California Governor Orders Bars Closed in L.A., 5 Other Counties as Coronavirus Cases Spike

June 29, 2020

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California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered the closing of bars in six state counties, due to the rising spread of COVID-19, the Hollywood Reporter writes. Newsom announced the closures on Twitter Sunday, saying bars would have to close in Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, L.A., San Joaquin and Tulare counties. He also recommended that bars in Contra Costa, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Stanislaus and Ventura also close. "COVID-19 is still circulating in California, and in some parts of the state, growing stronger,” Newsom said in a statement. "That’s why it is critical we take this step to limit the spread of the virus in the counties that are seeing the biggest increases." L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said he supported the decision, tweeting, "As we started reopening more businesses, we cautioned that we may need to change course to protect public health from this deadly virus." The new order also follows Newsom's order requiring masks. L.A. Public Health tweeted Saturday that "COVID-19 cases are spiking among LA County residents ages 18-40, with cases rising from 24,457 on June 10 to 35,249 on June 25." L.A. county had 2,169 new cases and 23 deaths from the virus on Saturday.