Each day more Americans are finding new restrictions put on their lives as the deadly novel coronavirus infects more people.
Governments are being forced to limit where people can go, what they can do and how many can gather. Many restaurants across the country can’t have dine-in guests. Even some public beaches in Florida are closing.
As New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy told CNN on Monday night: While this may be painful the alternative is a lot more painful.
In his state, residents are being told they should stay home from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., unless they absolutely have to go out.
But in the Bay Area, millions of people are under orders to shelter in place at all times. There are exceptions; in San Francisco, people are OK to take a walk but they need to remember to keep 6 feet away from others.
The measures come as the White House on Monday offered stringent guidelines designed to mitigate the spread of the virus.
The Trump administration says people should not gather in groups of more than 10 and asked Americans to stay away from bars, restaurants and food courts for the next 15 days, and to not travel if possible.
I believe the people in the United States (should) take them seriously because they were based on some rather serious consideration back and forth, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert. Some may look at them and say they’re going to be really inconvenient for people. Some will look and say, well, maybe we’ve gone a little bit too far. They were well thought out.
While the guidance is only for 15 days, the President said the coronavirus pandemic might not subside until July or August.