New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced Monday that inland state meals will not resume this week due to the increasing number of coronavirus cases across the country.
Murphy, a Democrat, tweeted that despite plans to allow diners to eat inside starting Thursday, the state will suspend that part of the gradual reopening amid the pandemic.
“We had planned to loosen the restrictions this week. However, after # COVID19 spikes in other states fueled, in part, by the return of indoor food, we have decided to postpone indoor food indefinitely, ”Murphy tweeted.
Murphy said he decided to make the decision not to allow meals to resume indoors after seeing reports of overcrowding, a disregard for social estrangement, and few masked people in restaurants across the state.
“I recognize that there are many more establishments whose owners, managers, and clients have been responsible, and they have lived up to not only the guidance we’ve published, but also the spirit of the community to help protect customers and residents.” said.
“The neglect of one establishment can completely undo the good work of many others,” he added. “We will not tolerate atypical bars and restaurants, and frankly, customers who think the rules don’t apply to them. They are the ones who screw it up for everyone else. “
The measure in New Jersey, one of the states hit hardest by COVID-19 during the early days of the pandemic, comes as other states are reconsidering their phased openings as the number of reported coronavirus cases rose to near record levels. in the United States week.
California Governor Gavin Newsom on Sunday ordered the closing of bars in counties like Los Angeles, and recommended closings in other counties as the state experiences a drastic increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19.
The order of Newsom, a Democrat, affected Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, San Joaquin, Tulare and Los Angeles counties, the most populous in the United States. State officials have asked at least eight other counties to issue local health orders to close bars.
“COVID-19 is still circulating in California and in some parts of the state, growing stronger,” Newsom announced in a written statement. “So it is critical that we take this step to limit the spread of the virus in counties that are experiencing the largest increases.”
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On Thursday, Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott said the state would pause a reopening plan that made the state one of the first to lift closure orders. Texas has reported more than 11,000 new cases in the past two days, and the number of patients with COVID-19 has more than doubled in the past two weeks.
Along with California, troubling waves in confirmed cases have worsened in several states that set single-day records for new cases last week, including Arizona, Florida, Mississippi, Nevada, Texas, and Oklahoma. Some of those states also broke hospitalization records, as did North Carolina and South Carolina.
More than 128,000 deaths have been attributed to the virus in the United States, the highest number in the world, and more than 2.59 million confirmed infections across the country. The computer model of the University of Washington outbreak, widely cited last week, projected nearly 180,000 deaths by Oct. 1.
Bradford Betz and The Associated Press of Fox News contributed to this report.