Updated Oct 31, 2020 - Health

A new round of coronavirus shutdowns hits the U.S. and Europe

A couple wearing protective face masks ride their bicycle in a deserted street before the 9pm city-wide night time curfew during the coronavirus
A couple wearing protective face masks ride their bicycle in a deserted street before the 9pm city-wide night time curfew during the coronavirus. Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images

Several U.S. cities and European governments imposed new restrictions Wednesday to curb the spikes in COVID-19 cases, such as closing restaurants, bars and limiting social gatherings.

In the U.S.:

  • Illinois' governor banned indoor dining and drinking in Chicago.
  • New York Mayor Bill de Blasio implored residents not to travel out of state during the holiday season, noting that many other parts of the country have "skyrocketing levels of the coronavirus," the Washington Post reports.
  • Denver tightened its restaurant and social gathering restrictions as the state asked the city's schools to consider hybrid or all virtual learning.
  • El Paso announced a two-week shutdown of nonessential services starting Thursday as the city's hospitals hit capacity and medical workers are overwhelmed, according to the El Paso Times.

Internationally:

  • Austria announced a four-week nighttime curfew and the closure of cafes, bars and restaurants as coronavirus infections as another surge of new coronavirus infection
  • Greece announced that most of the country will resume a coronavirus lockdown starting Tuesday, including closing restaurants, bars, cafes, movie theaters and gyms.
  • Belgium is enforcing a strict lockdown starting Sunday amid rising coronavirus infections, hospital admissions and a surge of deaths.
  • France reached a record level of more than 50,000 new confirmed cases in a 24-hour period over the weekend. Non-essential businesses, including bars and restaurants, will close, while schools and factories will remain open.
  • Germany will close bars and restaurants nationwide for most of November.
  • Russia imposed a mask mandate Tuesday.
  • Belgium has the highest coronavirus infection rate in the EU, as the country debates imposing a new national lockdown.
  • Italy's restrictions on restaurants, gyms, pools and theaters in the Lombardy and Campania regions has been met with protests, per AP.
  • Portugal's government placed lockdown restrictions on most of the country, including to stay-at-home orders except for work, school or shopping. It order companies to switch to remote working, according to Reuters.
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