Increase in coronavirus cases in U.S. forcing businesses to rethink plans to reopen

by Bryan Brammer · Jun 25th, 2020 2:33 pm
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Last Updated Jun 26th, 2020 at 9:35 am

The recent spike in coronavirus cases in parts of the U.S. has caused some businesses to rethink plans to reopen as states implement new restrictions to curb the spread of the virus.

Government health officials believe more than 20 million Americans could have contracted coronavirus, according to senior administration officials.

The estimate, provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is based on the number of officially confirmed cases — around 2.3 million — and the average rate of antibodies seen in serology tests.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday pumped the brakes on the state's reopening plans and issued an executive order requiring all hospitals in four counties to suspend elective procedures to increase capacity.

"The last thing we want to do as a state is go backwards and close down businesses," Abbott said in a statement. "This temporary pause will help our state corral the spread until we can safely enter the next phase of opening our state for business."

Some cities in Texas have told business owners to make masks mandatory for its customers.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he would delay the reopening of shopping malls, movie theaters, and gyms.

The Walt Disney Company said it would delay the reopening of its Disneyland Resort and is also considering postponing its July 24 release of "Mulan," a source familiar with the situation reported.

"Given the time required for us to bring thousands of cast members back to work and restart our business, we have no choice but to delay the reopening of our theme parks and resort hotels until we receive approval from government officials," the company said.


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