July 1, 2020
California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday ordered 19 counties across the state to shut down indoor operations of restaurants and other businesses before the Fourth of July weekend. Bars were ordered to close all operations. Newsom’s order will be in force for at least three weeks.
The alarming rate at which COVID-19 cases are spreading in some California counties was cited as the reason behind the major rollback in reopening businesses and the economy.
“The bottom line is the spread of this virus continues at a rate that is particularly concerning,” said Gov. Newsom in a press conference. He noted the state is experiencing significant increases in cases as well as the positivity rate among those being tested. The Governor indicated the modification of health orders in California are focused on certain sectors of the economy where the spread is more likely to occur or be concentrated to try to mitigate the spread.
The California Department of Public Health is requiring counties that have been on the County Monitoring List for at least three days to move certain sectors outdoors or close. The closed sectors include restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos and museums, and cardrooms. Restaurants will still be allowed to offer food for pick-up or delivery as well as outdoor dining.
The 19 counties include Contra Costa, Fresno, Glenn, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, Merced, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Joaquin, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Solano, Stanislaus, Tulare, and Ventura.
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