Newsom orders indoor uses in gyms, salons, malls, churches, more to close

Henrietta Strickland
July 14, 2020

Governor Gavin Newsom announced that all restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, zoos, museums, and cardrooms where gambling takes place must halt their indoor services.

California ordered all bars to close and multiple businesses to halt indoor operations statewide on Monday in response to the increase in COVID-19 cases.

On Monday, California reported 8,358 new confirmed cases and 23 new deaths, making for a total of 329,162 cases and 7,040 deaths statewide.

As part of the announcement, Newsom said fitness centers, non-essential offices, worship services, personal care services, hair salons and barbershops, and malls must close in counties on the state's monitoring list. A tweet from the state's Department of Public Health says the closure of outdoor activities is effective immediately.

During the press conference Gov. Newsom announced that more counties are being added to the state's watch list. Cases began rising in early June and have exploded since, increasing 48 percent in the past two weeks while hospitalizations have increased 40 percent.

This retightening of restrictions comes just a month after state officials said dine-in restaurants, retail stores, bars, religious services and gyms could reopen with modifications in counties that met the state's guidelines. The counties with the highest number of cases include Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange and San Diego, in that order.

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