Virginia Governor Ralph Northam introduced a midnight-5am curfew, an expanded masks mandate and different new measures in a bid to sluggish the unfold of Covid-19 after the state noticed a bounce in new virus instances.
The curfew will go into impact on December 14 and is scheduled to run by means of at the very least the top of January. Northam advised reporters on Thursday that everybody aside from folks touring to and from work ought to abide by the curfew. He additionally urged Virginians to remain residence at different occasions of day until they have to exit.
Northam expanded the state’s masks mandate to incorporate outside public areas the place individuals are inside six toes of one another. He additionally lowered the capability restrict on social gatherings to 10 folks – simply in time for Christmas and New Yr’s Eve celebrations – and mentioned eating places must cease liquor gross sales by 10pm and shut by midnight.
“New each day case numbers are greater than they’ve been at any earlier level within the pandemic, and whereas the traits in Virginia are higher than a lot of the nation, we’re taking motion now to sluggish the unfold of this virus earlier than our hospitals get overwhelmed,” Northam mentioned.
Virginia reported 21 Covid-19 deaths and practically 4,400 new infections on Wednesday. The weekly common for brand new instances has climbed 41 p.c prior to now two weeks, to greater than 3,500.
Additionally on Thursday, Pennsylvania tightened its Covid-19 restrictions, banning indoor eating and shutting theaters, casinos and gymnasiums. Pennsylvania had greater than 8,600 new Covid-19 instances reported on Wednesday and 247 deaths. It is weekly common of practically 10,000 instances is up 51 p.c from late November.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, who revealed on Wednesday that he had examined constructive for the virus, mentioned the surge in infections necessitated tighter restrictions. “All of us hoped that it might not come to this,” Wolf mentioned. “The present state of the surge in Pennsylvania is not going to permit us to attend.”
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