The whole world is changing, and so are the companies and the economy. He said he loved having his customers back and just that feeling of walking around serving people and being a productive business owner. California made the move after several solid weeks of dealing with a rising number of coronavirus cases and deaths. As of July 13, the state has recorded 336,508 coronavirus cases and more than 7,087 deaths. In Los Angeles County, there are more than 136,357 confirmed cases and 3,824 deaths as of July 14, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Gov. Greg Gianforte, a Republican, rolled back the horde antiques restrictions put in place by former Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat. Limits on business capacity and gatherings were lifted in January, while a statewide mask mandate was allowed to expire on Feb. 12. Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican, reopened all businesses in early May 2020, with social distancing rules, and later lifted all restrictions. Most recently, Mr. Parson directed all state workers to return to their offices for in-person work by May 17.
Oklahoma was among the first states to lift restrictions, in June 2020. Nearly a year later, Gov. Kevin Stitt, a Republican, lifted the state of emergency, effective May 4. Gov. J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, moved the state into Phase 5 of reopening, which removed capacity limits, on June 11. The state’s emergency declaration expired in February, replacing the few mandated restrictions with advisories. Gov. Mike Dunleavy, a Republican, has also issued an order clarifying that vaccination will not be a requirement for traveling to Alaska. —Further reopening plans will be announced before the current executive order expires on July 4.
The U.S. is now regularly reporting over 40,000 new cases a day, far more than what the old highs were during the first major coronavirus surge in March and April. Some businesses have been requiring customers and employees to sign a waiversaying they won’t sue if they get sick. But whether they can be enforced varies by state and is open to debate. Employee issues will likely be covered by worker’s compensation insurance. But what if a venue puts up a sign encouraging masks, then doesn’t enforce it and a customer falls ill? It could be a year or two before courts sort that out, Parker said.
See our live coverage of the coronavirus outbreak for the latest news. “The silver lining of this is that people are waking up to this and this may be a tipping point for those who have been hesitant,” National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins told CNN on Sunday. “That’s what desperately needs to happen if we’re going to get this delta variant put back in its place, because right now it’s having a pretty big party in the middle of the country.”
Some states continue to require the use of masks for unvaccinated people, and some governors are still mandating that businesses observe social distancing rules, even as they lift capacity limits. Apple announced on Wednesday that it would start requiring employees and customers to wear masks regardless of their vaccination status in more than half of its stores. Already, more than 250 lawsuits have been filed against U.S. businesses nationwide over coronavirus, including from employees who say they were terminated after they tested positive. Newsom had previously ordered Los Angeles County and eight others to shut down at the beginning of July.
Individual orders like pizza slices and sandwiches also took a hit. There were no obvious options to bolster the company’s prepared food sales. Based on inaccurate information from the New Mexico Department of Health, an earlier version of this story misstated the status of bowling alleys in that state. Gov. Henry McMaster, a Republican, ended the state of emergency in early June, lifting the remaining restrictions.
Also on Monday, both the Los Angeles Unified School District and San Diego Unified School District announced they wouldn’t reopen schools when classes resume August 18. Indeed, experience alone gives businesses a type of resilience. Those that reacted to the pandemic, whether by pivoting to new business lines or navigating bureaucracies to get a PPP loan, can fall back on their knowledge the next time disaster strikes. An earlier version of this article misstated the status of a curfew in Virginia. As of March 1, 2021, the curfew was lifted, not still in place.
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