Governor Gavin Newsom ordered the closure of bars in seven
California counties Sunday and recommended closures in eight
counties, including the Bay Area, as the state’s coronavirus case
load continued to grow.
The message, posted by the governor around
noon on Twitter, said that “due to the rising spread of
#COVID19, CA is ordering bars to close in Fresno, Imperial, Kern,
Kings, Los Angeles, San Joaquin and Tulare.”
The state is recommending that bars also close in the following
eight counties: Contra Costa, Riverside, Sacramento, San
Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Stanislaus and Ventura.
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The seven counties mandated to close their bars have been on the
state’s COVID-19 watchlist for more than two weeks. The other
counties, including Contra Costa and Santa Clara, have been on the
watchlist for at least three days. The two Bay Area counties were
supposed to reopen bars for indoor service on July 1.
But with the new recommendation coming just three days before,
it is yet to be seen how bar owners and county officials will
respond. In a statement Friday, Contra Costa County health
officials explained that they were already evaluating whether the
county should continue its current reopening timeline.
The data released by the county shows that coronavirus cases are
growing among people under 40. They made up 38 percent of cases in
April and now account for 55 percent of cases.
“It’s a sign that younger people are playing a major role in
driving the increase in new cases and potentially infecting
vulnerable individuals,” the statement said.
Newsom’s office did not mention whether the other businesses
that were scheduled to reopen on July 1, including indoor
restaurants, gyms, hotels and personal care services like nail
salons and tattoo parlors, will be affected.
Check back for updates.
Source: FS – All – Interesting – Lifestyle
As coronavirus cases surge, Newsom orders bars to close in
seven counties, recommends closures in eight others