California shuts restaurant dining rooms in 19 counties, MI closes bars
Jul 03 2020
In addition, Newsom announced that over the next three weeks, 19 counties now seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases must disallow indoor service for restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, zoos, cardrooms and museums.
"We are seeing parts of the state with increases in the total number of positive cases, but also in the positivity rate [the percentage of COVID-19 tests that are positive] to a degree that generates some concern." said Newsom in a live-streamed noon telecast.
The guideline to close indoor operations includes movie theaters, restaurants, card rooms, zoos. Bars must close all operations, indoor and outdoor. The order applies to some of the state's biggest counties, Los Angeles, Orange and Santa Barbara counties.
Movie theaters were starting to get the greenlight to reopen, but now, they're going to have to wait an additional three weeks, at least in California.
All parking facilities at state beaches in Southern California and the Bay Area will also be closed for the upcoming weekend.
California's rollback comes more than 100 days since Newsom imposed the "Safer at Home" order in March that helped the state avoid a public health crisis like in NY.
COVID-19 is still rampaging across the U.S., which has recorded more than 125,000 deaths and 2.5 million cases. On Wednesday, with July 4 around the corner, Gov. Gavin Newsom called on 19 counties to tighten their coronavirusrestrictions.
"We have a responsibility at the same time to go after people that are thumbing their nose, that are being particularly aggressive", Newsom said.
The state recorded almost 6,000 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, the governor said.
"This doesn't mean restaurants shut down but we're trying to take these concentrated activities and move them outdoors, which is a way of mitigating the spread of this virus", Newsom said in a press conference.
While parking lots here are shuttered, Santa Cruz County beaches remain open after Health Officer Dr. Gail Newel lifted restrictions on June 25 that kept them closed from 11am to 5pm.
A Wednesday report in the Los Angeles Times noted that officials "fear disaster" ahead of the Independence Day holiday if certain public businesses don't lock down. Some jurisdictions have voluntarily slowed or "paused" reopening plans, including more densely populated San Francisco, Alameda and Sacramento counties.
"We're managing this pandemic at a local level, but we know it's not a local epidemic", she 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. "More broadly, beyond the Fourth of July".