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We wrote yesterday that President Trump’s lack of federal guidance on the coronavirus has created a patchwork of enforcement measures across the country. In fact, during his press conference yesterday Trump still wouldn’t say if he would make shelter in place a mandatory nationwide policy but did tell Americans to avoid gathering in crowds of 10 or more. The President tried to reassure Americans by saying, “Relax, we’re doing great, it all will pass” but few felt comforted and markets continued to a record tumble.
Amid the lack of federal direction, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced a regional approach to combatting COVID-19. Under the tri-state accord:
Crowd capacity for recreational and social gatherings will be limited to 50 people
Restaurants and bars will close for on-premise service and move to take-out and delivery only
Movie theaters, gyms and casinos will temporarily close
And as the LA Times reported, seven counties in the greater San Francisco Bay Area issued sweeping orders on Monday that will force most businesses to close and residents to “shelter-in-place” inside their homes — the nation’s most stringent public health measures yet as state and local governments strain to rein in the coronavirus.
Around the World:
Canada will deny entry to anyone who isn’t a citizen or permanent resident.
France has banned all family and social gatherings and closed its borders.
Good Citizenship: Today the parent company of Givenchy, Louis Vuitton and Dior announced that all the perfume and cosmetics production facilities for fashion conglomerate LVMH will begin making hand sanitizer instead of luxury fragrances.
Worth Watching: Quarantined Italians on what they would say to themselves 10 days ago about the current epidemic and the need to prepare,
Why This Matters: Cities and states are finally starting to take action where Trump has refused to do so. The President said that the U.S. may be able to get the new coronavirus outbreak under control by July or August at the earliest but that’s going to take some serious policy interventions as well as well-coordinated government assistance programs. This matters immensely for human health but even for other government agencies like the National Park Service where there hasn’t been ample guidance on whether to unilaterally close all National Parks–some have closed while others still remain open.
Why This Matters: After the President suggested that disinfectants might be a good treatment for COVID-19, many worried about the public improperly using household cleaning products to treat themselves. But there are also manufacturers who peddle dangerous products and we need to be able to trust the government when it says a product should or should not be used in fighting COVID.
As coronavirus cases are once again surging across the country, it’s evident that our leaders do not have total control of this pandemic. This week, Dr. Anthony Fauci’s issued a dire warning that daily new cases could surpass 100,000 new infections per day if the outbreak continues on its current trend. While some states have […]
In a massive and highly complex legal settlement covering the majority of the claims against Monsanto, a U.S. company that makes the weedkiller Roundup, its parent, Bayer Corporation, will pay nearly $11B to settle approximately 95,000 claims and set aside $1.25 billion for potential claims from Roundup customers who may develop cancer in the future.
Why This Matters: This must end the debate about whether Roundup can still be sold to consumers.
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