Protesters march after Lengthy Seaside imposed new restrictions on residents and companies to gradual the COVID-19 surge
Dozens of Moncton residents protested in the streets after the city put new COVID-19 restrictions in place on Wednesday in response to the recent surge in coronavirus cases.
The number of cases, which stood at 16,786 on Tuesday, is rising rapidly, according to a city press release.
“Since November 1st, the average number of new cases has increased by 313%, a much steeper curve than in the city during the summer surge,” read part of the press release.
Moncton hospital stays have increased 413% since Nov. 1, according to the city.
The city hopes new restrictions will help keep these numbers down.
New restrictions on Wednesday include:
- The non-essential retail and salon capacity is now limited to 25%.
- Gyms, museums and gardens can only be operated outdoors
- Playgrounds can remain open, but no more than two households can use the devices at the same time
- Masks and social distancing are required at all times
By order of the County of Los Angeles, restaurants in the city have also been ordered to stop all on-site dining options.
A large group of people marched through the streets of the city on Wednesday afternoon, most of them wearing masks.
They urged city officials to follow the example of Pasadena in allowing restaurants to continue to serve al fresco and acting independently of LA County to keep more businesses open.
Both Moncton and Pasadena have their own health authorities so they can make their own decisions regarding the order of the county.
Moncton Mayor Robert Garcia, who lost both parents to COVID-19, said the city’s priority must be to make sure a hospital bed is available if your mother or father needs a hospital bed.
Ginger Vance, a local small business owner, called the new rules “arbitrary and extreme”.
“The goal can be open, all large companies cannot be open to anything. And we have to switch off, ”she said to KTLA.
Possible new government regulations, which could be even stricter, would replace both cities’ plans.
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