As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in numbers across California, Governor Gavin Newsom saw fit to step in with stricter orders to control the spread. This first started with a call for California residents to wear masks in public to prevent contagion. Now, as the reopening of many businesses led to further rise in the cases, the order has extended. Therefore, California restaurants and bars in nineteen counties have to cease indoor operations in an effort to avoid people gathering in dine-in spaces.
Where Must California Restaurants Close?
Although a lot of people have taken Governor Gavin Newsom’s order to mean that all restaurants in California must cease indoor operations. However, the order only specifically targets nineteen California counties. As a result, there were three criteria taken into account at the time of selecting these counties: elevated disease transmission, increasing hospitalization, and limited hospital capacity. In other words, places where the pandemic can easily escape control. The counties that must implement the governor’s orders are the following:
- Contra Costa;
- Los Angeles;
- San Bernardino;
- San Joaquin;
- Santa Barbara;
- Santa Clara;
Los Angeles Restaurants
As you can see, Los Angeles County is very much included in Governor Newsom’s order to close down indoor operations in California restaurants. This comes after Los Angeles saw a rise of over six thousand new COVID-19 cases on June 29. Subsequently, since people flocked to bars and dine-in restaurants upon the “reopening of the economy,” it was seen as necessary to reimplement prior regulations. Because of this, restaurants in Los Angeles now have to return to solely offering takeout and delivery operations. While this might seem inconvenient for businesses across the county, it’s for the good of the general population. We need to continue to work together to prevent further spread of the virus until there is widespread vaccination.