Europe reopened to visitors from 14 countries on Tuesday, June 30 – but not the United States where the COVID-19 coronavirus is resurging.
States that pushed hardest and earliest to reopen their economies are now in retreat due to a surge in confirmed coronavirus infections. On Monday, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey closed bars, gyms, movie theaters and water parks, and officials in Republican and Democratic strongholds alike mandated the wearing of masks.
The European Union’s decision not to allow Americans to visit came the following day. The ban on visitors also applies to China, Russia, Brazil, India and other countries where virus cases are on the rise.
President Donald Trump suspended the entry of most Europeans in March.
The coronavirus has been blamed for over a half-million deaths worldwide, including about 130,000 in the U.S., where the number of confirmed infections has skyrocketed over the past month to around 40,000 per day, primarily in the South and West. A large share of the cases are among young people who are going out again to bars and restaurants.
On the same day as the EU’s decision, Dr. Anthony Fauci, leading infectious disease expert in the U.S., warned that the number of new daily COVID-19 cases in the country could surpass 100,000 if Americans don’t start following public health recommendations regarding the virus.
States such as Texas, Florida and California are backtracking their economic reopening by closing beaches and bars or rolling back restaurant restrictions in some cases. Arizona’s daily new cases have surpassed the 3,000 mark and are expected to continue to rise.
Also Monday, Los Angeles announced it will close beaches and ban fireworks displays over the Fourth of July. And New Jersey’s governor said he is postponing the restarting of indoor dining because people have not been wearing masks or complying with other social-distancing rules.
In Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has not opened anything new since June 5.
On Monday, June 29, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported 236 new cases and four new deaths associated with coronavirus, pushing state totals to 63,497 known cases of COVID-19 and 5,915 deaths.
Monday’s new cases were fewer than the seven-day moving average, which has climbed to 290 new cases per day. The four new deaths were less than the seven-day average of seven deaths per day, marking a continued downward trend.
CORONAVIRUS PREVENTION TIPS
In addition to washing hands regularly and not touching your face, officials recommend practicing social distancing, assuming anyone may be carrying the virus.
Health officials say you should be staying at least 6 feet away from others and working from home, if possible.
Use disinfecting wipes or disinfecting spray cleaners on frequently-touched surfaces in your home (door handles, faucets, countertops) and carry hand sanitizer with you when you go into places like stores.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has also issued an executive order requiring people to wear face coverings over their mouth and nose while inside enclosed, public spaces.