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Newsom Announces Indoor Operations in Restaurants, Other Businesses Will Be Shut Down in L.A. and Other Counties

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July 1, 2020
California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a news conference at the California Department of Public Health on February 27, 2020 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, announced on July 1 that indoor operations in restaurants and other businesses will be shut down for at least the Fourth of July weekend in 19 counties statewide, including Los Angeles County.

Newsom tweeted that the order will apply to restaurants, movie theaters, wineries, zoos and museums. These businesses can remain open as long as they can offer outdoor operations. Bars in these counties must be closed.

 

Additionally, Newsom tweeted that all parking areas for state beaches in Southern California and the San Francisco Bay Area will be shut down as well for the upcoming holiday weekend.

“#COVID19 does not take 4th of July off,” he wrote. “Avoid crowds. Do not gather with people you do not live with. Wear a mask. Physically distance. Be smart. Do your part.”

 

Newsom said that the state will enforce these mandates through multi-agency strike teams that will work with health officials in the 19 counties.

 

There were 6,367 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in California on July 1 and 110 new deaths from the virus, bringing the state’s respective totals to 223,000 and 5,980. Hospitalizations and patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) increased 6.3% and 4.3% over the past 24 hours in the state, respectively.

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