After reopening just over a week ago, bars in Los Angeles now need to shut their doors again.
On Sunday, California Governor Gavin Newsom said that, due to the recent rise in coronavirus cases across the state, he’s ordering bars to close immediately in Los Angeles County, as well as six others: Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, San Joaquin and Tulare.
In addition, he’s recommending that bars close in most other SoCal counties, including Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, and Ventura, as well as Contra Costa, Sacramento, Santa Clara and Stanislaus Counties.
On Friday, Newsom noted that California had paused its reopening plans, with no plans to move forward “anytime soon.” Today’s news, though, marks the first time the state is enacting a widespread retraction of its reopenings (though both Newsom and local leaders have repeatedly said for months that the ability to roll back these openings, if necessary, is an integral part of the process).
The news comes amid worrying coronavirus case numbers both statewide and locally, including increases in transmission, positivity and hospitalizations rates. It also comes as more and more Angelenos have ventured out to bars; data released by the Los Angeles County Department of Health suggests that 500,000 people visited bars the day after they reopened (compared to 700,000 pre-pandemic).
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