SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP)
UPDATE 7/1/2020 12:45 p.m. California Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered a three-week closure of bars and indoor operations of restaurants and certain other businesses in 19 counties as the state deals with increasing cases of COVID-19.
The 19 counties include:
- Contra Costa
- Los Angeles
- San Bernardino
- San Joaquin
- Santa Barbara
- Santa Clara
Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties did not make the list of counties affected.
The governor’s order Wednesday also covers indoor operations of movie theaters, wineries, tasting rooms, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums and cardrooms.
The governor says the counties encompass more than 70% of California’s population.
The Governor also announced that state beaches in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties will temporarily be fully closed. Vehicle access at state beaches will be closed in nine counties, and Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties are included on that list. People can still walk or bike to the state beaches.
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California has confirmed close to 223,000 infections, a nearly 50% increase over two weeks ago that has been driven in part by the state's ability to test more people. But more concerning for state officials is the steady growth in coronavirus-related hospitalizations.
Newsom said Tuesday that the state will be more aggressive in enforcing public health orders. Newsom spoke at a motel in Pittsburg, where about a dozen protesters interrupted his speech to demand police reforms.