Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday ordered Los Angeles and six other counties to immediately close all bars and other nightclubs, citing the rebounding rates of coronavirus infections across much of the state.
In a statement issued by state public health director Dr. Sonia Angell, bars are ordered to close in Los Angeles, Fresno, Kern, San Joaquin, Tulare, Kings and Imperial counties. Later Sunday afternoon, the governor’s office clarified that bars were already closed in Santa Clara, Contra Costa, Imperial and San Joaquin counties, and that the state is now asking them to stay closed.
Local law enforcement agencies said they were just learning of the order along with everyone else.
“We just got the notice. But as of right now, we have not been given any guidance, which way. It’s breaking news,” Officer Rosario Cervantes of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Media Relations Section told City News Service.
“We probably won’t know of anything until Monday,” said Deputy Tina Schrader of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Information Bureau. “We are the last to know.”
Los Angeles County officials have reported “significant increases” in coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and test positivity rates in recent days, including 2,169 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 23 additional deaths reported Saturday.
In addition, Newsom is recommending that eight other counties seeing elevated rates of COVID-19 issue local orders closing bars: Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Sacramento, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara and Stanislaus counties.
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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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