Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In The U.S. — News Updates March 16, 2020

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Daily Mail: Closing time in America: CDC backs an EIGHT-WEEK nationwide ban on gatherings of more than 50 – as New York City, California Ohio, Illinois and Massachusetts order bars and restaurant to SHUT leaving millions of workers facing hardship

* Gov Gavin Newsom called for the closure of all bars across the state during press conference on Sunday
* Newsom also said that restaurants will have to cut their seating capacity by 50% and social distance people
* New York’s Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that bars and restaurants will start to close Tuesday morning
* Washington state’s governor said that the state’s bars and restaurants will be limited to takeout and delivery
* Ohio Gov Mike DeWine also announced the closure of all bars and restaurants throughout state on Sunday
* Illinois Gov J.B. Pritzker said the closure of all of the state’s bars and restaurants will begin on Monday
* The closures came after CDC advised officials that large events could contribute to the spread of COVID-19
* Earlier Sunday, New York City’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, ordered closure of nation’s largest public school district

Large swathes of America are shutting down after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Sunday night advised against holding large gatherings of more than 50 people for at least eight weeks to fight coronavirus.

The recommendations led to four states ordering bars and restaurants to effectively shut – limiting them to take out only – and New York City ordered the same as well as the shutting down of nightclubs, cinemas and theaters.

Washington, Ohio, Illinois and Massachusetts all ordered bars and restaurants to offer take out food only. California has asked all bars to shut and Los Angeles has ordered owners of establishments to shut them down.


Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In The U.S. — News Updates March 16, 2020

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Coronavirus: US airports in disarray over screening — BBC

US extends coronavirus travel ban to UK, Ireland starting Tuesday — Al Jazeera
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Trump calls on Americans to cease hoarding food, supplies — AP
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Hundreds of thousands of extra coronavirus tests will be available next week and screening will focus on health care workers and seniors, says Mike Pence — Daily Mail
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US election campaign hit by coronavirus — Al Jazeera
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