Will COVID-19 curfews help slow the surge of cases?

Will COVID-19 curfews help slow the surge of cases?

WASHINGTON — As coronavirus cases surge, states and cities across the nation are ramping up restrictions. Some places are imposing curfews, but do they make sense?

From New Jersey, where officials are tightening restrictions on social gatherings, all the way to California, where a mandatory curfew for all non-essential businesses takes effect Friday in Los Angeles County -- Americans are seeing a resurgence of measures to reign in COVID-19.

“We are seeing community spread broadly now through throughout the state of California,” said California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

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With curfews, the thinking is that as the night wears on, people are more likely to crowd into bars and not wear masks.

Dr. William Hanage, an epidemiologist at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health, tells USA Today that he doubts curfews do much to curb infections.

Hanage says quote, “Curtailing the evening for dining by an hour or so isn’t likely to make a very large impact.”

He worries that people kicked out of bars and restaurants due to curfews will gather in small, airless areas where the risk of infection will be even higher.

Ohio Governor, Mike DeWine, ordered a new curfew this week saying he wants people home by 10 p.m.

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