COVID-19: U.S. Northeast States Discourage Travel; California Rebuffs Theme Parks | Top News

COVID-19: U.S. Northeast States Discourage Journey; California Rebuffs Theme Parks | High Information

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By Jonathan Allen and Dan Whitcomb

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York, New Jersey and Connecticut on Tuesday urged their residents to not journey between the three states because the U.S. Northeast sees an increase in COVID-19 instances, whereas California stated main theme parks together with Disneyland wouldn’t be opening anytime quickly.

The strikes in two of probably the most populous areas of the USA got here throughout a brand new surge in coronavirus infections. The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention stated 300,000 extra individuals had died nationwide in 2020 than in a typical 12 months.

The CDC stated about two-thirds of these deaths had been precipitated instantly by COVID-19 sicknesses. The well being company didn’t present particular explanations for the remainder of the fatalities, however stated it expects them to be associated to coronavirus.

The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, all Democrats, in a joint assertion urged “all of our residents to keep away from pointless or non-essential journey between states presently.”

The governors, nevertheless, stated they’d not try and impose quarantines on guests from neighboring states. New York, an early epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic and residential to extra COVID-19 deaths than every other state, requires vacationers from 38 states and two U.S. territories the place instances are rising to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania now additionally meet New York’s standards for the quarantine necessities, Governor Andrew Cuomo stated, however implementing such restrictions could be impractical.


In California, which makes use of a posh, color-coded tiered system to find out when every of the state’s 58 counties might reopen, well being secretary Mark Ghaly stated main theme parks should wait till their residence county reaches the bottom rank of the system to reopen.

On the lowest stage of the system, every day instances of the coronavirus should quantity lower than one per 100,000 individuals. Along with Disneyland, the choice impacts Comcast Corp’s Common Studios, Legoland and Knott’s Berry Farm, which all closed down in mid-March. All 4 parks are positioned in Southern California, with each Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm in Orange County.

“These State pointers will preserve us shuttered for the foreseeable future,” Ken Potrock, president of Disneyland Resort, stated in a press release.

Disney, which in September introduced it was shedding 28,000 workers, largely at its U.S. theme parks, has pleaded with Governor Gavin Newsom to loosen up his clampdown.

Ghaly conceded throughout a day information briefing that Disneyland’s reopening may very well be far off, with most Southern California counties nonetheless caught within the high two most restrictive tiers of the state’s system.

“We do imagine that it’s potential. It should require a whole lot of work, a whole lot of vigilance,” Ghaly stated.

(Reporting by Jonathan Allen in New York, Vishwadha Chander in Bengaluru, Dan Whitcomb and Lisa Richwine in Los Angeles; enhancing by Invoice Tarrant and Leslie Adler)

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