Governor Gavin Newsom shuts down California’s restaurant dining rooms, bars, and theaters in 19 counties after COVID spike

Newsom defended taking this action by saying that restaurants won't shut down entirely, and can still do takeout and delivery.

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On Wednesday afternoon, California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) announced that he is shutting down various public spaces in nineteen counties after a spike in coronavirus cases.

“COVID19 continues to spread at an alarming rate. Effective immediately, 19 counties must close indoors operations for the following sectors: – Restaurants – Wineries – Movie theaters & family entertainment – Zoos, museums – Cardrooms Bars must close ALL operations,” Newsom tweeted.

“NEW: All parking facilities at state beaches in Southern CA and the Bay Area will be CLOSED for the upcoming weekend,” he added. “#COVID19 does not take 4th of July off. Avoid crowds. Do not gather with people you do not live with. Wear a mask. Physically distance. Be smart. Do your part.”

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The counties that were affected by this order include 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.

This came after the Los Angeles Times reported that officials “fear disaster” before the Fourth of July holiday. “Newsom is also recommending the cancellation of all fireworks shows on the Fourth of July in the affected counties,” the L.A. Times revealed, “and is urging all Californians to rethink having large get-togethers with friends and neighbors to celebrate the holiday.”

Newsom defended taking this action by saying that restaurants won’t shut down entirely, and can still do takeout and delivery. “It means that we’re trying to take the activities, as many activities as we can…and move them outdoors, which is a way of mitigating the spread of this virus,” the California governor said.

Brian Vaughan, public health officer for Yolo County, said that officials had expected the uptick in cases and had planned for them. “The seriousness in which our community has addressed it was a huge reason why we were able to flatten our curve and we didn’t see a big spike,” Vaughn explained. “So I would assume that, if we’re being transparent we’re sharing our data, and things start ticking up in terms of infections that the community would be behind us.”

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