Calif. Gov. Newsom imposes new restrictions amid rise in COVID-19 cases

Henrietta Brewer
July 2, 2020

Newsom added that counties have the right to not enforce regulations, but "as a outcome, we have a right as a state, with the consent of the legislature and budget that I signed 24 hours ago, where there's two and a half billion dollars contingent upon good behavior". Other state beaches will stay open, but parking lots will close this weekend to limit overcrowding in Marin, Monterey, Orange, San Diego, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and Sonoma counties.

At his noon press conference, Governor Gavin Newsom made good on his promise to "toggle back" reopenings in the state by ordering restaurants to shut down dine-in service once again.

"We're looking at the totality of these 19 counties with increased spread, increased concern and we are trying to build around a framework of being proactive this weekend and get us through Fourth of July weekend in a way where we're not seeing a significant increase and spike in cases in a few weeks hence because we're putting ourselves and others in a hard situation where the spread was more likely, not less likely", Newsom said, per KPIX.

On Monday Santa Barbara County reported its 29th COVID-19 related death and 184 new cases from Saturday through Monday.

There is widespread concern among lawmakers in the state that the pandemic could worsen as people celebrate the July Fourth Holiday over the weekend - much like it did when people crowded beaches and outdoor spots during the Memorial Day weekend.

Newsom also urged that residents refrain from holding family gatherings, which he said was one of the likely causes of the surge in new cases.

On Wednesday, the governor also recommended that local officials cancel fireworks shows, a measure that has already been taken in Los Angeles.

Additionally, PHD stated there will not be a COVID-19 daily case report for Tuesday as they are transitioning data platforms. That anxious public health officials because people were expected to gather in larger numbers than they have for months after the state relaxed its stay-at-home order allowing more businesses to open.

An NPR/Harvard study showed that California needs to double the number of tests it's now conducting in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

The order also came after coronavirus cases in the state increased to 50%. It was Imperial County.

The new restrictions are part of efforts by Californian officials to reduce chances for people to gather indoors leading up to and over the Fourth of July weekend. If you believe in what we do and support our mission, please donate today.

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