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Governor Newsom Orders All Indoor Operations to Close as Cases Spike in California

By Liz Helms

July 14, 2020

Governor Gavin Newsom announced during a press briefing on Monday that all indoor operations for businesses are ordered to close, an order that he said will last for at least three weeks.

All counties are required to close indoor operations for:

  • restaurants
  • wineries
  • tasting rooms
  • movie theaters
  • family entertainment centers
  • zoos
  • museums
  • card rooms
  • and ALL bar operations, effective Monday.

The order will still permit outdoor operations to continue and he encouraged expansion of services like outdoor dining and take-out.

All counties on the county monitoring list are ordered to close indoor operations for additional sectors including:

  • fitness centers
  • worship services
  • offices for non-critical sectors
  • personal care services
  • hair salons and barbershops
  • and malls.

These counties cover 80% of states populations and Gov. Newsom said he expects to add additional counties in the coming days.

This news comes as California’s cases continue to significantly increase week-by-week, with a seven-day average of 8,211 compared to last week’s 7,876. Hospitalizations are also on the rise, with a 28% increase over 14 days. The state has recorded a total of 329,162 cases and 7,040 deaths since the pandemic began, with only New York leading ahead in total cases. Newsom described California’s approach to curbing the spread of COVID-19 as a “dimmer switch, where operations would gradually reopen, and if needed, close again.