Newsom Orders Movie Theaters, Bars, Indoor Restaurants Closed Statewide

Newsom: More California counties must roll back reopening

California Governor Issues Statewide Order to Shutter All Indoor Operations as COVID-19 Cases Soar

Gavin Newsom on Monday ordered the closure of indoor activities of certain businesses statewide as cases of coronavirus surge in the country's most populous state.

Regardless of the county, it is no longer allowed to operate Indoor restaurants, bars, wineries/tasting rooms, movie theaters, zoos, museums and card rooms, according to the Governor.

"We're seeing an increase in the spread of the virus, so that's why it's incumbent upon all of us to recognize soberly that COVID-19 is not going away any time soon until there is a vaccine or an effective therapy", Newsom said Monday.

Movie theaters are among the businesses ordered to close down again.

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This retightening of restrictions comes just a month after state officials said dine-in restaurants, retail stores, bars, religious services and gyms could reopen with modifications in counties that met the state's guidelines.

As part of the announcement, Newsom said fitness centers, non-essential offices, worship services, personal care services, hair salons and barbershops, and malls must close in counties on the state's monitoring list.

The most recent statistics by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) on July 12 reveal that the state's COVID-19 hospitalization rate and positivity rate - which is a measure of community spread - are both "trending upward in the 14-day-average". But Monday, the state's two largest school districts, San Diego and Los Angeles, announced their students would start the school year with online learning only. Hospitalizations have increased 28% over the past two weeks.

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