|The Coronavirus Weekly Update summarizes major changes due to the coronavirus pandemic in politics and government. Today, you will find updates on the following topics, with comparisons to our previous edition released on October 29:
- Lawsuits about state actions and policies
- Travel restrictions
- 1918 story
- School closures and reopenings
- Stay-at-home orders
- Eviction and foreclosure policies
- Diagnosed or quarantined public officials
- State legislation
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Lawsuits about state actions and policies
Read more: Lawsuits about state actions and policies in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, 2020
- To date, Ballotpedia has tracked 1,213 lawsuits in 50 states dealing in some way with the Covid-19 outbreak. Court orders have been issued, or settlements have been reached, in 380 of those lawsuits.
- Since Oct. 29, we have added 19 lawsuits to our database. We have tracked no additional court orders and/or settlements.
Read more: Travel restrictions issued by states in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, 2020
- Governors or state agencies in 25 states issued executive orders placing restrictions on out-of-state visitors. At least 14 of those orders have been rescinded.
- Since Oct. 29, one state and the District of Columbia have announced changes to their travel restrictions.
- New York – On Saturday, Oct. 31, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced a new testing requirement for incoming travelers. The policy replaces the joint quarantine list previously maintained alongside Connecticut and New Jersey. It requires visitors and returning residents to take a COVID-19 within three days of arriving in New York. Visitors will need to quarantine for three days and take another test on the fourth day. If both tests come back negative, the quarantine can end. The policy took effect on Nov. 4 and does not apply to travelers from states that border New York.
- Washington D.C. – On Nov. 4, Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) announced a new advisory requiring visitors to the city to take a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival. Visitors who are in the city for longer than three days are also asked to take a test within 3-5 days of arrival. The advisory asks those who test positive or come into contact with someone who tested positive to refrain from entering the city.