By The Blaze. San Bernardino County, the largest county in the United States, drastically increased public restrictions over the coronavirus pandemic in an order issued on Tuesday.
The order prohibited public church and other faith-based services, banned “driving parades” that have become popular online, and threatened violators with a $1,000 fine and possible jail time.
The order also formally commanded residents to wear face coverings in public areas.
“In an effort to protect the public from further spread of COVID-19, the County’s Acting Health Officer has formally ordered everyone in San Bernardino County to wear a face covering when leaving home,” the statement read.
The order recommended that families have their own Easter egg hunts at home. (Read more from “Largest County in the U.S. Threatens Churchgoers With $1,000 Fine and 90 Days in Jail” HERE)
Coronavirus: These U.S. States Refuse to Issue Stay-At-Home Orders
By Al Jazeera. Even as most Americans are under orders from their governor to stay at home to slow the spread of the coronavirus, leaders in a handful of states have steadfastly refused to take that action, arguing it is unneeded and could be harmful.
Nine governors have refused to issue statewide mandates that people stay at home, but local leaders have taken action in some of those states. North Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa and Arkansas are the only states where no one is under a stay-at-home order.
The lack of action from those governors – even as they take other steps such as closing schools and limiting the size of gatherings – has frustrated health experts and left some residents puzzled.
“If social distancing manoeuvres are going to work, they’re most likely going to work if you do them early,” said Arthur L Reingold, a professor and infectious disease expert at the University of California-Berkeley. “The longer you wait, the harder it is for them to have a substantial impact on transmission of the virus.”
That also has been the message of Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, who has said all states should have statewide orders that people remain at home. (Read more from “Coronavirus: These U.S. States Refuse to Issue Stay-At-Home Orders” HERE)