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California Gov. Gavin Newsom Announces New Restrictions Ahead of July 4th Holiday Weekend - Watch!

Updated: Jul 2

Wednesday, July 1, 2020


California Gov. Newsom has ordered bars and restaurants to shutter indoor dining in LA, and 19 other counties as positive Covid-19 cases hit peak daily records. The new round of lockdown measures were ordered on Wednesday (July 1) under the State recommendation to slow the spread of coronavirus.


California Gov. Gavin Newsom announces new Covid-19 restrictions ahead of July 4th Holiday Weekend- Photo by Rich Pedroncelli AP

Among the temporary ordered closures are; wineries, zoos, museums, and casinos must halt operations in chosen communities deemed to be "high risk" however businesses can continue operations outdoors.


This list of counties includes Contra Costa, Fresno, Glenn, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, Merced, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Joaquin, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Solano, Stanislaus, Tulare and Ventura counties. Newsom warned that 4 more counties could be added to the list by next week.


Last week, The Los Angeles Times reported 176 residents and staff members at Villa Las Brisas - which provides temporary housing for agriculture employers - had tested positive for Covid-19. Of the 216 tests administered to people affiliated with the facility, more than 80% returned positive.


Among the counties, Ventura and Los Angeles County have closed public beaches from 5 a.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday for the holiday weekend. The closure includes parking lots and restrooms.


Closed state beaches in L.A. County will include: Leo Carrillo State Park, Malibu Lagoon State Beach, Malibu Pier, Point Dume and Robert H. Meyer Memorial.


In Ventura County, Emma Wood, Mandalay, McGrath, Point Mugu and San Buenaventura state beaches will be closed.


Fireworks shows throughout both counties have also been canceled . Ventura County additionally announced new COVID-19 guidelines for those dining at bars, restaurants, breweries, wineries and distilleries must require the following:


  • Dine-in must close by 10 p.m.

  • Dining time must be limited to one-and-a-half hours.

  • Live music is not permitted.

  • Customers may only sit with members of their household.


The closures reverse the reopening progress that began weeks ago after months of statewide stay-at-home quarantine orders. California has confirmed a nearly 50% increase at close to 223,000 infections, and a 43% increase in hospitalizations over the past two weeks.


The rise in positive Covid-19 cases is partly due to more testing available. Newsom urged citizens to wear face coverings anywhere that people can’t stay at least 6 feet away from others.


Watch Governor Gavin Newsom's full coronavirus press conference here: