Los Angeles bars ordered to close again as virus spreads

Cheryl Sanders
June 29, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday ordered bars that have opened in seven California counties, including Los Angeles, to immediately close and urged bars in eight other counties to do the same, saying the coronavirus was rapidly spreading in those parts of the state and that bar settings create a higher risk of transmission. In addition, Brown recommended health officials in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Sacramento, Riverside, San Bernardino and Stanislaus counties also temporarily close all bars. "This includes closing bar areas in restaurants", Los Angeles County said in a statement. Wear a face covering and keep physically distant outside the home.

The counties where bars will be forced to close are Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, San Joaquin, and Tulare.

Newsom is mandating closures in counties that have been on the state's COVID-19 watch list for more than two weeks. The California Department of Public Health, however, identifies bars as "the highest risk sector of non-essential business now open", according to a press release.

For a third consecutive day on Saturday, the number of confirmed US cases leapt by more than 40,000, one of the world's largest surges. Bars are also generally noisy, requiring patrons to shout, which spreads droplets more widely.

For a third consecutive day on Saturday, the number of confirmed USA cases rose by more than 40,000, one of the largest surges in the world.

California ordered some bars to close on Sunday, the first major rollback of efforts to reopen the economy in the most populous US state as novel coronavirus cases nationwide soar to record levels day after day.

Lieutenant Governor of California, Eleni Kounalakis, spoke to Fox News Digital about her state's spike in COVID-19 cases and how they are trying to prevent a second shutdown. More than 2.5 million people have tested positive for the new coronavirus in the United States and more than 125,000 have died, the most in the world. Newsom said state and local health officials were working to shut the county back down and return to more strict stay-at-home rules.

One bar in East Lansing, Michigan has been linked to more than 85 cases, according to local health officials who said that number is likely to rise.

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