Newsom Orders Closure Of Indoor Activities Across California As Coronavirus Cases Increase

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California governor Gavin Newsom on Monday ordered the cessation of domestic activities in certain statewide businesses in connection with the outbreak of coronavirus in the country’s most populous state.

Newsom, a Democrat, announced at a media availability that all state bars should close and that restaurants, wineries, tasting rooms, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums and card rooms should be suspended indoor activities.

The governor also announced that all gymnasiums, places of worship, shopping malls, personal care services, hair salons, hair salons and non-critical offices in counties on the state “watch list” were to close in under the new order. The ordinance affects more than 30 counties that are home to about 80% of the California population.

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“We have made this point on several occasions, that is, we are returning to a way of modifying our home stay order,” Newsom said at his press conference. “It continues to be a deadly disease. ”

The state reported more than 320,000 cases of COVID-19 and more than 7,000 deaths on Monday, with 23 people having died from the virus since Sunday. According to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University, Los Angeles County – the most populous county in the country – leads both the state and the country in the number of confirmed cases of COVID- 19 with more than 133,000.

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In March, California became the first state to impose a mandatory home stay order to slow the spread of the virus. Public health officials hailed the state’s swift action, marveling at how the country’s most populous state has kept cases and hospitalizations low while states like New York and New Jersey have struggled to contain the highly contagious disease.

In late April, Newsom – under increasing pressure – began to allow businesses and activities to resume, citing increased state hospital capacity to handle a new outbreak. Cases started to increase in early June and have since exploded, increasing 48% in the past two weeks, while hospitalizations have increased 40%.

Newsom’s announcement comes just hours after the state’s two largest school districts, Los Angeles and San Diego, announced that they would not reopen for in-person teaching when the 2020-21 school year will start next month. Districts have stated that they will plan for in-person learning if health conditions allow.

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Also on Monday, the World Health Organization warns that the pandemic is worsening worldwide and that things will not return to “the old normal” for some time.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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