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There are now a total of 16 states with lockdowns that have been put into place or are scheduled to go into place very soon this week.
By the time that all of the new orders go into effect more than 142 million people will be impacted by the lockdowns which means that 43% of our country will have restrictions put on travel and movement.
That’s a pretty staggering statistic.
Here’s a look at the 16 states that are currently on lockdown and when the lockdown will begin:
- California: started Thursday
- Illinois: started Saturday
- New Jersey: started Saturday
- New York: started Sunday
- Louisiana: started Monday
- Connecticut: started Monday
- Washington: started Monday
- Ohio: started Monday
- Oregon: started Monday
- New Mexico: effective Tuesday
- Massachusetts: effective Tuesday
- Delaware: effective Tuesday
- Michigan: effective Tuesday
- West Virginia: effective Tuesday
- Indiana: effective Tuesday
- Hawaii: effective Wednesday
These restrictions will continue to have a major economic impact on millions of Americans and businesses alike. The problem is that a lot of these lockdowns only allow essential businesses to carry on, such as grocery stores, gas stations, medical facilities, etc.
For those who work in places like the dining and shopping industries, this could mean no source of income. Many small businesses have already been forced to cut employees. And some are even predicting the unemployment rate could hit 30%.
We’re still waiting for the Senate to agree to a bipartisan deal (stimulus package) which would presumably help to offset the losses of millions of people and will be worth at least $2 trillion. But the Senate has failed to come to an agreement as of yet, though a deal will likely be reached Tuesday or Wednesday, according to a few sources.
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