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Fact-checking Trump's exaggerated claims that Democratic-run states are 'shut down'

October 25, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Robeson County Fairgrounds, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Lumberton, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump keeps saying that Democratic-run states are "closed" or "shut down."

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump keeps saying that Democratic-run states are "closed" or "shut down. "

And in a Wisconsin interview last Saturday, Trump claimed that the state is "shut down" and "locked down. "

Though all of these states still have some significant pandemic-related restrictions, they are all allowing people to leave their homes and allowing most businesses to operate.

The green phase includes significant restrictions on many businesses -- such as 50% occupancy limits for bars, restaurants, barbershops, gyms and malls -- but these businesses are up and running, not shut down.

North Carolina, one of the states Trump claimed at the debate is "shut down so tight," is not shut down.

New York City is subject to a modified "phase four" plan that is more strict than the "phase four" that covers other parts of the state -- the New York City limit for indoor dining is 25% capacity, for example, rather than the 50% allowed elsewhere -- but the state is still not close to a complete shutdown outside of the hotspots Cuomo has targeted.

California, another state Trump said at the debate is "shut down so tight," does have some strict statewide limits; it bans gatherings involving people from more than three households.

Even counties classified by the state at the highest risk level on Gov. Gavin Newsom's four-tier system are allowed to have most businesses open at limited capacity.

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