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A look back at the government’s responses to the coronavirus pandemic, from August 10 to 14, 2020 – Ballotpedia News


Although the first case of COVID-19 in the United States was confirmed on January 21, 2020, it was not until March that the new coronavirus turned the lives of most Americans upside down. Throughout the year, states issued stay-at-home orders, closed schools, restricted travel, issued mask warrants and changed election dates.

Here are the policy changes that occurred from August 10 to 14, 2020. To learn more about our past coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, click on here.

Monday August 10, 2020

  1. Home orders and reopening plans:
  2. The Minnesota Department of Health has issued guidelines for reopening long-term care facilities. Establishments without exposure to COVID-19 in the past 28 days have been allowed to consider reopening to visitors.
  3. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) has released new guidelines for gyms and fitness centers in counties in phase two or phase three of the state’s plan to reopen. The guidelines required gyms and fitness centers to allocate at least 300 square feet of space per guest. For gyms or fitness centers over 12,000 square feet, guidelines limited occupancy to 25%.
  4. Electoral changes:
  5. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) issued an executive order authorizing the Maryland State Board of Elections to operate a limited number of centralized voting centers in lieu of constituency polling stations for in-person voting in the November 3 general election .
  6. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) issued an executive order directing election officials to accept mail-in ballots stamped by August 11 and delivered by August 13. The order only applied to the primary elections of August 11.
  7. Deportation and seizure policies
  8. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (R) extended the statewide moratorium on evictions and foreclosures until September 5.
  9. Colorado Governor Jared Polis (D) has expanded the requirement that landlords must give late-paying tenants 30 days’ notice before they begin eviction proceedings. Polis extended the requirement by 30 days.

Tuesday 11 August 2020

  1. Travel restrictions:
  2. Govt. Ned Lamont (D-Conn.), Phil Murphy (DN.J.) and Andrew Cuomo (DN.Y.) announced that Hawaii, South Dakota and the U.S. Virgin Islands have been added to the quarantine list of three states. Travelers from the states on the list were required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon entering New York, New Jersey or Connecticut. Governors removed Alaska, New Mexico, Ohio and Rhode Island from the list due to a drop in coronavirus cases.
  3. Federal government responses:
  4. The Trump administration, including the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense, announced a $ 1.5 billion deal with pharmaceutical company Moderna Inc. to develop and supply 100 million doses of ‘a vaccine against the coronavirus.
  5. Changes in state courts:
  6. Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold Melton has issued an order extending the state’s state of judicial emergency, which was scheduled to expire from August 11 to September 10. Jury trials and most grand jury proceedings remained prohibited.

Wednesday August 12, 2020

  1. Electoral changes:
  2. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose (right) has asked each county electoral council to provide a drop box for mail / mail ballots in the November 3 general election.
  3. The Maryland State Council of Elections voted to hold an early vote from Oct. 26 to Nov. 2 at about 80 polling centers statewide. The council also announced plans to make available statewide at least 127 ballot boxes for mail / mail ballots.
  4. School closures and reopenings:
  5. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (D) signed an executive order on Aug. 12 allowing public and private K-12 schools, colleges and universities to offer in-person classes when they reopen. The ordinance allowed schools to decide whether to offer distance learning, in-person instruction or a hybrid approach. Schools that could meet the requirements set by the New Jersey Department of Education had to start the school year remotely.
  6. Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo (D) announced on August 12 that she was postponing the start of the school year until September 14.
  7. Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn said on Aug. 12 that the Tennessee Department of Education is encouraging school districts to impose face coverings on high school and high school students.
  8. Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon (R) issued a revised public health order that extended restrictions on restaurants, bars, gyms and performance spaces through the end of the month. The ordinance also eased restrictions on outdoor gatherings from August 16. New restrictions on outdoor gatherings allowed venues to accommodate up to 50% of their capacity, with a maximum of 1,000 as long as social distancing was respected.

Thursday August 13, 2020

  1. Electoral changes:
  2. The United States Supreme Court has rejected a request by the Republican National Committee and the Republican Party of Rhode Island to block a consent decree suspending witness / notary requirements for mail-in ballots cast in Rhode’s election Island in 2020.
  3. Deportation and seizure policies
  4. The California Judicial Council, the decision-making body of the California justice system, voted 19 to 1 to end its emergency moratorium on evictions and foreclosure lawsuits on September 1. Rules passed by council in April suspended all pending court foreclosure actions and stopped courts from issuing notices to tenants.

Friday August 14, 2020

  1. Electoral changes:
  2. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) has announced that the state will automatically send mail-out ballots to all voters in the Nov. 3 general election.
  3. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear (R) and Secretary of State Michael Adams (R) announced several changes for the November 3 general election, including extending the right to vote by mail / mail to all voters who they said was COVID-19[FEMININE”[FEMININE”
  4. Federal government responses:
  5. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Defense (DoD) announced a partnership with healthcare firm McKesson Corporation to help distribute a coronavirus vaccine when available.
  6. Deportation and seizure policies
  7. Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb (R) ‘s moratorium on deportations and seizures has ended, allowing deportation and seizure prosecutions to resume. Holcomb originally issued the order on March 20.
  8. School closures and reopenings:
  9. Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (right) released the Arkansas Ready to Learn Healthy School Guide. The document was a supportive guide for teachers and administrators created in partnership with the Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the University of Arkansas School for Medical Sciences. The guide describes best practices for in-person learning. Schools were allowed to reopen on August 24.

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