Newsom Planning To Announce Updated COVID-19 Restrictions

Newsom Planning To Announce Updated COVID-19 Restrictions

California is ordering certain sectors in counties on the state's County Monitoring List to close indoor operations immediately, Newsom said on Wednesday. During a press briefing, the governor said that restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums and card rooms must halt all indoor operations.

The 19 counties affected have been included on the state's COVID-19 watch list for having elevated disease transmission, increasing hospitalization and limited hospital capacity. The counties affected include 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 strike teams - which will consist of members from the state's Alcohol Beverage Control, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Highway Patrol and other departments - will target "non-compliant workplaces".

Before making the announcement, Gov. Newsom said, "the coronavirus case increase is at a rate that is particularly concerning".

Los Angeles County - the epicenter of the virus in the state - ordered all beaches closed for the holiday weekend after an "alarming" spike in new COVID-19 cases. Gov. Newsom says all parking facilities at state beaches in SoCal and Bay Area will be closed Fourth of July weekend. He added that counties that fail to enforce orders can lose out on state funding.

Newsom stated the above counties should consider canceling firework shows if they haven't already, and supports the decision by Los Angeles and Ventura county officials for preemptively closing beaches.

"It's family gatherings where people let down their guard", Newsom said. "We're going to need to do more to express our concern about that, and the seriousness of face coverings and physical distancing".

Wednesday, the state reported 5,898 new coronavirus cases and a 6% positivity rate over the last 14 days of tests across the state.

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