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States debate reopening

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 4/21/20, 11:36 am

Despite thousands gathering for the country’s largest anti-shutdown protest at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, said he is extending the state’s stay-at-home order through May 8. But a few states have announced plans to get back to work. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. government infectious disease expert, warned Monday that resuming businesses too soon could cause a spike in new COVID-19 cases.

Who’s reopening for business? Georgia will begin restarting its economy by Friday, Gov. Brian Kemp announced on Monday. His plan, the most aggressive in the nation, requires businesses to follow social distancing and other hygiene requirements. It keeps bars, live performance venues, and amusement parks closed. Businesses in most of Tennessee will reopen next week, but Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, and some of their surrounding areas will remain closed. South Carolina is allowing some nonessential retail businesses and its beaches to reopen, but several popular coastal areas, including Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head, are keeping beach access closed to the public. Texas will reopen state parks this week, followed by looser restrictions allowing restaurants to offer curbside service. All four states are led by Republican governors. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat, said Monday he would let the state stay-at-home order expire next week as long as strict social distancing and protective measures continued.

Dig deeper: Read Mindy Belz’s report in Globe Trot about where restrictions are starting to ease overseas.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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  •  SuperAndy's picture
    Posted: Tue, 04/21/2020 05:43 pm

    Pennsylvania is the state with with fourth highest total of positive cases for COVID-19. I find it hard to blame Gov. Wolf for his reluctancy to reopen the state, regardless of his political affiliation.

  • PAMom
    Posted: Wed, 04/22/2020 08:46 am

    But the majority of the cases are around Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The rest of the state is not that bad.

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