New York and LA limit people’s movement to avert spread of COVID-19

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New York’s mayor has ordered restaurants, bars and cafes to only sell food on a take-away or delivery basis as the city battles to halt the spread of COVID-19.

Bill de Blasio also moved to close nightclubs, cinemas, theatres and concert venues.

These places are part of the heart and soul of our city. They are part of what it means to be a New Yorker. But our city is facing an unprecedented threat, and we must respond with a wartime mentality.”

On Sunday evening, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the near-complete closure of restaurants, bars, nightclubs, entertainment venues, and gyms in the city until at least March 31. Restaurants will allowed to continue offering takeout and delivery.

Last week, Garcetti cautioned against dining in at restaurants, encouraging the public instead to order takeout in order to support local LA businesses. The new mandate for restaurant and bars comes amid guidance from the CDC to reduce interaction and mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The states of Illinois, Ohio, and Massachusetts issued a lockdown of non-essential businesses, including restaurants — also with exceptions for takeout and delivery. In D.C., all nightclubs were shuttered, and bar seating has been banned at restaurants. In New York, the governor ordered restaurants to reduce capacity by 50 percent, while U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has begged diners to “stop crowding bars, restaurants, and public spaces right now.”

The decision comes just hours after Donald Trump urged the public to stop hoarding groceries during the coronavirus outbreak, telling Americans to “take it easy” and “relax”.

US officials have recorded nearly 3,000 COVID-19 cases and 62 deaths linked to the virus.

The federal government’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, did not rule out a temporary nationwide lockdown of restaurants and bars.

 

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