the New York /New Jersey/Connecticut quarantine announcement?
The Florida Governor seems to have gotten the message that the reality isn’t what Donald Trump says it is….
The politics of the situation seems to be receding….
After close to 9,000 positive cases of COVID-19 were reported in the state of Florida Friday — the largest ever daily total in the state since the pandemic began— the Department of Business and Professional regulation announced on Twitter that they are suspending on-premise consumption at bars statewide effective immediately.
This order doesn’t impact South Florida as Miami-Dade and Broward counties, which have yet to reopen bars; the area is still currently under phase one of the Florida’s reopening plans, which restricts bar operations. However, the rest of the state had moved to phase two of reopening on June 5, allowing bars to reopen at 50 percent capacity as long as customers were seated and following “appropriate social distancing and sanitation protocols.”
There has been no official comment yet from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on the matter, who previously said last week that the state wouldn’t be scaling back reopening efforts, even though the Florida has become a hotspot for coronavirus cases. DeSantis is scheduled to host a press conference at 2 p.m. today to address the increase in cases….
That both governors — who are close allies of President Donald Trump and were criticized for resisting calls to lock down their states in the pandemic’s early days — have not only pressed pause on reopening but reimposed some restrictions, speaks to the severity of the outbreaks in two of the most populous states in the country.
The country as a whole on Thursday registered another single-day record of more than 39,000 new infections, with fears that hospitalizations and the nationwide death toll could soon follow. The new spikes come as the White House has attempted to play down the increase and press forward with reopening the economy after coming to a standstill for months this spring.
Signs are emerging, however, that the White House has begun to take the threat more seriously, with its coronavirus task force set to hold its first public briefing since April 27.
Abbott said in a statement Friday that his decision came after Texas exceeded a 10 percent positivity rate for coronavirus tests. The state reported nearly 6,000 new confirmed cases of coronavirus on Thursday, a new daily record.
According to Abbott’s orders, bars must close by Friday at noon local time, though they will be allowed to conduct curbside service, and restaurants will be restricted to 50 percent capacity for dine-in service beginning Monday….
The MOST IMPORTANT thing to slow the infections IS WEARING MASKS.…