"Covid-19 is taking control, and we need to take control back".
Los Angeles bars have been ordered to shut down by Governor Gavin Newsom due to the "rising spread of of COVID-19". It was a single-day record that health officials warned could swamp hospitals and intensive care units if not contained quickly.
California Governor Gavin Newsom's live press conferences continue from Pittsburg, Calif., where he plans to announce updates on the state's plan to keep homeless populations safe from the coronavirus. In addition, over the weekend, Newsom recommended that local health officers consider closing bars (though not a state mandate) in Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Sacramento, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara and Stanislaus counties.
"These businesses and activities will remain closed in Contra Costa until county data indicate that the spread of the virus has slowed, as measured by at least a week of stable case numbers, hospitalizations and percent of tests that are positive". The mayor began loosening the restrictions incrementally in May and lifted the order for bars and restaurants on June 19, despite signs that the number of new infections had already begun to rise. He has also reimposed the state's stay-at-home order for Imperial County along the southern border, which has long had the highest per capita infection rate in the state. In a statement Sunday, he ordered all bars and nightlife to immediately close their doors in seven counties across the state. "Trends will be monitored and evaluated daily", they said.
Kern County has 4,478 confirmed cases, 70 deaths.
Among the biggest fears is the rising hospitalization rate in Los Angeles and other counties, which had expanded hospital capacity months ago with makeshift medical centers in sports arenas and, in Los Angeles, offshore on the USNS Mercy. "Locally, we have not seen that in bars", Director of Public Health Matt Constantine said.