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Michigan and Washington Issue New COVID-19 Restrictions as Cases in U.S. Top 11 Million

Michigan and Washington are the latest states in the U.S. to issue tougher measures as coronavirus cases in the North American nation exceed 11 million.

Michigan and Washington are the latest states in the U.S. to issue tougher measures as coronavirus cases in the North American nation exceed 11 million.

On Sunday, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s administration ordered the management of high schools and colleges to suspend in-person classes and prohibited indoor dining at restaurants and bars. 

Residents are also not allowed to engage in organized games, such as football and playoffs, as the government attempts to stem the rapid surge of coronavirus cases.

The fresh measures, that are set to last for three weeks, also prohibited residents from holding indoor and outdoor gatherings, ordered the closure of some entertainment facilities and forbade gyms from carrying out group exercise sessions.

“As hard as those first months were for our state, these next few are going to be even harder,” Whitmer said during a press briefing.

Starting on Nov. 17, Washington Governor Jay Inslee has also mandated entertainment centers in the state to halt their indoor services. Retailing stores, including grocery stores, would be required to limit their indoor capacity to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection.

Residents in Washington would be prohibited from holding multiple-household, indoor social gatherings unless attendees have undergone 14-day self-isolation or tested negative for COVID-19 and quarantined for seven days.

Starting on Nov. 18, bars and restaurants in the state would again be limited to outdoor dining and to-go service.

The sweeping new rules came as Texas and California also enforced stricter regulations last week after hitting more than 1 million COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic outbreak.

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