SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom ordered bars in seven California counties – including Los Angeles – to close on Sunday as the state has been struggling with an increase in coronavirus infections and increasing hospitalizations after most sectors reopened last month.
The move takes place two days after Republican governors in Texas and Florida closed the bars after finding that the corona virus had spread across their states.
The daily average of new cases in California has risen sharply in the past week, which Newsom says is not only due to the expanded availability of tests. The state’s positivity rate has increased over 5 percent, while the number of people admitted to hospital has increased by 29 percent in the past week.
The move on Sunday is the first time that the democratic governor has closed a sector that it had previously been allowed to open during the pandemic. The seven boroughs where bars need to be closed or closed are Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, San Joaquin and Tulare, all of which have been on the state’s watchlist for at least two weeks. All but Los Angeles are in the Central Valley, where infections and hospitalization have increased rapidly.
“Californians must remain vigilant against this virus,” Newsom said in a statement. “COVID-19 is still in circulation in California and is getting stronger in some parts of the state. For this reason, it is important that we take this step to limit the spread of the virus in the countries with the greatest growth. “
Newsom recommended eight other counties to close their bars, although he did not order them to. These counties have been on the watchlist for at least three days and include Riverside, Sacramento, and San Bernardino. In two counties on the counseling list in the Bay Area, Contra Costa and Santa Clara, no bars were allowed to open.
California has one Watch list of the counties whose data indicate possible problems with the spread of corona viruses. The list now includes 15 counties in which more than half of the state’s residents live. Counties end up on the list when it comes to increasing fall rates, positive test results, or hospitalization. Less than 20 percent of the beds in the intensive care unit or 25 percent of the available ventilators are also factors.
The governor and state health officials allowed bars in California to open on June 12, but gave the county health authorities the power to keep them closed as long as they considered it right. Most of California’s 58 districts later allowed bars to reopen – including Los Angeles, the largest state with 10 million residents gave the green light to these institutions on June 19.
Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti said Sunday on Twitter that he helps Newsom close bars in multiple counties, including his own. “When we started reopening more companies, we warned that we may need to change course to protect public health from this deadly virus,” he said.
The state issued guidelines that required bars to maintain social distance between guests, eliminate seating at the actual bar counter, and reduce music volume to prevent screaming, which further removes droplets. Newsom has also required facial covering in most public environments.
But Photos of bars and nightlife areas showed people who gathered without masks and waited in lines without a distance. Several Sacramento bars are now closed Alone after learning that they had had a Covid 19 case in the past few days.