Bars in Florida, Texas, and Arizona close after employees tested positive amid spike in new coronavirus cases
At Sea World Orlando, an invited guest will have their temperature measured before attending a media preview on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, before the guests officially reopen on Thursday.
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Several bars in cities such as St. Petersburg, Florida, Austin, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona, announced that they would close temporarily after employees tested positive for COVID-19.
The closings occur weeks after the states reopened as some states saw new increases in infections and hospitalizations.
Although Texas, one of the first states to reopen early last month, announced its biggest surge in infections in one day, it has no plans to stop its reopening process.
Dr. Anthony Fauci spoke out this week to ease the concerns about a second wave of the novel coronavirus, which he called "not inevitable" thanks to increased testing and other skills.
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In some U.S. cities, nightclubs had to be closed after employees tested positive for the novel corona virus, as concerns across multiple states raised concerns about plans reopening.
Three bars in St. Petersburg, Florida, close temporarily after some employees test positive, the Tampa Bay Times reported. None of the bars offered a schedule for reopening when they refurbished the restaurants and tested their employees. This is evident from the Times' social media contributions.
Similarly, nine bars and restaurants in and around Austin, Texas and at least eight in the Phoenix, Arizona region announced that they would be temporarily closed after employees tested positive for COVID-19 in the past few weeks.
Reports of closed nightlife in cities across the country are in the midst of an alarming surge in new infections and hospitalizations due to the novel corona virus, as officials have expressed concern about residents flocking to newly opened public places without the CDC's recommended caution allow .
Although many Americans were keen to return to normal life as early as possible after a two-month curfew and warm weather, public health experts warned in May that reopening early could have serious health consequences.
On May 1, Texas was one of the states leading the reopening of the company after the Corona virus was blocked, allowing restaurants to operate at 25% capacity.
A month and a half later, Texas announced the highest number of new cases on June 12. That same week, Austin reported a local increase in cases.
The statesman reported that city health officials pointed to "risk behaviors," such as ignoring recommendations about wearing masks and social distance, which are responsible for the increase in cases.
"This disease has not gone away, despite what people see on social media and hear on TV," said Dr. Mark Escott, the Austin-Travis County Health Department, the statesman.
Although more than 2,100 people in the state have been hospitalized with COVID-19 since Friday, the state does not plan to change its reopening plans.
Concerns about the number of local cases are at odds with US national numbers, where the number of cases has generally declined, but are an expected part of reopening stores in the US, Dr. Anthony Fauci told Canada's CBC News, Reuters reported.
"We also went down with cases overall," said Fauci. "But I think what you mentioned about some states that are now increasing in numbers is taking a break and a little bit of concern."
Fauci told CNN on June 12 that recent increases in several states don't necessarily indicate a "second spike" in infections and seasonal resurgence is "not inevitable" thanks to expanded resources such as testing.
"It is not inevitable that you will have a so-called 'second wave' in the fall, or even a massive surge if you approach it properly," he said.
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