Los Angeles Bars Ordered to Close Again Due to Rising Coronavirus Cases

Clay Curtis
June 29, 2020

Governor Gavin Newsom's order for bars to close in seven counties, including Los Angeles, is the first major rollback of efforts to reopen the economy in the most populous USA state.

Due to the rising spread of #COVID19, CA is ordering bars to close in Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, San Joaquin, and Tulare, while recommending they close in Contra Costa, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, & Ventura. Each of us has the power to limit the spread of this virus.

"Los Angeles County will heed Gov. Gavin Newsom's directive and bars in Los Angeles County must close today".

The California Department of Public Health and California Governor Gavin Newsom today released guidance on the closure of bars for counties on the County Monitoring List.

Even in states where cases have been declining, bars have been a source of outbreaks.

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Newsom is mandating closures in counties that have been on the state's COVID-19 watch list for more than two weeks. Hospitalizations and infection rates are also rising, and officials cite several likely factors including reopenings, people having private social gatherings, and the recent protests over George Floyd's death while in police custody.

On Friday, Santa Barbara County Public Health reported 81 new COVID-19 positive cases bringing the grand total to 2,712 with 54 recovering and 20 of those in the intensive care unit. Newsom said state and local health officials were working to shut the county back down and return to more strict stay-at-home rules.

"This is a very, very serious situation and the window is closing for us to take action and get this under control", Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said on CNN on Sunday. In Los Angeles County, there are 1,717 people now hospitalized, higher than the 1,350 to 1,450 daily hospitalizations seen in recent weeks.

The rollback of bar openings arrives as California and other states are seeing an increase in overall COVID-19 cases, including among younger people who frequent restaurants and bars. The shutdown came on the same day that county officials announced the highest number of diagnosed COVID-19 cases in a single day. Wear a face covering and keep physically distant outside the home. "Our collective responsibility is to take immediate action, as individuals and businesses, to reverse the trends we are experiencing".

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