Amid an alarming resurgence of coronavirus cases nationwide, leaders in several states are backtracking on reopening plans and ordering residents to wear masks in public.
Arizona, Texas, Florida and California are re-closing beaches and bars in some cases. Governors in Oregon and Kansas announced Monday new face mask requirements while in New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy said he’s postponing the restarting of indoor dining because people have not been wearing face masks or complying with recommendations for social distancing.
In Jacksonville, Florida, where President Donald Trump plans to accept the Republican nomination in August, city officials said Monday coverings must be worn in "situations where individuals cannot socially distance." Trump has refused to wear a mask during visits to states and businesses that require them. Republican Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, on a conference call with Vice President Mike Pence and members of the White House coronavirus task force, asked Pence and Trump to issue a national call to wear masks.
But so far there has been little direction from the federal government in the fight against the coronavirus. White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said Monday the president’s advice is to "do whatever your local jurisdiction requests of you."
The U.S. leads the world in coronavirus cases, with nearly 2.6 million infections and over 126,000 deaths, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University .
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