There is an uptick in the number of state governments taking extremely aggressive action to mitigate the spread of China coronavirus infections.
States are ordering nonessential businesses to shut down which essentially closes down the state’s economy and mandates citizens to stay-at-home.
New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced violators of the stay-at-home edict will face consequences, saying, “…the time to ensure compliance by using all of the tools available to us is here.”
Authorities will target businesses, like bars or stores, that stay open despite the governor’s demand, Grewal said during a news conference. They will also look for residents who, for instance, throw a party at their home and invite dozens of people.
New Jersey Democrat Governor Phil Murphy warned citizens to stay home, saying, “We’re going to take action,” and “no gatherings of any kind.”
Murphy appeared on CNN.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy makes a plea to Americans to stay home and do their part to get through the coronavirus outbreak: "This is both no time to panic, it's also no time for business as usual" pic.twitter.com/rYJg4VhS6u
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) March 23, 2020
Delaware, Ohio, Louisiana, Connecticut, New Jersey, Illinois, California, and New York have the most restrictive policies and they differ slightly from each other.
The Wall Street Journal breaks it down and provides a guide:
State lockdown measures imposed across the U.S. vary in the scope and severity of the limits on where people may travel, work and shop away from their homes.
New York Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo posted a link to the list of essential businesses and services.
Reminder: Non-essential businesses statewide are closing at 8PM TONIGHT (in-office functions).
Essential businesses including pharmacies & grocery stores will remain open.
Here's the full list of essential businesses & services: https://t.co/0Yr5Z43YQY
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 22, 2020
During a Fox News virtual town hall this week, President Trump discussed the economy and said Americans “…don’t want to be locked in a house or an apartment or some space,” and wants “…the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter.”
🚨 BREAKING 🚨
President Trump says that he would love to have the country opened up and running again by Easter.
Bill Hemmer adds that it would be a “Great American Resurrection”
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) March 24, 2020
President Trump also discussed small businesses.
Small businesses power our economy—and President Trump won't let them weather this alone. pic.twitter.com/8pcLgtTxfs
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 24, 2020
While progress is being made at the federal level, state governors and local officials are dealing with the coronavirus crisis in an extremely aggressive manner.