Gov. Newsom Orders Closure of Indoor Dining and Other Operations Due to Surge in COVID-19 Cases

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Governor Gavin Newsom ordered the closure of indoor dining and other inside business operations in 19 counties across the state of California in response to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. The Los Angeles County is on the list, which means the current restrictions impact businesses in the City of West Hollywood.

“#COVID19 continues to spread at an alarming rate,” reads a tweet posted by Newsom today, July 1st, at 12:09pm. “Effective immediately, 19 counties must close indoors operations for the following sectors: Restaurants, Wineries, Movie theaters & family entertainment, Zoos, museums, Cardrooms, Bars, must close ALL operations.”

The 19 counties include:
– Contra Costa
– Fresno
– Glenn
– Imperial
– Kern
– Kings
– LA
– Merced
– Orange
– Riverside
– Sacramento
– San Bernardino
– San Joaquin
– Santa Barbara
– Santa Clara
– Solano
– Stanislaus
– Tulare
– Ventura

Los Angeles County officials assess that 49 percent of bars and 33 percent of restaurants have not been adhering to social distancing guidelines and inspectors found that 54% of bars and 44% of restaurants were not wearing face coverings as mandated by the County. Health officials report more than 500,000 people visited the county’s newly reopened nightlife spots. An estimated 3,571 restaurants have been visited over three consecutive weekends from May 30 to June 13, and 83% were not in compliance with coronavirus safety guidelines.

LA Times reports that there are more than 40,000 restaurants in L.A. County, and the county’s public health director, Barbara Ferrer, said officials are trying to inspect every one of them, starting with those that have had past citations. But the order of inspection is fairly random. The latest closures were ordered after California broke a record for new daily coronavirus infections — 8,610 cases, according to The Times’ tracker — for the second consecutive day. it was the second time the state has recorded more than 8,000 cases in a single day.

Restaurants in West Hollywood are likely to backtrack to curbside pickup or order-out deliveries under the new California restrictions.

“All parking facilities at state beaches in Southern CA and the Bay Area will be CLOSED for the upcoming weekend,” reads another tweet by Newsom, posted today at 12:21pm. “#COVID19 does not take 4th of July off. Avoid crowds. Do not gather with people you do not live with. Wear a mask. Physically distance. Be smart. Do your part.”

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