Some States Begin Easing Lockdowns

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Some States Begin Easing Lockdowns

Across the nation, governors are issuing orders that roll back some of the restrictions put in place to reduce the coronavirus infection rate.


With people agitating to return to work, governors in 14 states are allowing some businesses to re-open today. The details differ in each state, but all of them are ending some of the social distancing restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus.


These governors and their supporters say that it is time to stop the economic damage caused by stay-at-home orders. They argue that if people feel comfortable returning to work, then they should be allowed to do so in certain instances. Many states are requiring individuals to continue practicing some sort of safety measures, such as wearing masks or maintaining a distance from others.


Some are criticizing these efforts, however. They say that the coronavirus is not contained, and allowing more contact between people will lead to more deaths. They argue that the governors allowing businesses to open are putting lives at risk, and are also risking future economic problems in the coming months.


Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is a notable exception to this movement to ease restrictions. She has extended her state’s lockdown orders until the end of May, and vowed to veto any attempt by the legislature to challenger her decision. Protesters appeared at the state capitol this week in opposition to voice opposition to her orders, which are among the strictest in the nation.


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