US Governors Expand Shutdowns Amid Coronavirus Concerns

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A growing number of governors across the U.S. are ordering the temporary closure of certain businesses such as dine-in restaurants, fitness centers, and movie theaters because of concerns over the coronavirus.

Other governors on Monday were still leaving those decisions to local officials or the businesses themselves.

That’s created a patchwork of precautions nationwide in the absence of the type of national directives that have occurred in some other countries.

Some governors expressed a desire Monday for greater direction from the federal government.

Others said such decisions are best made by mayors, county officials or school boards who are more closely in touch with their communities.

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