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Newsom Announces Shutdown of Indoor Operations in Restaurants, Bars and Other Businesses

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July 13, 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 announced on July 13 that indoor operations of various businesses statewide, including restaurants, are going to be shut down for an indefinite period of time to combat COVID-19.

Newsom tweeted the coronavirus is surging “at alarming rates” and indoor operations must close at restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, zoos and museums. Bars have to be shut down completely. Additionally, he tweeted that indoor operations also will be required to shut down for houses of worship, malls, nail salons, fitness centers and other non-essential sectors in 30 counties, including Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Ventura.

 

 

 

 

 

There are a total of 326,187 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state as well as 7,053 deaths from the coronavirus. The positivity rate is currently at 7.4%. That number was as high as 8.3% on July 12. Additionally, the number of intensive care unit (ICU) cases statewide has seen a 20% increase over the past two weeks.

“COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon … until there is a vaccine or an effective therapy,” Newsom said.

In Los Angeles County, the positivity rate currently is 10% and has had more than 3,800 deaths from the coronavirus, accounting for 54% of the statewide COVID-19 deaths.

Additionally, Los Angeles Unified School District superintendent Austin Beutner announced on July 13 that district schools will begin the 2020-2021 school year with online classes. “The health and safety of all in the school community is not something we can compromise,” he said. “The news about the spread of the virus continues to be of great concern.”

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