Hours after Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered bars to close in Los Angeles County due to a surge in new coronavirus cases and evidence of rising community transmission, the latest update from local officials underscored the state’s warning: it showed another 2,542 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 20 additional deaths, bringing the county’s totals to 97,894 cases and 3,305 fatalities.
The California Department of Public Health guidance says that “brewpubs, breweries, bars, and pubs, should close until those establishments are allowed to resume operation per state guidance and local permission, unless they are offering sit-down, dine-in meals. Alcohol can only be sold in the same transaction as a meal.”
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti offered support for the move, tweeting: “As we started reopening more businesses, we cautioned that we may need to change course to protect public health from this deadly virus. I support @CAGovernor’s order to close bars in L.A. County and other counties to limit the spread of COVID-19.”
On June 5, the state posted guidance allowing for the opening of bars as of June 12, if their opening could be allowed by local public health officials. The counties ordered to close bars had been on the state’s County Monitoring List for 14 days or more, while the counties that were only being advised to close them were on the list for three or more consecutive days, but less than 14 days.
Los Angeles County officials have reported “significant increases” in coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and test positivity rates in recent days, including Sunday’s 2,542 cases and 2,169 cases reported Saturday.
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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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