Governors who quickly reopened backpedal as virus surges (06/26/20)
Category: News & PoliticsVia: krishna • 2 weeks ago • 9 comments
By: Paul J, Weber
Gov. Greg Abbott addresses a news conference at the State Capitol in Austin, Texas, about the coronavirus pandemic Monday, June 22, 2020. Abbott said he has no plans to shut down the state again.. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — When Texas began lifting coronavirus restrictions, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott didn’t wear a mask. He wouldn’t let mayors enact extra precautions during one of America’s swiftest efforts to reopen. He pointed out that the White House backed his plan and gave assurances there were safe ways to go out again.
Two months later, a sharp reversal is unfolding as the number of confirmed infections surges.
The backpedaling is not just in Texas, where Abbott ordered bars to shut down again Friday and scaled back restaurant dining and is now urgently telling people to stay home. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, also a Republican, did the same, declaring the state “on pause” as hospitals accelerate toward capacity.
As an alarming coronavirus resurgence sets records for confirmed cases and hospitalizations across the U.S. South and West, governors are retreating to measures they once resisted and striking a more urgent tone.