States reimpose extensive COVID-19 restrictions

Three states are set to reimpose some of the most extensive coronavirus-related restrictions amid a nationwide spike of infections and hospitalizations.

Where: Oregon, New Mexico and Vermont have decided to take differing levels of drastic action, in recognition of the fact that COVID-19 is spreading uncontrolled across the country.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) on Friday announced a two week long “freeze” that will close certain businesses and dramatically reduce capacity of indoor spaces.

Brown’s plan, which will begin next Wednesday, will limit all bars and restaurants to takeout only, close all gyms, prohibit indoor and outdoor gatherings to no more than six people from two different households, cap capacity at grocery stores and pharmacies at 75 percent, and allow churches and faith groups to accommodate indoor crowds of no more than 25 people, or 50 people outside.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) is going even further.

The state is going to hit the “reset” button, Lujan Grisham said. From Nov. 16 through Nov. 30, all non-essential businesses will be closed, and residents are being urged to stay at home.

Essential businesses, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, child care facilities and more, will be forced to “minimize operations and in-person staffing to the greatest extent possible,” although they may remain open.

The lone GOP: In Vermont, Gov. Phil Scott is one of the lone Republican governors reimposing harsh restrictions. Effective at 10 p.m. Saturday, the state is prohibiting multiple-household gatherings, both inside and outside. All restaurants have to close in-person dining at 10 p.m., and must provide seated dining service only to no more than one household per table.