California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered everything Restaurants, bars, movie theaters, museums and other indoor companies across the state will close Monday as Covid-19 cases continue to rise.
The order comes after Newsom previously ordered these companies to close in counties on the state’s “watch list.” The new order, which will now be applied statewide, will be issued with immediate effect, Newsom said. Businesses will be able to operate outdoors, if possible, he said.
In addition to the state order, Newsom said it would also shutdown indoor operations for gyms, worship services, personal care services, shopping malls, offices, beauty salons, and hair salons for all counties on the California watch list, which they represent 80% of the state’s population. .
Those companies should only close for three days, according to a tweet from the governor’s office.
There are now 30 counties on the list, including Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange counties, he said.
Newsom said the state registered 8,358 new cases on Sunday. The state’s positivity rate, or the percentage of all tests that show positive results, has reached 7.4%.
“The data suggests that not everyone is acting with common sense,” Newsom said at a press conference on Monday.
Earlier Monday, two of California’s largest school districts, Los Angeles Unified and San Diego Unified, issued a joint statement announcing that they will begin the fall school year online.
In the statement, school districts said much of the research on coronavirus and children is still unknown and that many of the guidelines for reopening are “vague and contradictory.”
“One fact is clear: Those countries that have successfully reopened schools safely have done so with decreased infection rates and tests available on demand. California has none,” according to the statement.
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