Many congressional Republicans are throwing their assist behind using masks and sturdy testing as coronavirus circumstances spike in some GOP-led states, taking a extra pressing stance on the matter than President Trump.
The shift comes as new coronavirus cases hit a daily record of practically 40,000 on Thursday, and Republican governors took new measures to cease its unfold. On Friday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott required bars to shut at midday aside from supply and takeout. In Arizona, state coverage initially didn’t mandate face coverings, however GOP Gov. Doug Ducey just lately let local governments make their own rules, paving the way in which for cities and counties to require their use.
Confronted with rising infections and hospitalizations, many GOP lawmakers representing a swath of southern and western states are more and more urging their constituents to put on masks, socially distance and get examined.
“I don’t assist one other lockdown—that harm our financial system so dangerous,” mentioned Rep. Debbie Lesko (R., Ariz.). She mentioned she attended Mr. Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Okla., final weekend carrying an N95 masks—which blocks 95% of very small airborne particles—as a result of lots of the attendees had no face coverings. “If we’ve got to go round carrying masks, possibly that’s the reply.”