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San Benito County asked to close indoor operations at several business sectors

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KION)

UPDATE 7/8/2020 3 p.m. The San Benito County Health Officer announced that bars and indoor operations in some business sectors will be ordered to close starting Friday at 11:59 p.m.

The health officer said that all indoor and outdoor operations at brewpubs, breweries, bars and pubs are ordered to close until State guidance and local permission allow it.

Indoor services at restaurants, family entertainment centers, movie theaters, museums, zoos, cardrooms and wineries are also ordered to close.

Read the county's closure order below.

UPDATE 7/8/2020 1 p.m. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday that Napa, San Benito and Yolo Counties are asked to close indoor operations in several business sectors.

The counties are asked to close indoor operations at:

  • Restaurants
  • Wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos
  • Museums
  • Cardrooms

Bars are ordered to close all operations.

According to the California Department of Public Health, San Benito County was added to its watch list due to an increase in COVID-19 transmission. It said there were more outbreaks and clusters related to household contacts, social gatherings and businesses.

The CDPH is asking the county to work with businesses on health check screenings and enforcement, monitor case increase investigators and contact tracing, increase testing for those who show symptoms and improve case reporting and processing.

Closures in Monterey County due to an increase in disease transmission took effect Wednesday.

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Avery Johnson

Avery Johnson is the Digital Content Director at KION News Channel 5/46.

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