LOS ANGELES (News Nation/KTLA) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday announced new closures: some statewide, and some for 30 counties on the state’s COVID-19 watchlist, which includes all of Southern California.
Statewide, all bars must close, as well as indoor operations of
- tasting rooms
- movie theaters
- family entertainment centers
- and cardrooms.
30 counties, including all of Southern California, are required to close indoor activities at
- fitness centers
- places of worship
- offices for non-critical sectors
- personal care services such as hair salons and barbershops
- and indoor malls.
The new restrictions take effect immediately.
“This virus is not going away anytime soon,” Newsom said while announcing the sweeping rollbacks, saying that COVID-19 doesn’t take weekends or the summer months off.
The 30 counties now on the state’s watchlist represent 80% of California, Newsom said. The governor added that he anticipates more counties to be added to the list.
He explained that until there is a vaccine or effective therapy to treat COVID-19, the state will be working on mitigating the spread of the virus for the long term and that residents statewide have to adapt to new behaviors.
As of Monday, there were 326,187 confirmed coronavirus cases statewide, with 7,053 deaths, according to the tracker by the Los Angeles Times. News Nation affiliate KTLA reports the positivity rate in California is 7.4%.
Earlier Monday, the largest school district in California announced that the Los Angeles Unified School District’s classes will remain online when the school year begins, with a goal of students returning to the classroom once it is safe to do so.