Is this the right time to say “I told you so?”
Courtesy of CNN:
Prompted by a dramatic surge in cases across the nation and within their borders, three states on Monday reinstated restrictions that were put in place early in the coronavirus pandemic.
At least 27 states have put a hold on reopening businesses or reimposed measures aimed at slowing the spread of the virus.
Citing rising numbers, the governors of California and New Mexico — having already taken some steps — reimposed restrictions on dining. In Oregon, where the number of cases has recently risen, the governor expanded rules on face coverings to include outdoor gatherings where social distance cannot be maintained.
In California, Gov. Gavin Newsom cited increases in the rate of positive cases and instances of community transmission when he ordered all counties to close many indoor activities.
California is one of almost three dozen states in which cases are rising, and it’s not the only one rolling back measures meant to combat coronavirus.
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham put new restrictions on indoor seating at restaurants and breweries, a statement from her office said. Indoor dining at restaurants had been allowed with limits since June 1 but that is now prohibited. Breweries were permitted to have customers inside as of June 15.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced indoor gatherings such as birthday or dinner parties will be limited to 10 or fewer people. Faith-based events, gyms and restaurants are on the exempt list under the governor’s order.
“Today I am sounding the alarm: we are at risk of COVID-19 getting out of control in Oregon,” she tweeted. “Each of us needs to take immediate action to slow the spread of this disease.”
Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon announced Monday that he was extending restrictions in his state through July 31.
It’s almost as if some of these governors did not realize that closing their businesses and social distancing was why the virus seemed under control in their states and then were suddenly shocked that reopening businesses resulted in a huge spike.
It’s almost like having an anti-tiger fence around your property and then being surprised that you were suddenly attacked by a tiger when you took it down.