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California governor rolls back more openings due to virus

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday ordered bars and indoor dining at restaurants to close in most areas of the state for the next three weeks amid a troubling surge of new coronavirus cases throughout the state.

Posted: Jul 1, 2020 12:35 PM
Updated: Jul 1, 2020 5:01 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday ordered bars and indoor dining at restaurants to close in most areas of the state for the next three weeks amid a troubling surge of new coronavirus cases throughout the state.

The revised stay-at-home order affects 19 counties where nearly three-quarters of the state’s roughly 40 million people live.

Glenn County is among the state's coronavirus watch list. Read More

Newsom says indoor operations at restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, family entertainment centers, movie theaters, zoos and museums and cardroom gambling businesses must close. Bars were ordered to close both indoor and outdoor operations.

"The bottom line is the spread of this virus continues at a rate that is particularly concerning,” Newsom said.

The order came just days ahead of what is expected to be a busy Fourth of July weekend for the state. That worried 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.

Newsom did not order beaches to close, but said parking lots at all beaches in Southern California and the San Francisco Bay area would close to limit crowds. State parks — which include some beaches — will remain open, but with measures in place to reduce overcrowding.

Newsom said the new business closure order applies to counties that have been on the state’s monitoring list because of 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 state agencies with regulatory authority would target non-compliant businesses, including the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, the Department of Consumer Affairs and the California Highway Patrol.

And he suggested that state officials would first try to convince non-compliant businesses to cooperate instead of penalizing them.

“It’s more education. I’m not coming out with a fist. We want not come out with an open heart, recognizing the magnitude of some of these modifications,” Newsom said.

Confirmed coronavirus cases in California have increased nearly 50% over the past two weeks. Of greater concern to officials is the steady growth in the state’s COVID_19 hospitalizations — a 43% increase over the past two weeks.

Many local California governments have delayed reopening or have imposed extra restrictions as cases rose. Officials in Los Angeles County closed beaches for the Fourth of July weekend before Newsom announced his restrictions and Fresno County in the state’s Central Valley agricultural heartland had already ordered all bars to close.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

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The 19 counties on the state’s watch list that will be impacted by this order include:

  • Contra Costa County
  • Fresno County
  • Glenn County
  • Imperial County
  • Kern County
  • Kings County
  • Los Angeles County
  • Merced County
  • Orange County
  • Riverside County
  • Sacramento County
  • San Bernardino County
  • San Joaquin County
  • Santa Barbara County
  • Santa Clara County
  • Solano County
  • Stanislaus County
  • Tulare County
  • Ventura County

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 919276

Reported Deaths: 17529
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles3033697040
Riverside672991305
San Bernardino638501073
Orange592131467
San Diego55540881
Kern34027420
Fresno31096439
Sacramento25750496
Santa Clara24558402
Alameda23576462
San Joaquin21906490
Contra Costa18817243
Stanislaus17760399
Tulare17678288
Ventura14347165
Imperial12983336
San Francisco12241145
Monterey1147291
San Mateo11232159
Santa Barbara9874126
Merced9572155
Sonoma9569136
Kings841183
Solano748076
Marin7099127
Madera505776
Placer424857
San Luis Obispo419132
Yolo323460
Butte310752
Santa Cruz282125
Napa197916
Shasta196231
Sutter187812
San Benito144415
El Dorado13614
Yuba133410
Mendocino114221
Tehama9139
Lassen7661
Lake70016
Glenn6783
Nevada6288
Humboldt56810
Colusa5536
Calaveras34721
Amador33516
Tuolumne2794
Inyo23415
Siskiyou2050
Del Norte1801
Mono1802
Mariposa802
Plumas730
Modoc430
Trinity280
Sierra60
Alpine30
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