At the strike of 10 p.m. every night all restaurants in San Diego County will simultaneously close, said CBS8.
This is after there is a spike in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in San Diego County.
It also prompted officials to pause any additional reopenings through at least August 1st.
County Public Health Officer Wilma Wooten said, patrons already inside eateries by 10 p.m. may stay inside until 11 p.m.
This trend will also be imposed on bars, breweries, and wineries without food licenses were also ordered to close.
Other businesses that serve food and alcohol will have restrictions in place as well, said the report.
Starting Wednesday, customers purchasing alcohol on-site must also purchase food.
Both drinks and food must be consumed sitting down.
Officials explained the recent trend of community outbreaks and increased case numbers had spurred the new restrictions.
According to county health officials, there were 317 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday and four additional deaths.
This brought the county’s total numbers to 14,149 cases and 365 deaths.
The report noted, of the 7,382 tests reported Tuesday, 4% came back positive.
The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive tests is 4.2%, the report added.
Tuesday also marked the highest number of patients in local hospitals on any given day due to coronavirus.
There are 493 individuals hospitalized.
County Supervisor, Greg Cox, said Tuesday:
“We know that these measures are not welcomed by all.”
“We recognize that this is a frustrating setback in our region’s efforts to control the coronavirus and reopen.”-Greg Cox
County Supervisor, Nathan Fletcher, said bars and restaurants represent more than a quarter of the county’s community outbreaks.
By The Governor’s Order
On Sunday, California Governor, Gavin Newsom, ordered all bars to close in seven counties.
This includes Los Angeles County.
He also recommended that eight other counties close their bars as well.
The eight other counties included Ventura, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties.
San Diego County was not included in either list.