The state hadn’t shut down some services or businesses that other states did, such as parks or outdoor construction. But Gov. Ned Lamont acknowledged the financial costs of the restrictions the state did have.
“I’m afraid there could be a sea change,” he told CNN’s “New Day” on Tuesday, when asked if he calculated how many small businesses might not be able to recover.
“We’ll see whether people feel comfortable going back to restaurants. Maybe there will be more takeout. The world will change.”
Yet as of Tuesday, at least 17 states have recorded a clear upward trend of average new daily cases — a rise of at least 10% — over the past seven days, according to an analysis based on data from Johns Hopkins University.
So far, more than 1.51 million people in the United States have been infected and at least 90,432 have died, according to Johns Hopkins.
Just how loosened restrictions will impact coronavirus cases won’t be evident for a while.
Experts have said it may take weeks to begin seeing the effects of more people being out and about. And public health officials warned those effects may translate to thousands more deaths across the country and a second spike of cases.
Steps that governments did take to shut parts of the economy to slow the virus led to soaring unemployment — more than 36 million people have lost their jobs since the middle of March.
Some universities will have in-person classes, but end them by Thanksgiving
A growing number of universities are rolling out plans for what fall semester will look like.
At least five said this week that they will have in-person classes this fall — but also that they’ll skip fall break and stop those classes by Thanksgiving.
In general, these schools are hoping to minimize the number of mass exits and mass returns — when students may pick up the virus elsewhere and bring it to campus.
“The best information is that these viruses tend to return around the winter, particularly in possibly late November, December, maybe January. And so we wanted to be prepared for that,” Rice President David Leebron said Tuesday.
These and other schools planning for in-person instruction generally have talked about plans for diagnostic testing for Covid-19, isolating ill students, and keeping students more apart than usual in classes.
“I think students are so excited and so grateful to hear that Rice is willing to do everything that they can to get students back on campus safely,” Anna Margaret Clyburn, a rising senior and president of Rice’s student body association, said Tuesday.
New York’s Ithaca College, meanwhile, said it also will have in-person classes this fall, but the semester won’t start until October 5, because it needs “necessary time for all of us to plan,” President Shirley Collado said.
Reopenings across the US
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that his state will allow Memorial Day ceremonies of up to 10 people — and that he hopes if they do happen, they’re broadcast “in their areas so people can be part of honoring that tradition.”
Earlier, he said New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Connecticut would all be opening their beaches Friday, ahead of Memorial Day celebrations.
The city of Miami on Wednesday will follow much of the rest of the Florida by allowing retailers to open at 50% capacity, with requirements including face coverings.
Texas intends to soon reopen more of its businesses. Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday that child care centers, bars, bowling alleys, rodeos and bingo centers will be allowed to reopen this week.
By the end of the week, restaurants can increase to 50% capacity — compared to 25% when measures were first lifted. Bars, wine tasting rooms and craft breweries can open at 25% capacity, according to the governor.
The state reported its highest single-day jump of new cases over the weekend, according to numbers released by Texas Department of State Health Services. But on Monday, officials announced the state’s lowest daily death toll since late March — a total of 11 new fatalities.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday that some outdoor activities in places such as golf driving and shooting ranges, tennis clubs, and community gardens would be allowed to resume with certain restrictions.
The state has recorded the second-highest number of coronavirus cases with more than 148,200 infections, according to Johns Hopkins.
CNN’s Carma Hassan, Rebekah Riess, Yon Pomrenze, Katie Lobosco, Chris Boyette, Brad Parks, Elizabeth Cohen, Leslie Perrot and Konstantin Toropin, contributed to this report.