California has reimposed restrictions on businesses and public spaces amid a spike in coronavirus infections in America’s most populous state.
Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday ordered an immediate end to all indoor activities in restaurants, bars, entertainment, zoos and museums.
In the hardest-hit counties of the southwestern state of the United States, churches, gymnasiums and hairdressers will also close.
California has more than 330,000 Covid-19 cases, with more than 7,000 deaths.
The reimposition of restrictions in the state with nearly 40 million people was caused by a 20% increase in the number of people who tested positive in the past two weeks.
A growing number of Californians are now in need of intensive care.
What did Governor Newsom say?
The Democratic governor warned Monday that “this virus will not go away anytime soon.”
“I hope we all recognize that if we were still tied to the idea that somehow, when it gets hot, it will disappear or somehow, it will take summer months or weekends – this virus did nothing either.
The new measures cancel the relaxation of the strict state lock in May, and again in June, when restaurants, bars and gymnasiums reopened in counties that met state security guidelines.
Other American states may now follow the example of Governor Newsom as infections continue to increase in southern America.
There are currently more than 3.3 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 across the country and more than 135,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.