California Gov. Shuts Down Bars and Indoor Restaurants

Henrietta Brewer
July 2, 2020

Newsom said that restaurants will not shut down completely, but will be encouraged to move their operations outdoors.

The other 18 counties that will be affected by the shutdown orders are Contra Costa, Fresno, Glenn, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Merced, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Joaquin, Santa Barbara, Solano, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, Tulare and Ventura.

The order is expected to be in place for at least 3 weeks.

"This will be the last straw for a lot of restaurants", Condi said, adding the state hasn't provided evidence to specifically show dining in restaurants is helping fuel the increase in virus cases.

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.

"I want to remind everyone that if we want to be independent from Covid-19, we have to be much more vigilant in terms of maintaining our physical distancing from others, and be much more vigilant as it relates to the prospects of being in situations where are transmitting Covid-19", Newsom said.

On Wednesday afternoon, Newsom announced that all restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, zoos, museums and cardrooms must close indoor operations in 19 counties, including Los Angeles, Ventura, Oranga and Ventura counties. The state recorded almost 6,000 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, the governor said.

"Yesterday, we recorded 5,898 new cases of COVID-19", Newsom said. And in another bid to reduce crowding, the state is closing all parking facilities for beaches in Southern California and the Bay Area over the weekend.

The positivity rate - the number of people who have tested positive among the total number of tests administered - has gone up to 6.4% over the past seven days.

Now with cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) rising, Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered Los Angeles County dining rooms close. It was Imperial County. Some jurisdictions have voluntarily slowed or "paused" reopening plans, including more densely populated San Francisco, Alameda and Sacramento counties. "Every time there is an increase in cases we have to take a step backwards", he said.

Before Newsom announced the new restrictions today, he also extended some programs to ease the harsh economic toll of the virus, though largely keeping with a strategy to leave it up to local officials to decide what to ultimately implement. "Then all of a sudden, you see a spread", he said.

Other states, including Texas and Florida, have also paused their reopenings after seeing similar spikes in coronavirus cases.

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.

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