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The bus problem in Detroit began Tuesday morning when drivers showed up to their garages but then refused to drive, leaving passengers stranded. The city issued a statement saying that because of a driver shortage, there would be no service at all.
Glenn Tolbert, the president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 26, which represents the drivers, said that some drivers had reported to work early in the morning and found that the buses weren’t adequately cleaned. The state’s order that restaurants and bars to switch to take-out service, and that hospitals severely restrict visitors, deprived drivers of the places they would go to visit restrooms and wash their hands, he said.
“We just didn’t feel that the city, although they were making an effort, was doing enough to protect us and the public,” Mr. Tolbert said.
Some parts of the country moved to keep out visitors.
In Dare County, N.C., which includes much of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, officials said they would set up checkpoints to turn away visitors. And in Maine, an island in Penobscot Bay called North Haven, which is reachable only by boat or aircraft, moved to limit access to year-round residents, saying that it did not have the resources to handle even a few cases and was hours from the nearest hospital.
“People don’t understand how fragile we are if something catastrophic happened because we don’t have quick access,” Kathleen Macy, a lifelong resident and town clerk, said Tuesday. “We’re a pretty hardy bunch, but we’ve never had this situation before.”
In Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, moved to shut down bars and nightclubs, following similar closures in other states, and limited the size of beach groups. Some localities went further: Miami-Dade County, the largest in the state, will also close all restaurants, banquet halls and cafeterias, except for take-out. In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott activated the National Guard on Tuesday, but did not deploy any guardsmen.
And across the globe, the actors Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, were released from an Australian hospital and will remain in self-isolation after being treated for Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, their son said in a video statement on Monday.