States are enacting restrictions because of surging coronavirus cases

As the US faces another surge in the number of positive coronavirus cases, several states are tightening restrictions in an attempt to curtail the spread.

The restrictions come just ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday season when millions of Americans typically travel and gather with their extended family members and friends. 

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease specialist, said late last month these gatherings are likely to easily spread the coronavirus. 

“If you have people like elderly or individuals who are compromised because of underlying conditions, you want to take a couple of steps back and say, is it worth it for this year to bring those people together when you don’t know what the status of everybody in that pod that you’ve created is?” Fauci said in conversation with peer-reviewed journal JAMA.

Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourage people to modify their holiday plans to limit the spread of the coronavirus. The agency has stressed these recommendations are meant to supplement local and state restrictions. 

Here are the states that have enacted tighter restrictions in response to surging cases that can affect holiday plans.

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