Coronavirus surge forces several states, cities to freeze or roll back reopening

In Los Angeles, officials on Monday painted a dire portrait of the spread of Covid-19 within the most populous county in the nation. They banned all July 4 fireworks displays and ordered beaches closed over the coming holiday weekend.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey followed in the footsteps of several other governors in hard-hit areas by closing bars throughout the state. The governor also closed gyms, movie theaters and water parks and limited gatherings to 50 people or less.

Officials in New York, which has seen cases steadily declining, said they were considering slowing down some efforts to reopen in light of rising cases elsewhere, while Broadway extended the cancellation of all performances until the end of the year.

In Florida, beaches in some of the state’s largest counties were ordered closed for July Fourth weekend. And doctors in Texas warned that some hospitals were on the verge of being overwhelmed.