Governors expand shutdowns amid coronavirus concerns

Some governors implement restrictions, others defer to mayors, local officials. Millions of workers sit idle as economic fears grow.

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March 17, 2020 - 9:47 AM

Gov. Laura Kelly

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A growing number of governors ordered a partial shutdown of their state economies Monday to limit the spread of the coronavirus, mandating that certain retailers cutoff sales, restaurants kick out diners and fitness centers close their doors.

In other states, governors deferred those decisions to mayors and other local officials who went even further. Six counties in the San Francisco Bay area ordered nearly 7 million residents to stay inside, allowing them to venture out only for necessities during a three-week period starting today. 

“This disease is a challenge unlike any we’ve experienced in our lifetimes,” Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday as she issued a ban on dining in at restaurants and followed several other governors in closing bars, movie theaters and gyms. “Fighting it will cause significant but temporary changes to our daily lives. … This is about saving lives.”

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