California Governor Imposes New Restrictions, Forcing Many Poker Rooms To Close Again

California Governor Imposes New Restrictions, Forcing Many Poker Rooms To Close Again

"L.A. County data also gives us ample evidence that there are many outbreaks that have happened over the last three weeks that are linked to parties, and gatherings, or families and friends exhausted of being in their households made a decision to socialize and celebrate", she said.

The 19 counties impacted by the new restrictions are: Contra Costa, Fresno, Glenn, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, Merced, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Joaquin, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Solano, Stanislaus, Tulare, and Ventura.

The announcements follow several days of warnings about more aggressive state action to curb record numbers of COVID-19 infections in the past week, which have pushed the state past 6,000 deaths and more than 23,000 cases. That anxious public health officials because people were expected to gather in larger numbers than they have for months after the state relaxed its stay-at-home order allowing more businesses to open. Now with cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) rising, Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered Los Angeles County dining rooms close. Public Health officials will issue guidance for local businesses.

In the last 24 hours, 73 Californians died from coronavirus-related illness.

"The spread of this virus continues at a rate we find particularly concerning", Newsom said. Officials had warned that testing would be limited this week due to the upcoming holiday weekend, but in recent weeks, getting a test has already proved to be a challenge.

Newsom did not order beaches to close, but said parking lots at all beaches in Southern California and the San Francisco Bay area would close to limit crowds. #COVID19 does not take 4th of July off.

The governor also encouraged - but did not mandate - all counties on the watch list to consider cancelling all Fourth of July fireworks displays to prevent large-scale gatherings of people that could lead to spread of the virus.

"We have conditioned $2.5 billion in our state budget on applying the spirit and the letter of the law as it relates to health directives at the county level", Newsom said.

Other states, including Texas and Florida, have also paused their reopenings after seeing similar spikes in coronavirus cases.

"With a sharp rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases, public health authorities are encouraging residents across LA County to stay at home as much as possible during the Fourth of July holiday weekend", said Interim City Manager and Director of Emergency Services Lane Dilg.

In that time, hospitalizations increased 51% and ICU admissions increased 47%.

Newsom showed a slide that he's used before about how droplets that spread COVID-19 can go 4.5 feet with a deep exhale, 6 feet with a cough, and up to 26 feet with a sneeze. The governor says the counties encompass more than 70% of California's population. Hospitalization rates are growing quickly in southern counties, including Imperial, San Bernardino and Los Angeles, the latter of which now accounts for almost half of all cases statewide.

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