Governors in various states are reinstating lockdowns as COVID-19 cases across the U.S. increase.
The lockdowns consist of some of the harshest measures from earlier this year. Washington, for example, bans wakes and funeral receptions and caps funerals at 30 people. Meanwhile, Oregon prohibits indoor gatherings of more than six people from more than two households.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Sunday also brought back some of the chief elements of the previous lockdowns. These include measures like halting in-person schooling.
“To our workers and businesses – I know this hurts. We do not take lightly the impact of these restrictions,” said Washington Gov. Jay Inslee about his state’s order. “But this much is clear: We cannot enjoy a full economic recovery before we have gotten this virus under control.”
Fox News explained that the orders come “after a summer and fall which saw many measures being lifted, buoying the economy as the pandemic continued and many Americans tired of staying in their homes.”
As expected, some people are not in favor of the COVID-19 lockdowns.
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“The lockdown absolutists think those of us who aren’t are idiots who ‘don’t believe’ in the virus,” said Bethany Mandel, an editor at Ricochet. “I believe in it. I know dozens of people who have had it,” he added. Mandel further stated, “I recognize the risk. I will not destroy our society or hide inside for over a year because I’m afraid of it.”
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, new reported cases in the U.S. have exceeded 100,000 in recent days – with a daily high of more than 177,000 reported in just one day last week.