California Governor Gavin Newsom on Sunday ordered the immediate closure of bars in Los Angeles, just over a week after they were allowed to reopen, amid a surge in local coronavirus cases.
Los Angeles was one of seven counties that closed their establishments by state health officials, who urged eight other counties to do the same.
“COVID-19 is still circulating in California and in some parts of the state, getting stronger,” Newsom said in a statement, according to the LA Times.
“So it is critical that we take this step to limit the spread of the virus in counties that are experiencing the largest increases.”
In the case of Los Angeles, the measure reverses the county’s reopening of its local bars, beauty salons, and other businesses on June 19.
The county reported 2,169 new cases of the virus on Saturday, the Times said. A total of 95,385 cases have been reported in LA so far, with 3,285 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins researchers.
Also affected by California’s closing order were Fresno, Imperial, Kings, Kern, San Joaquin and Tulare counties.
The other eight counties where the state urged local health officials to close their bars were also Contra Costa, Riverside, Sacramento, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, and Ventura.
“We are actively monitoring COVID-19 across the state and working closely with counties where rates are highest and regarding transmission patterns,” Newsom public health director Sonia Angell said in a statement.
“Closing the bars in these counties is one of a series of specific actions counties are taking across our state to slow the spread of the virus and reduce risk.”