A few days after California Gov. Newsom ordered indoor operations to close in certain sectors for 19 California counties for at least three weeks amid a surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, Newsom announced Monday more counties will be added to the state monitoring list.
Newsom announced there are now 23 counties on that list including Madera, San Diego, Marin, Monterey and other counties. He said bars in all 23 counties will be closed and indoor operations in multiple sectors in the counties for three consecutive days.
Newsom said the state targeted counties on the monitoring list and high-risk workplaces. He stressed that workplace safety guidelines include masks being worn by staff and patrons, physical distancing in place, and appropriate signage.
He said over the weekend, the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control officials made close to 6,000 in-person visits to bars and restaurants. Newsom said the Department of Industrial Relations and Division of Occupational Safety and Health made contact with more than 440,000 businesses, and the majority corrected deficiencies on the spot.
Newsom had also ordered all state parking facilities at state beaches in SoCal and the Bay Area to be closed for the July 4 weekend.
"The spread of this virus continues at a rate that is particularly concerning. We are seeing parts of the state where we are seeing an increase in not only the total number of positive cases but a significant increase in the total number of people that are getting tested that are testing positive meaning, the positivity rate, not just the total case rate, is beginning to go up," Newsom said last week, adding the state is focusing on certain sectors of the economy where the spread can be potentially concentrated and to mitigate it.
Newsom said the 19 counties have been on the state watch list for at least 3 consecutive days including Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. He also said bars in ALL 19 counties will close.
Newsom said the one area they are seeing increased transmission is family gatherings.
Orange County was added by Gov. Newsom to a state watch list last week. LA County was already on the list which has expanded to a total of 19 counties.
It all comes as Los Angeles County grapples with a high number of COVID-19 cases and higher numbers of hospitalizations. In LA County, the LA County Public Health Director issued a warning about the coronavirus outbreak. LA County decided to close its beaches for the July 4th weekend this week. Newport Beach decided to close its beaches too. Ventura County and Laguna Beach have also decided to close their beaches.
The new guidelines are for certain sectors to close their indoor operations for all the counties that have been on the county monitoring list for at least three consecutive days.
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