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Afternoon out in Old Town Salinas cut short


SALINAS, Calif. (KION) An afternoon out was cut short for many across California, Sunday.

"I'm a little disappointed, but yeah, we should all stay home," said Octavio Mendez in Old Town Salinas.

Some decided to go out although many officials encouraged avoiding large crowds and preached "social distancing." Now, heading, and staying home may be the only option.

Governor Gavin Newsom has called for all bars, wineries, breweries and nightclubs to shut their doors. It is a precautionary measure to prevent spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

"I think that they're creating a panic for no reason. I don't believe that the disease is that widespread here in our county," said Julie Juarez in Old Town Salinas.

While both San Benito and Santa Cruz counties have reported cases of COVID-19, Monterey County still has not seen a positive test.

Some are worried new closures will have a negative ripple effect. "It's affecting a lot of businesses, a lot of people who need to work, a lot of people who depend on this money," said Juarez.

Health / Monterey / News / Salinas
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Megan Meier

Megan Meier is a multi-media journalist at KION News Channel 5/46.


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