California Governor Gavin Newsom recommends closing cinemas and indoor restaurants
California Shuts Down AGAIN: Governor Gavin Newsom Shuts Down All Bars, Indoor Restaurants, and Cinemas in 19 Counties As Coronavirus Cases Cover The State
- Governor Gavin Newsom announced the revised home orders on Wednesday
- The closure applies to 19 counties, including LA, Sacramento and San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Kings, Fresno, Ventura
- Restaurants are allowed to continue dining al fresco, but must close indoor activities
- Museums, zoos, entertainment centers, cinemas must also close
California Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered all bars, restaurant eateries and movie theaters to be closed immediately in most parts of the state as coronavirus cases continue to rise.
Newsom announced the revised home order on Wednesday, nearly three weeks after California began lifting restrictions to reopen the economy.
It’s because the number of COVID-19 cases has risen by almost 50 percent in the past two weeks, with a 43 percent increase in hospital admissions.
On Monday, there were 222,917 confirmed cases in the state and 5,980 deaths.
The shutdown applies to 19 counties where nearly three-quarters of the state’s approximately 40 million residents live, including Los Angeles County.
Most of California has been ordered to close bars, indoor restaurants and movie theaters due to a disturbing spike in cases of coronavirus and hospitalizations
Restaurants can continue to dine al fresco, but must discontinue indoor activities.
It also applies to other indoor activities in museums, entertainment centers, cinemas, zoos and card gambling companies.
Newsom on Sunday had ordered bars to close in Seven County, but Wednesday’s order applies to the entire state.
“The bottom line is that the spread of this virus continues to a particularly worrying degree,” said Newsom.
The order came just days ahead of what was expected to be a busy July 4 weekend for the state, raising fears that people would flock for celebrations.
Newsom did not order beaches to close, but said parking spaces would close on all beaches in Southern California and the San Francisco Bay neighborhood to limit the crowds.
State parks – including some beaches – remain open, but with measures to reduce overcrowding.
Restaurants can continue to dine al fresco, but must discontinue indoor activities
The shutdown comes days after Newsom was imposed across the state, with all residents wearing masks in most public places
Newsom said the new business shutdown decision applies to counties on the state’s monitoring list due to increasing coronavirus cases for three consecutive days: 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.
But enforcing the new rules will be difficult, Newsom said.
He said seven government agencies with a regulatory agency would target non-compliant companies, including the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, the Department of Consumer Affairs, and the California Highway Patrol.
And he suggested that state officials first try to convince non-compliant companies to cooperate rather than punish them.
“It is more education. I don’t come out with a fist. We don’t want to come out with an open heart because we recognize the magnitude of some of these adjustments, ”Newsom said.
Many local California governments have postponed reopening or imposed additional restrictions as things grew.
Los Angeles County officials closed the beaches for the weekend of July 4 before Newsom announced its restrictions and Fresno County in the agricultural heart of Central Valley had already ordered all bars to close.
CALIFORNIA CLOSES 19 COUNTIES
- Contra Costa
- Los Angeles
- San Bernardino
- San Joaquin
- Santa Barbara
- Santa Clara