Second round of lockdowns and stay-at-home orders “not likely”

CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY) – White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx answered several questions after a roundtable meeting this morning, including those about the probability of more restrictions.

Birx says lockdowns seen in areas like Los Angeles are not likely, nor are stay-at-home orders to the extent Americans saw them this spring.

She uses Arizona as an example, describing an uptick in cases due to Memorial Day travel. To stop the spread of the virus throughout the state, Arizona officials mandated masks, limited restaurant capacities and closed bars and gyms.

“We know now that you don’t need to lock down,” said Dr. Birx. “You can find a way forward, but it required every Arizonan. If people hadn’t complied and they had parties in their backyard like we have seen across many of the states that are ‘red states,’ that has created super-spreader events and that continues to spread the virus in the community.”

Arizona retail businesses also required masks, further urging customers to follow the mandate.

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