As 85 Million Prepare to Travel This Holiday Season, States Impose Strict Lockdowns

By Anna Breuer on 23 December 2020
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The holiday travel season has officially begun and some 85 million people are expected to travel between now and January 3, despite warnings from literally hundreds of health officials and infectious disease experts to stay home.

Meanwhile, states and counties in the United States are imposing some of the strictest measures and restrictions on restaurants, businesses, and social gatherings since the spring.

A study from Rice University’s Baker Institute showed that states which imposed initial strict lockdown measures early on in the Covid-19 pandemic saw fewer deaths later on.

California announced a far-reaching lockdown three weeks ago, amidst a surge that has left many parts of the state with no open ICU beds.  Pennsylvania shuttered places such as movie theaters and bowling alleys through Jan. 4, and limited restaurants to takeout service.

In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered an end to indoor dining statewide at the start of the month, citing the surging number of cases in the state.

Meanwhile, North Carolina has a curfew on non-essential activities between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. through January 8, similar to orders in place in New Jersey and Virginia, and New Mexico, which unveiled a stay-at-home order on November 13, now has county-by-county curfews based on local data.

Chicago officials are monitoring social media to break up possible superspreader events.  The Windy City has shuttered bars and restaurants for indoor dining and residents are being asked to limit social gatherings to no more than six people.

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