California Shuts Down Indoor Dining Again over Surge In Coronavirus Cases
California is closing down indoor activities again, such as movie theaters and dining, as the coronavirus continues to spread in the state, joining other areas of the U.S. that have paused or rolled back reopenings amid a spike in cases.
Indoor operations for restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums, and card rooms will shut down for at least the next three weeks.
The order applies to the 19 counties, including Los Angeles and Sacramento, on the state’s “watchlist” of rising cases, which in total represent 70% of the state population.
Newsom also said local governments should consider canceling fireworks shows and recommended that Californians not gather in groups outside their households for the Fourth of July, warning that family gatherings have been contributing to the spread of the disease.
Hospitalizations and ICUs have surged 51% and 47% respectively over the last 14 days, while the positivity rate has jumped to 6.4% over the last seven days, Newsom said.
“The bottom line is that COVID-19 continues to spread across California at an alarming rate. Further action is required to stop the spread of the virus.”
Several states, mostly in the South West, are seeing similar surges in coronavirus cases and have walked back reopening in recent days. Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott, for example, announced last week the state will pause any further reopening and suspended elective surgeries in four Texas counties.