At least 17 states had reportedly paused or rolled back their phased reopening plans as of Monday to forestall the growing coronavirus outbreaks across the country.
On Monday, New Jersey decided against allowing indoor dining despite a low case count.
The governors’ decision to alter their reopening plans came after Dr. Anthony Fauci, America’s top infectious disease expert and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, told lawmakers last week that states facing a surge in coronavirus infections many not need to reimpose an “absolute shutdown.”
He said states facing growing coronavirus troubles might need to pause the rollback of their reopening plans without necessarily going back to a complete shutdown.
“I don’t think they necessarily need to go back to lockdown,” Fauci testified, referring to states experiencing a surge in infections.