States Closing Restaurants and Other Businesses Amid New CDC Warnings

Following new warnings by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about limiting gatherings of people to less than 50 persons, many states have taken the extraordinary step of ordering restaurants, bars and a number of other types of business to close and/or limit the number of patrons congregating at one time.

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Key points you need to know:
  • All states are allowing grocery stores to remain open.
  • At least 40 US states have declared a state of emergency.
  • A growing list of at least 13 states are forcing restaurant closures, though many are still operating in a take-out/delivery mode.
  • Coronavirus has now been confirmed in 49 states, including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. There are at least 3,485 cases at least 65 deaths so far, according to the CDC. The only state currently without confirmed cases of the coronavirus is West Virginia.

New CDC warnings advise restricting gatherings to less than 50 people

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a recommendation yesterday advising that gatherings and events within the United States be limited to less than 50 people for the next eight weeks, recommending the cancellation or banning of events consisting of 50 persons or more.

Numerous States begin closing businesses to public

As the outbreak of coronavirus in the US outbreak spreads, at least 13 states have ordered the closure of bars and restaurants and the list is growing.

The states enacting the closure of certain types of businesses so far are: Ohio, California, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Michigan, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Washington.

These states have all ordered the closure of bars and restaurants to the public, while forcing them to take strict measures aimed at limiting the spread of coronavirus.

In some states, this action is extending to gyms and all types of entertainment venues, including theaters and casinos.

Restaurants switching to take-out/delivery format

In an attempt to limit exposure to the virus for the general public, bars and restaurants are being closed down – but not completely.

Restrictions vary by state, but many are allowing take-out and delivery. A few are limiting the number of indoor diners allowed at one time, while taking precautions to wipe down surfaces in-between patrons.

Some states enforcing curfews

Some states have taken the exceedingly cautious step of enacting curfews.

In New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy enacted a statewide curfew recommending residents remain in their homes from 8 PM until 5 AM.

New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut are all forcing businesses to close down at 8 PM.