Social distancing orders work, Google data show

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State mandates that promote physical distancing—especially limits on bars and restaurants—do cut the amount of time people spend away from home, according to a new study.

Social distancing (or “physical distancing”) mandates have been the main way that state and city governments are curbing the spread of the novel coronavirus.

But how much do declaring states of emergency, implementing stay-at-home orders, shuttering non-essential businesses, and other policies and guidelines actually keep people from moving around and coming into contact with each other?

“The limits on bars and restaurants seems to be the single policy that was associated with the greatest

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