Arizona has abruptly reversed the course of reopening its economy, as coronavirus cases increase across the country.
The state governor ordered the closure of bars, nightclubs, gyms, cinemas and water parks.
Florida and Texas also made U-turns with relaxing restrictions, as the entire Sun Sun Belt region becomes a new epicenter of viruses.
At least 16 US states have stopped or reopened reopenings as their cases of infection increase.
Some jurisdictions are closing for the impending Independence Day weekend, amid fears that crowded beaches and bars could fuel new outbreaks.
Governor Doug Ducey’s directive – which will apply until at least July 27 – also prohibits meetings of more than 50 people in Arizona.
The order came a day after the state set a one-day record for new cases of coronavirus at 3,858.
“Our expectation is that our numbers next week will be worse,” Governor Ducey, a Republican, said in a press interview.
“We won’t be back to normal anytime soon.”
Arizona home stay requests were raised in mid-May, according to criteria set by the White House, allowing businesses to reopen.
What action is being taken elsewhere?
Republican governors of Texas and Florida stepped on the brakes when they reopened last Friday, when they closed the bars and imposed further restrictions as the number of virus cases increased to record levels.
On Monday, Kansas and Oregon joined an increasing number of U.S. states that require everyone to wear masks in public.
On Monday, New Jersey announced that it would postpone the resumption of indoor meals because people were disregarding social detachment guidelines and not wearing masks.
The city of Jacksonville, Florida, where President Donald Trump plans to accept the Republican nomination in August, announced on Monday that face coatings should be used indoors.
Los Angeles County – the most populous in California, which has seen a significant increase in virus cases recently – banned all fireworks over the weekend of July 4 and said it would close the beaches.
Meanwhile, New York – formerly the epicenter of the virus in the U.S. – has announced its lowest number of hospitalizations and deaths since the pandemic began.
“You remember once that we had 800 deaths a day,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. “Today we have eight.”