Biden strikes softer tone on lockdowns as COVID-19 cases surge

Joe Biden is performing a delicate dance with his stance about lockdowns that aim to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

While the president-elect takes a much stricter tone about the virus than President Trump and other Republicans — his signature coronavirus proposal is a constitutionally murky national mask mandate, and he has suggested people have only small Thanksgiving gatherings — Biden resists outright support for shutdowns of public businesses even as cases spike across the country, and he willingly recognizes other harms that arise from lockdown life.

“I am not going to shut down the economy, period. I’m going to shut down
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