California Governor, Gavin Newsom, ordered a statewide closure, said a CBS8 report.

The Governor cited the rising rates of people testing positive for the coronavirus and jumps in hospitalizations for the closure.

Also, the closure will affect indoor operations at:

  • Gyms
  • Hair salons
  • Houses of worship
  • Personal-care services
  • Malls
  • Non-critical office settings
  • Restaurants
  • Wineries
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos
  • Aquariums
  • Family entertainment centers
  • Cardrooms
  • Bars

Restaurants in San Diego were recently ordered to close by 10pm, but with the spike in cases, they have been put on the full-closure list.

Affected Counties

30 counties out of the 58 counties in California is the count of the affected counties.

This includes San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, and Riverside counties.

In addition, all are part of the state’s pandemic monitoring list.

Some restrictions were already in place in counties on the state’s monitoring list.

But the new order extended them statewide, said the report.

The Dimmer Switch

Newsom reiterated that the state’s enactment of health-restrictions was being handled with a “dimmer switch.”

NEWSOM ORDERS STATEWIDE CLOSURE

This means the severity of the orders is adjustable based on the latest virus statistics and “trendlines.”

The state has been seeing record numbers of infections in recent days, along with increasing hospitalizations.

As of Monday, the individuals hospitalized across the state reached 6,485.

In addition, there are 7.7% of people testing positive for the virus using the seven-day rolling average.

Also, California confirmed 8,358 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, said the report.

According to the Associated Press, the hospitalizations have increased 28% over the past two weeks, leading officials to establish the closure.

Reason For The Spike

In early June, health officials warned that protesting the streets will be a notable reason for the spike of coronavirus.

Dr. Robert Redfield told Congress the protests are “seeding events” for the virus.

Redfield is the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Hence, experts are anticipating the number of coronaviruses to rise two weeks thereafter.  

Consequently, many took to the streets due to the outrage of the death of African-American George Floyd. Floyd died during his arrest by Minneapolis Police officer who kneeled over his neck.

This death galvanized the nation to cry for social justice and end systemic racism.

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