Hotspot States See Surges, Reconsider Reopening

Headline Roundup July 1st, 2020

Coronavirus hotspot states are reconsidering reopening as they see surges in cases after lifting some restrictions last month. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy canceled the reopening of indoor dining on Monday, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday he is reconsidering reopening indoor dining for New York City. Pennsylvania has also made wearing face masks in public mandatory. Meanwhile, California Gov. Gavin Newson announced a restriction on indoor services in 19 counties on Wednesday; According to The Washington Post, a reported 800,000 new cases, led by Florida, Arizona, Texas and California, were added last month.

Coverage from left-rated outlets tended to focus on the surging numbers in states that had partially reopened. Coverage from center-and right-rated outlets also highlighted the layoffs and economic downturn that will likely happen as a result of closing services once again.

Hotspot States See Surges, Reconsider Reopening

From the Left
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Wednesday announced he was reviving parts of the state’s sweeping lockdown, ordering bars to close and a range of other service-sector businesses in 19 counties to cease indoor operations amid a spike in coronavirus cases. And Pennsylvania has joined a growing list of states mandating that face masks be worn in public.

Elsewhere, North Carolina, Louisiana and Florida continue to report record virus infection records, according to data tracked by The Washington Post. The Tar Heel state reported more than 1,800 cases, Louisiana tallied...

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From the Center
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The reopening of Tucson’s historic Hotel Congress lasted less than a month.

General manager Todd Hanley on June 4 ended a two-month coronavirus lockdown and reopened the 39-room hotel at half-capacity, along with an adjoining restaurant for outdoor dining. Yet with reported COVID-19 cases spiking across Arizona, Hanley made the painful decision last weekend to give up, for now.

“We are closing everything,” he said. “We are going to live to fight another day.’’

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From the Right
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The governors of New Jersey and New York are rethinking their reopening plans amid alarming spikes in new cases and hospitalizations across the South.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that the planned end of the ban on indoor restaurant dining, initially set for Thursday, is canceled. He cited surges in several other states, “driven by, in part, the return of indoor dining.”

"We've always said that we would not hesitate to hit pause if needed to safeguard public health," Murphy tweeted. "This is one of those times."...

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