Coronavirus spike prompts big California about face on reopenings

California Coronavirus Update: Governor Gavin Newsom Orders L.A. Restaurants To Shut Down Dine-In Service

Gavin Newsom Orders Closure of Dine-in Restaurants, Movie Theaters in LA and 18 Other Counties for Three Weeks

Newsom says indoor operations at restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, family entertainment centers, movie theaters, zoos and museums and cardroom gambling businesses must close.

Newsom's order applies to 19 counties that have been on the state's watch list for increasing coronavirus cases for at least three consecutive days.

"We have a responsibility at the same time to go after people that are thumbing their nose, that are being particularly aggressive", Newsom said. That's why Newsom imposed the new restrictions for three weeks, giving "a little extra time" for infections to show up in testing and hospitalisations, Ghaly said.

While neither Santa Cruz nor Monterey counties are affected by the closure order, Newsom also announced that the state is closing parking facilities at state beaches in Southern California and the Bay Area.

Ventura and Los Angeles counties both closed beaches for the upcoming weekend, but Santa Barbara County's shorelines will be open to the public.

Some 16 million Californians - more than half of all adults in the state - have seen their income fall since shelter-in-place orders in mid-March, according to a Census Bureau survey last month, which has strained state safety-net programs for housing, food and unemployment benefits.

He said that most of the enforcement will be aimed at shutting down banned activities, maintaining social distancing, or at penalizing businesses owners who don't wear masks.

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But enforcing the new rules will be hard, Newsom said.

The county's Public Health Department has not yet issued an order confirming and clarifying the action.

To date, Public Health has identified 105,507 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 3,402 deaths.

Newsom, who earlier this week ordered bars to close in a number of California counties, extended that mandate to include drinking establishments in other counties.

Coronavirus cases have surged over the past weeks, hitting four daily records in the last two weeks and prompting officials to order the shut down of indoor restaurants and bars in much of the state.

Los Angeles County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said the county is at a critical juncture in the pandemic and there is evidence that it is social gatherings that are causing cases to spike.

Violators could face fines, but most people will likely comply with the new restrictions, Newsom said.

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"Please disabuse yourself that people are no longer dying", Newsom said.

She said everyone needs to be aware of the risks that come with a holiday celebration and that the primary emphasis for everyone should be to minimize the occasions where they are present with others and the virus can spread.

"Just because it's summer and they feel like having a barbecue with all their friends, it can't be that way", Rutherford said.

"I know these closures are frustrating and it is heartbreaking to think we are losing ground".

Local health officials have expressed concerns about rising case numbers and said some hospitals have invoked emergency protocols because they were nearing capacity.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks.

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