The Trump administration is discussing encouraging a “curfew” nationwide for non-essential businesses. Those businesses would be encouraged to close by a certain given time every evening to help combat the coronavirus pandemic.
If a curfew is put into place it would focus on bars, malls, and restaurants. Grocery stores and pharmacies would not be affected by the curfew. The curfew, if put into place, would have to be enforced at a local level.
A source within the Trump administration told CNN that a curfew could be strongly encouraged at the state level.
Katie Miller, Vice President Mike Pence’s spokesperson, disputes that there is any current discussion about a curfew.
“A curfew is not on the table,” Miller stated on Monday morning.
Miller went on to state that curfews would not be part of the guidelines presented by the Trump administration coronavirus task force during Trump’s video teleconference with governors that took place Monday morning.
The discussion about curfews comes on the heels of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommending limiting public gatherings to less than 50 people.
In New Jersey residents are no longer allowed to travel between the hours of 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. ET, with the exception of essential travel.
On Monday, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut announced a ban on gatherings of more than 50 people. The three states are also closing casinos, gyms and movie theaters at 8 p.m.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer just signed an executive order that temporarily closes public accommodation places like bars, casinos, gyms, and theaters until the end of the month. She has also limited restaurants to a drive-thru and carryout only.
In Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has limited any gathering to no more than 25 people.