Trump was asked by Fox News Channel’s John Roberts if he considers the country to be on a ‘wartime footing’ to combat the pandemic.
‘I do. I actually do,’ the president answered from behind the podium in the White House briefing room. ‘I’m looking at it that way.’
He also said Wednesday he’d use the powers outlined in the Defense Production Act to ramp up production of medical equipment to treat Americans sickened by the virus.
‘There’s never been an instance like this where no matter what you have, it’s not enough,’ Trump said. ‘If we need to use it, we’ll be using it full speed ahead.’
Later on Twitter he clarified that he was signing it as a precautionary measure.
‘I only signed the Defense Production Act to combat the Chinese Virus should we need to invoke it in a worst case scenario in the future. Hopefully there will be no need, but we are all in this TOGETHER!’ Trump wrote early evening Wednesday.
President Trump told reporters Wednesday that he considered himself a ‘wartime president’ going against an ‘unseen enemy’ – the coronavirus
President Trump continued to use battle-tinged rhetoric throughout the day Wednesday, as he called the coronavirus an ‘invisible enemy’
- It was one of a series of measures Trump unveiled to grapple with a crisis which he met initially by claiming it was ‘under control’ and complaining was overblown by his Democratic enemies and the media he attacks. Those measures included:
- Mobilizing two hospital ships, one to New York and one on the west coast, although the Pentagon said it will reach Manhattan in weeks not days;
- Ordering more masks and ventilators as Mike Pence admitted to a desperate shortage;
- Tackling the cratering economy with a $1 trillion bailout plan, $500million of which will go in $2,000 checks to every American;
- Getting ready to sign the second emergency coronavirus bill which will give paid sick leave and free testing to sufferers;
- Saying that a prediction of 20 per cent unemployment, last seen in 1935, was an ‘absolute, total worst case scenario’ while his Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin pledged it would not happen.
Just a day before, Trump said he wasn’t ready to put the Defense Production Act – a Korean War-era law – into use.
But on Wednesday, the president leaned fully in to the idea that he was leading Americans into battle.
But his press conference and show of leadership did nothing to arrest a market in freefall with the Dow falling below the level it was when he entered office – meaning the 401k gains he boasted about for three years have now been entirely wiped out.
Trump used twitter after his briefing to talk up his leadership credentials.
‘I want all Americans to understand: we are at war with an invisible enemy, but that enemy is no match for the spirit and resolve of the American people,’ Trump tweeted Wednesday afternoon.
‘It cannot overcome the dedication of our doctors, nurses, and scientists — and it cannot beat the LOVE, PATRIOTISM, and DETERMINATION of our citizens. Strong and United, WE WILL PREVAIL!’
Discussing his evolution into being a war president Trump, again, gave himself credit for restricting travel from China, a decision he made in January, telling reporters the situation on the ground now in the United States would have been a lot worse.
‘That really saved a lot of lives,’ he said.
‘I view it as a – in a sense, a wartime president, that’s what we’ve been fighting,’ he continued. ‘It’s a very tough situation here. We have to do things. We have to close parts of an economy that six weeks ago were the best they’ve ever been.’
‘And then one day you have to close it down in order to defeat this enemy,’ Trump said.
With Americans across the nation instructed to practice ‘social distancing’ and told not to engage in non-essential travel, the hospitality industry – including the airlines, cruise ships, hotels, along with bars and restaurants – are being crushed.
President Trump ordered the USNS Comfort to New York City to provide 1,000 additional hospital beds to sick New Yorkers sickened by the coronavirus
‘The American people have been incredible,’ the president added.
Even before Trump made his ‘wartime president’ declaration, he’s been speaking about the coronavirus as if it was a foil.
‘I call it the unseen enemy,’ he also said at Wednesday’s press briefing. ‘It snuck up on us,’ he claimed.
The president has also used the United States’ military might to provide resources to those suffering from the virus.
For example, he deployed the the Navy hospital ship, the USNS Comfort, to New York City to provide additional 1,000 additional beds for sick New Yorkers.
‘It will be in New York City Harbor. This will be, it’s an extraordinary step obviously, it’s literally a floating hospital which will add capacity, and the president said he would dispatch that immediately,’ said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo early Wednesday.
Later, the Navy said it could be weeks before the ship was able to be dispatched.
WHAT EXACTLY IS THE DEFENSE PRODUCTION ACT?
The Defense Production Act of 1950 was signed by President Harry S. Truman amid concerns about manpower and equipment during that war. It’s been invoked multiple times since to help the federa government during a range of emergencies including blackouts, war and hurricanes.
Trump, referring to himself as a ‘wartime president,’ said he would use the law’s powers ‘in case we need it’ as the country braces for an expected surge in the number of coronavirus cases and a strain on resources.
A look at the Defense Production Act:
WHAT IT DOES
The act gives the federal government broad authority to direct private companies to meet the needs of the national defense. Over the decades, the law’s powers have been understood to encompass not only times of war but also domestic emergency preparedness and recovery from terrorist attacks and natural disasters.
The law allows the president to require companies to prioritize government contracts and orders seen as necessary for the national defense, and to allocate the distribution of materials. The goal is to ensure the private sector is producing enough goods needed to meet a war effort or other national emergency.
The act also authorizes the president to use loans, direct purchases and other incentives to boost the production of critical goods.
Other provisions authorize the federal government to establish voluntary agreements with private industry or block foreign mergers and acquisition seen as harmful to national security.
WHY IT MIGHT MATTER HERE
The number of cases is rapidly rising, creating an urgent need for medical supplies. Those could include masks for health care workers, ventilators, gloves and eye protectors.
Even as the U.S. government rushes those products out to the states, it’s seeking the flexibility to order private industry to boost production and address shortcomings in the stockpile.
Administration officials had signaled for weeks that they might turn to the Defense Production Act. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said as much late last month, when the government acknowledged a significant gap between the number of masks it needed for health care workers and the number of masks it had actually stockpiled.
‘We will use the Defense Production Act as necessary,’ Azar said at the time. ‘So that is the authority that we have and we intend to use to acquire anything we need to acquire.’
Trump did not directly answer Wednesday when asked why it had taken the administration weeks to invoke the act, calling the pandemic a ‘very unforeseen thing’ with a demand for resources and testing beyond anticipation.
‘We have tremendous numbers of ventilators but there’s never been an instance like this where no matter what you have it’s not enough,’ Trump said.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.
The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover
NOT UNPRECEDENTED … BUT ALSO RARE
The current pandemic is without precedent in so many ways, but modern American history does include a number of instances in which the federal government has invoked the Defense Production Act.
In 2001, for instance, the administrations of both President Bill Clinton and George W. Bush invoked it to ensure that electricity and natural gas shippers continued supplying California utilities to cope with an energy crisis there, according to a 2009 Congressional Research Service report.
It was used again during the Iraq War to prioritize the supply of certain military equipment to British forces serving there, the CRS report said. More recently, it was used following the 2017 hurricane in Puerto Rico, when the Federal Emergency Management Agency sought to prioritize contracts for food, bottled water, manufactured housing units and the restoration of electrical systems.
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Donald Trump says 20 per cent unemployment is ‘an absolute, total, worst case scenario’ as his Treasury Secretary pledges it will NOT reach 1935 levels and checks for all could be as much as $2,000 each
Donald Trump said Wednesday that he doesn’t agree with his Treasury secretary that unemployment rates could reach levels as high as 20 per cent.
‘No, well I don’t agree with that. No, I don’t agree,’ he insisted during a White House press briefing on coronavirus Wednesday afternoon.
‘That’s an absolute, total, worst case scenario,’ he continued. ‘But no, we don’t look at that at all. We’re nowhere near it.’
In February, the unemployment rate was at 3.5 per cent and the highest in recorded U.S. history was during the Great Depression in the 1930s when rates reached nearly 25 per cent.
The president’s comments asserting those levels are highly unlikely came after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin floated the number during a meeting with GOP lawmakers on Tuesday.
His comments are a departure from his Treasury Secretary, who said during a meeting with lawmakers Tuesday, according to reports, that unemployment rates could severely skyrocket in light of the coronavirus crisis
Steven Mnuchin met with Republican senators at the Capitol on Tuesday, where he made the assertion – but his office pushed back, claiming ‘he never implied this would be the case’
Trump promised in a tweet Wednesday morning that ‘money will soon be coming’ to relieve those who are unable to work due to the coronavirus crisis.
‘For the people that are now out of work because of the important and necessary containment policies, for instance the shutting down of hotels, bars and restaurants, money will soon be coming to you,’ he vowed in a tweet Wednesday morning.
‘The onslaught of the Chinese Virus is not your fault! Will be stronger than ever!’ he continued, again calling coronavirus the ‘Chinese Virus.’
He also promised in another tweet: ‘I will totally protect your Medicare & Social Security!’
Mnuchin warned Republican senators during the meeting at the Capitol Tuesday that the unemployment rate in American could reach 20 per cent.
The head of the Treasury Department made the trek to the Hill Tuesday afternoon where he posed risks the economy could face if a coronavirus economic stimulus package is not passed fast, a person familiar with the closed-door meeting told Reuters.
But Mnuchin’s office pushed back on this claim.
‘During the meeting with Senate Republicans today, Secretary Mnuchin used several mathematical examples for illustrative purposes, but he never implied this would be the case,’ Treasury spokeswoman Monica Crowley said in a statement.
Donald Trump vowed Wednesday that the federal government would be providing money and economic relief to those affected by the coronavirus outbreak. ‘Money will soon be coming to you,’ he tweeted
Trump previewed at a White House briefing Tuesday that he wants to send cash directly to Americans in the wake of the coronavirus crisis
He also promised to protect Medicare and Social Security in the financially turbulent time
Mnuchin revealed at the briefing that Americans could receive checks larger than $1,000 in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak – but he did not provide any further details other than claiming there would be an income cut-off
Despite the recent record-low unemployment, thousands of Americans are already out of work as nonessential establishments in several states have shut down – including restaurants, bars and clothing retailers.
On Tuesday, San Francisco implemented a lockdown where all 7 million people in the Bay area were told to ‘shelter in place’ at their homes for the next three weeks.
The markets have spiraled since the coronavirus outbreak rocked the nation earlier this month – and an administration official claiming unemployment could reach new lows would likely rock investors even more.
Unemployment rates have reached record lows under the Trump administration, which the president often touts when boasting of his economic achievements since taking office in 2017.
Rates of joblessness hit a peak in October 2009 when the unemployment rate hit 10.2 per cent following the 2008 financial crisis.
Some states are already reporting astounding numbers.
On Monday, 15,000 people in New Jersey applied for unemployment benefits and in Connecticut, nearly 8,000 applications arrived over the weekend.
Unemployment claims in Ohio went from 6,500 last week to 45,000 this week.
Rhode Island officials also reported on Tuesday that a week-long rise in claims from the coronavirus outbreak brought their application number from 10 on March 11 to 6,282 on March 16.
Several states have already seen major spikes in unemployment. Here people wait in a massive line for help with unemployment benefits in Las Vegas, Nevada
Several non-essential businesses in states across the country have also been forced to shutter their doors – leaving them without income and putting all their employees out of a job
The Trump administration is proposing a phase three stimulus package – before phase two has even made it through the Senate – that would allocate at least another $850 billion in economic relief.
Phase one included more than $8 billion in emergency funding and phase two proposes another $10 billion going toward relieving individuals who have to take off work or are unable to go to their jobs due to contracting coronavirus or quarantining.
The nearly $1 trillion stimulus package would include sending cash directly to Americans within two weeks, would monetarily backup airlines and the hospitality industry and would likely include a big chunk of cash going toward Trump’s desire payroll tax cut.
Trump previewed during a coronavirus press briefing at the White House Tuesday that he wants to send more than $1,000 to Americans suffering economically from the coronavirus outbreak.
‘We’re going big,’ Trump said of his administration’s stimulus plans.
‘We’re looking to send checks to Americans immediately,’ Mnuchin explained in the briefing, adding that a payroll tax holiday would get money to Americans – but it would be over the next six to eight months.
‘Americans needs cash now and the president wants to give cash now,’ Mnuchin continued during Tuesday’s briefing.
‘And I mean now – in the next two weeks,’ he added before leaving the briefing early to attend his meeting with GOP senators.
Details of how the administration planned to provide direct cash to Americans was not announced at the press conference – and he did not discuss who would be eligible.
The only detail he gave was that it could top $1,000 and that there would be some income cut-offs.
‘You don’t need to send people who make a million dollars a year checks,’ he chuckled.
Markets saw their worst week since the 1980s last week, dropping a few thousand points – with just a few moments of reprieve as hopes of a bipartisan economic stimulus package monopolized investors’ interest.
As of Wednesday morning, the U.S. has more than 6,500 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 115 people died after contracting the fast-spreading respiratory disease.
Trump has begun calling coronavirus the ‘Chinese Virus,’ because he says he wants to make it clear where it originated.
He also previewed that he would be participating in the now-daily coronavirus press briefing on Wednesday.
‘I will be having a news conference today to discuss very important news from the FDA concerning the Chinese Virus!’ the president tweeted Wednesday morning.
Critics claim referring to the disease a ‘Chinese virus’ creates a stigma and some even claim it is a racist phrase.
Trump disagrees, claiming the real stigma is Chinese officials claiming the virus was first brought to Wuhan by members of the U.S. military participating in the World Military Games there in October 2019.
‘Millennials cannot keep having these large gatherings for people who are off work’: Trump administration warns of ‘very concerning’ rise in children and young people catching coronavirus in Italy
Children and young adults may not be as safe from coronavirus as previously thought, the Trump administration said on Wednesday.
‘We have not seen any significant mortality in children but we are concerned about the reports coming out of Italy and France,’ said coronavirus task force member Dr Deborah Birx during a press briefing.
She didn’t give specific numbers of children infected, nor does a JAMA report on Italian cases document any among people there under age 29.
But more cases among children in China have come to light, suggesting kids broadly may be equally vulnerable to adults, and that those under age five may be at risk of falling seriously ill.
Dr Birx also urged millennials to take their health and safety seriously amid the coronavirus, citing a rise in severe cases of coronavirus among young adults in China, Italy and South Korea.
‘They don’t realize that – they’re feeling invincible,’ said President Trump of young people.
President Trump and Dr Deborah Birx, a member of his coronavirus task force, warned Wednesday that young people and children may not be safe from infection
Two men wrestling each other in Pompano Beach on Tuesday as spring break revelers look on during the contest
A group of spring break revelers pose for a photograph on the sand of Pompano Beach on Tuesday
Cece Guida, 19, (top) of New York City, pushes on Sam Reddick, 20, of Evansville, Ind., as spring break revelers look on during a game of chicken fight on the beach on Tuesday
‘But they don’t realize that they could be carrying lots of bad things home to their grandmother and grandfather and even their parents.
‘So, we want them to heed the advice … and I do believe it’s getting through.’
Dr Birx echoed his concerns and elaborated with references outbreaks in other countries.
‘We cannot have these large gatherings that continue to occur throughout the country for people who are off work, to then be socializing in large groups and spreading the virus,’ Dr Birx said.
Her staunch warning comes a day after President Trump warned would-be spring breakers to instead ‘enjoy your living room.’
‘I would say enjoy your home,’ the president said.
‘We have to get this problem fixed, and we will get back into business really quick.
‘We will open up our country. We will open up our society. The world will hopefully open heart. We see areas of the world that haven’t done well. We see areas. We are doing very well for a country so big. I think I would recommend that they just enjoy their living room.’
But it may be too late to stop the spread among some revelers. Spring breakers were spotted on Tuesday, St Patricks Day, gathering in throngs and chicken fighting in Florida’s South Beach – despite Miami Mayor Dan Gelber’s Monday declaration of a state of emergency and that spring break was ‘canceled.
In other parts of the world, the Trump administration claims coronavirus cases are already striking young people at rising rates, and with more dangerous effects than previously seen.
‘There are concerning reports coming out of France and Italy about young people getting very seriously ill and getting very seriously ill in the ICU,’ Dr Birx said.
‘We think that part of it may be that people heeded the very early data coming out of…China and out of South Korea that elderly or people with pre-existing conditions are particularly vulnerable.
Those reports may have seeded a false sense of security among younger people, she suggested.
Sections of Miami’s iconic South Beach was still bustling amid coronavirus pandemic. Stretches of white sands could be seen busy with holidaymakers despite advice from public health officials to limit gatherings to fewer than 10 people
And emerging data is now indicating young adults are far from safe from coronavirus.
‘It may [be] that the millennial generation…there may be disproportionate infections among that group, so that even if they are a rare occurrence, they may be seen more frequently in that group and be more evident now,’ said Dr Birx.
She also underscored that young people are the ones still going out to large gatherings – both abroad in hard-hit countries like Italy and in the US – meaning they are exposing themselves to more possible coronavirus carriers and prospectively bringing the disease home with them.
The Trump administration’s 15-day guidelines to stop coronavirus’s spread urge all Americans – including millennials – to stop gathering in groups of more than 10, in the hopes of keeping all generations safer from the virus.
Official data from Italy does not reflect an increase in cases among younger people – yet – but anecdotal reports do.
‘The type of patient is changing,’ Dr Luca Lorini, head of anesthesiology and intensive care at a hospital in Northern Italy told RaiNews24.
‘They are a bit younger, between 40 and 45 years old and the cases are more complicated.’
According to Statista.com, nearly a quarter of cases in Italy are among people between ages 19 and 50, and 1.1 percent of those sickened are younger than 19, although a JAMA report released Wednesday does not reflect that.
In the US, data on he ages of those infected is sparse. But last week, when just 49 US deaths were confirmed (that number has now risen to 121), only one of the deceased was in their 40s, two were in their 50s and none were reported by ABC News among younger groups.
Recent data from China suggests a disturbing rise in cases of coronavirus in children, including 125 who became severely ill and one who died. Pictured: a mother and her yougn child wear masks in Beijing
However the most recent data coming out of China suggests worrisome trends among children who were previously thought to be fairly resilient agains the virus.
A study published Tuesday in Pediatrics examined data on more than 2,000 coronavirus-stricken children there (a case load reported as of February 8).
Nearly 40 percent of those became moderately ill, while about half only had mild symptoms.
But at least one of the 125 children who became severely sick died.
And the severely ill children accounted for six percent of all pediatric illnesses in China.
It’s a trend officials are now watching closely for in the US.
CORONAVIRUS SHUTDOWNS IN THE UNITED STATES
Alabama health officials on Tuesday ordered the closure of day cares, senior centers and on-site restaurant dining in six counties to contain the coronavirus outbreak.
The order from the Alabama Department of Public Health applies to Jefferson County, which has the highest number of cases, and the surrounding counties of Tuscaloosa, Walker, Blount, St. Clair and Shelby.
Public gatherings of more than 25 people banned across the state.
All public schools closed until April 6.
Jefferson County Health Officer Mark Wilson said: ‘I know this has a big impact on our community. It’s quite restrictive.’
The Alabama Department of Public Health on Monday urged people statewide to avoid gatherings of more than 50 people, unless they can maintain a 6-foot distance between others, to limit spread of the new coronavirus.
Anchorage – a ban on dine-in service from 5pm Monday until March 31.
Theaters, gyms and bingo halls closed through March 31.
The mayor of Anchorage signed the order Monday closing gyms and entertainment venues and barring restaurants, bars and other establishments from offering dine-in service to the public through the rest of March.
All liquor stores and licensee service centers will close indefinitely at 9pm on Tuesday.
Gov Tom Wolf extended the shutdown to the entire state of Pennsylvania on Monday bar essential services.
All bars, nightclubs, casinos, movie theaters, gyms and health clubs will be closed until April 13. Restaurants may open for take-out options only.
Governor John Bel Edwards said the new restrictions take effect Tuesday and will last until April 13.
Public gatherings of 50 people or more will be banned. No one will be allowed to eat onsite at a restaurant.
In heavily Catholic New Orleans and in Baton Rouge, church leaders announced cancellation of masses until further notice.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has been postponed.
Gatherings of more than 50 people banned.
Bars and restaurants shut indefinitely for dine-in customers.
Clubs, bars, cinemas, gyms shut indefinitely.
Hospitals across the state are restricting visitation, and some, including UConn Health in Farmington, have announced the indefinite postponement of elective surgeries.
Gatherings of more than 25 people banned.
Bars and restaurants to offer take-out only until April 7.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is shutting down construction sites across the city. Walsh also announced all branches of the Boston Public Library will close.
Curfew from 8pm – 5am; gatherings of more than 50 people banned; bars and restaurants shut indefinitely for dine-in customers, but can offer take-out.
Clubs, bars, cinemas and gyms shut indefinitely.
New Jersey expanded coronavirus mitigation efforts, ordering indoor malls and amusement centers closed.
All public and private schools, colleges and universities are joining the list.
The city of Hoboken on Tuesday also ordered its 55,000 residents to isolate at home for a week.
Gatherings of more than 50 people banned.
Bars and restaurants shut indefinitely for dine-in customers, but can offer take-out.
Clubs, bars, cinemas and gyms shut indefinitely.
Essential businesses such as supermarkets and gas stations will be able to stay open after 8 p.m. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he is ‘strongly encouraging’ nonessential businesses to close in New York after 8 p.m.
New York City - Eateries could only accept takeout and delivery orders. Mayor Bill de Blasio also ordered nightclubs, movie theaters and other entertainment venues closed
New York City announced its public school district, the nation’s largest, will be closed starting Monday, joining most of the rest of the country
New Rochelle – one mile containment area set up
Bars and restaurants shut to dine-in customers until March 30
Bars and restaurants shut to dine-in customers until March 30.
The Democratic governors of Connecticut, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Washington on Monday all ordered the full or partial closure of certain categories of businesses.
Bars and restaurants shut to dine-in customers, but can offer take-out.
Ohio marked St. Patrick’s Day on Tuesday with no parades and no primary election over fears of the coronavirus. Health Director Dr. Amy Acton issued an order late Monday shutting down polls Tuesday.
Youngstown State University and Capital University in Columbus were among those announcing the cancellation of May commencement ceremonies, saying they couldn’t comply with restrictions severely limiting the size of gatherings.
Ohio’s Roman Catholic bishops suspended all publicly celebrated Masses through Easter on April 12, extending an earlier suspension of services through Palm Sunday one week earlier.
Public schools closed at least until April 6.
Oklahoma’s governor declared a statewide emergency Sunday evening.
The Oklahoma Legislature approved sweeping changes to the state’s Open Meeting Act on Tuesday to allow government bodies to meet via teleconference.
Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum and Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt both ordered the immediate shutdown of bars, while restaurants can serve only take-out orders. Similar measures were also imposed in Stillwater and Norman, including orders that theaters, gyms and amusement facilities must also close.
Officials with the Remington Park horse track in Oklahoma City said it was closing to the general public and races would be held without spectators.
The archbishop of Oklahoma City announced Tuesday that all public masses and liturgies at Catholic churches in the archdiocese of Oklahoma City would be canceled through Easter Sunday, April 12.
Bars and restaurants shut to dine-in customers indefinitely, but can offer take-out. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has banned more than 50 people in a gathering at a time.
Whitmer issued a sweeping order Monday banning dine-in customers at restaurants and closing all bars, movie theaters, gyms and other sports facilities to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The measure was to last through March.
Besides those restrictions, all Michigan schools are closed.
Restaurants and bars ordered to shut temporarily.
Gatherings of more than 50 people banned for at least two weeks.
Dine-in restaurants and bars ordered to shut through March 27 beginning Tuesday evening.
Gov. Tim Walz ordered bars and restaurants across Minnesota to temporarily close to customers who dine in.
Delivery and curbside takeout services may continue to operate. The temporary closure also applies to other places of public amusement, including theaters, museums, fitness centers and community clubs.
Affected businesses must close by 5 p.m. Tuesday. While the governor’s order runs through March 27, he said he’ll likely end up extending it. Supermarkets, pharmacies and other retailers are not affected.
Gatherings of more than 25 people banned.
Restaurants and bars allowed to offer take-out only.
Gov. Kate Brown on Monday banned on-site consumption at bars and restaurants around the state for at least four weeks in a bid to slow the spread of the new coronavirus and said gatherings will be limited to 25 people or fewer.
Restaurants can still offer takeout or delivery, she said at a news conference.
Gov. Kate Brown announced an extension of her previous statewide school closure order to combat the spread of coronavirus, saying now schools will be shuttered until at least April 28.
Only essential medical and emergency personnel can visit residents of long-term care facilities statewide, except for residents who are in the end stages of life.
All bars advised to shut, restaurants cut occupancy by half and over 65s are told to self-quarantine.
San Francisco Residents are ordered to ‘shelter in place’ in five counties. Residents in the city are legally banned from leaving their homes for three weeks for non-essential reasons.
Disneyland closed to the public.
Palm Springs orders residents to shelter in place.
‘Few if any’ California schools will reopen before summer break, Gov. Gavin Newsom said.
Three more Northern California counties on Tuesday follow the example of those in the San Francisco Bay Area that told residents to stay at home and go outside only for food, medicine and other essential needs.
Restaurants, bars and clubs to shut down by 10pm Monday, with take-out and delivery still available until April 1.
Health clubs, spas, massage parlors and theaters to shut down.
Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser has declared a state of emergency.
Organizers of the popular Cherry Blossom festival, which was scheduled to begin March 20, announced that several events would be postponed.
Officials recommended that all ‘non-essential mass gatherings, including conferences and conventions,’ be postponed or canceled through the end of March.
Georgetown University joined the growing list of higher-learning institutions to cancel in-person classes.
Bars and restaurants shut indefinitely for dine-in customers, but can offer take-out.
Clubs, bars, cinemas and gyms shut indefinitely.
In Florida, Walt Disney World and Universal-Orlando closed Sunday night for the rest of the month, joining their already closed California siblings.
Farther south, Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale closed their beaches, where thousands of college spring breakers flocked.
All bar and nightclubs are set to close.
Casinos throughout Nevada were closed Wednesday, along with other nonessential businesses, following under an order from Gov. Steve Sisolak.
All public, private and charter K-12 schools in the state will be closed Monday until at least April 6 in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Monthlong closure of non-essential businesses like bars, movie theaters and gyms. Restaurants must shutter their dining rooms and only offer takeout or delivery.
Colorado’s 12,000 bars and restaurants will be limited to takeout and delivery orders under a ban on gatherings of 50 people as the state expands testing to try to brake the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Jared Polis said.
Polis also announced the closure of all theaters, gyms and casinos until further notice.
Vail Resorts said it will keep its North American resorts closed for the rest of the ski season.
People arrested for low-level crimes will no longer be booked into jail.
Bars, nightclubs and restaurants closed for dine-in with and takeout allowed until the end of March.
Honda said Wednesday that it will shut down plants in North America, including one in Greensburg.
All restaurants, bars, coffee shops shut down for dine in until March 30.
Drive-thru and delivery services remain open.
The Rhode Island Statehouse will be closed to visitors and certain popular government services will be curtailed.
The popular, downtown Providence Place Mall will be shut down.
Catholic churches in Rhode Island are suspending Mass services.
Bars and restaurants can only serve takeout from Tuesday night.
All pre-K-12 schools in Vermont must close no later than Tuesday
All schools closed through March 27.
Phoenix and Tucson joined Flagstaff on Tuesday in ordering bars, gyms and other indoor facilities to close immediately and restaurants to offer to-go service only in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
All schools closed from Tuesday.
Arkansas casinos are closing temporarily because of concerns about the coronavirus.
Arkansas’ largest city is imposing more restrictions, including a curfew, in an effort to curb the spread of the new coronavirus as the number infections in the state continues to rise.
Mayor Frank Scott said Monday that a curfew from midnight to 5 a.m. will be in effect in Little Rock beginning early Wednesday.
Gov. John Carney directed that restaurants and bars in Delaware restrict their operations to take-out, drive-thru and delivery services.
All public schools and universities closed.
A large outdoor music festival in Atlanta has been postponed until fall. Organizers of the Shaky Knees Festival on Wednesday said the event featuring headliners the Black Keys, the Strokes and Smashing Pumpkins is now set for Oct. 16 to 18.
Visitors asked to postpone their island vacations for at least the next 30 days.
Directive that all bars and clubs close and that restaurants shift to serving food through drive-through, takeout and delivery service. Gatherings to be limited to a maximum of 10 people.
The National Park Service said the Pearl Harbor National Memorial has closed temporarily.
Gov. Brad Little said state is adopting federal guidelines that include avoiding social gatherings of more than 10 people.
The guidelines also call for not eating or drinking in bars, restaurants and food courts, but to use drive-thru or pickup options. Little also recommended avoiding discretionary travel and shopping.
Boise: State of emergency declared Monday, city buildings closed with the exception of the Boise Airport
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds ordered restaurants, bars, fitness centers, theaters and casinos to close for two weeks.
Also bans events of more than 10 people, including parades, festivals, conventions and fundraisers, in line with federal recommendations.
Kansas State University to teach remotely.
In Kansas, Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Monday banned public gatherings of 50 or more people for the next two months.
All of the state’s K-12 schools to close and to move lessons online for the rest of the spring semester.
Maine’s largest city, Portland, declared an emergency and adopted a curfew to prevent the spread of the virus on St. Patrick’s Day.
The curfew applies to establishments where groups gather all day Tuesday and from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. from Wednesday to Saturday.
L.L. Bean is closing all of its retail stores across the country, including its flagship store in Freeport, Maine, to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.
The North Haven Select Board voted Sunday to ban visitors and seasonal residents immediately to prevent the spread of the coronavirus to the Penobscot Bay island, where there have been no cases yet.
A growing number of municipalities declared emergencies and imposed curfews.
Casinos, public universities and school districts closed until further notice.
Mississippi legislators are suspending their work until at least April 1.
Restaurants, bars and movie theaters ordered shut for 15 days in Kansas City metro from Tuesday
Public schools closed for two weeks.
Billings, Missoula, Bozeman, Butte and Helena restrict restaurant openings.
Omaha bars and restaurants limited to 10 and under patrons.
The Douglas County Board of Health issued an order limiting gatherings within the county, which includes Omaha, to no more than 10 people. The order also says that a venue must be large enough for all people in any gathering to be at least 6 feet (1.8 meters) apart from each other.
The order is effective through April 30.
Restaurants will be restricted to take-out, schools are shut down and large public gatherings are being banned in an effort to contain the coronavirus in New Hampshire.
New Hampshire’s directive, which extends until April 7, also will ban public gatherings of 50 people or more.
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and affiliated hospitals are no longer allowing visitors.
Restaurants and bars to operate at 50 per cent capacity; tables must not seat more than six people, and must be separated by at least six feet.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is ordering all restaurants and bars be closed to dine-in patrons.
Cooper’s office announced he would issue a new executive order directing the closings effective at 5 p.m. Tuesday. The establishments can continue to offer takeout and delivery.
No mandated closing of restaurants and bars.
North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum issued an executive order closing schools across the state for one week beginning Monday.
Two-week closure for the majority of businesses; 9pm overnight curfew through March 30.
Puerto Rico Secretary of State Elmer Román said at a press conference on Monday that no one is allowed to go to the beach.
On Sunday, Gov. Wanda Vázquez ordered a two-week closure of nonessential government offices and commercial businesses except for gas stations and those in the food, health and finance sectors. Puerto Rico also cancelled major events, including an Ironman race scheduled for this past weekend.
Charleston banned gatherings of more than 50 people outside of stores and private offices.
Columbia restricted businesses to no more than half their legal occupancy and won’t allow more than six people to sit at a restaurant table.
Schools closed from Monday
No current plans to close restaurants or bars.
The governor signed a state of emergency order last week, requesting public schools to close and ordering non-essential state employees to work from home.
South Dakota public universities announced on Monday that all classes will move online next week after an extended spring break.
All bars closed in Nashville; restuarants ordered to operate at no more than 50 per cent capacity.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Monday asked schools to close, exhorted people to avoid crowded bars
Austin joined other major cities statewide in closing bars and restaurant dining rooms to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Texas Capitol in Austin also will be closed to the public.
The University of Texas System on Tuesday instructed its eight academic campuses to, effective immediately, move all classes online for the rest of the spring semester and postponed graduation ceremonies until the fall.
El Paso closed its bars and ordered restaurant capacities cut in half.
Galveston Mayor Jim Yarbrough ordered the island city’s bars and restaurants to close, as well as all public amusement venues, including museums, the Pleasure Pier and Moody Gardens.
Houston has also enacted restrictions on bars, clubs and restaurant
US VIRGIN ISLANDS
State of emergency declared
All public schools closed for at least three weeks from Wednesday
Salt Lake City shuts restaurants to dine in customers and bars; take out continues.
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert ordered statewide dine-in closures at restaurants, bars and other eateries while health officials in the national parks hot spot of Moab halted new overnight tourists.
Authorities also closed restaurants, except for takeout, and other public places like theaters and gyms in Grand, Carbon and Emery Counties.
Gov. Ralph Northam bans public gatherings of more than 100 people.
All K-12 schools to close through at least March 27.
So far, West Virginia has just one coronavirus case.
Bans on 50 people or more gatherings; bars and restaurants limiting customers. Gov. Tony Evers ordered that child care settings have no more than 10 staffers and 50 children present at the same time.
Dine in customers banned at restaurants and bars.
Airlines are wrapping up winter-season flights to Jackson Hole weeks earlier than usual.
The resort and two others in northwest Wyoming — Grand Targhee resort and Snow King Resort — have shut down early.
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