Breaking News: California: Governor Gavin Newsom orders bars mandatory close in several counties, and recommending other counties bars be close, including San Bernardino County.

Source: Office of the Governor of California Gavin Newsom (Information and Press Release):

California: Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered on Sunday, June 28th, 2020 that bars in several counties mandatory close due to the rising spread of COVID19.

California Governor Gavin Newsom is ordered the mandatory closure of bars in Fresno, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles and Tulare counties.

California Governor Gavin Newsom is recommending bars close in Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Stanislaus and Ventura counties.

The California Department of Public Health and California Governor Gavin Newsom said that the following counties do not have bars open currently and are recommended to keep them closed; this includes Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties, or required to keep them closed; includes this Imperial and San Joaquin counties based upon their duration on the county monitoring list.

According to the California Department of Public Health, Bars are social environments where groups of people mix. In these environments alcohol consumption reduces inhibition and impairs judgment, leading to reduced compliance with recommended core personal protective measures, such as the mandatory use of face coverings and the practice of social and physical distancing. Bars are generally louder environments requiring raised voices leading to the greater projection of droplets. These factors present a higher likelihood of transmission of COVID-19 within groups, between groups, and among the workforce. Public health professionals within California and throughout the nation have identified bars as the highest risk sector of non-essential business currently open. Beyond the higher risk of transmission in bar settings, contract tracing, a key measure needed to control spread, is also more challenging in bars because of the constant mixing among patrons and a lack of record-keeping of those in attendance.

This announcement comes as most of California has moved into Phase 3 of reopening, the state started seeing COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rise dramatically, and the State of California is working with local health departments to identify the source of the problem and provide assistance as needed.

On Friday, California Governor Gavin Newsom advised leaders in Imperial County, which is on the state’s border with Mexico, to reinstate a stay-at-home order due to an uptick in COVID-19 cases there after seeing an exceptionally high positivity rate, or the proportion of people being tested that return a positive result for COVID-19.

California Governor Gavin Newsom said that the 14-day average positivity rate is approaching 23% in Imperial County.

For reference, health officials say the seven-day positivity rate in California as a whole was 5.7%.

“California is using data and science to guide our response to COVID-19. We are actively monitoring COVID-19 across the state and working closely with counties where there are increased rates and concerning patterns of transmission. Closing bars in these counties is one of a number of targeted actions counties are implementing across our state to slow the virus’ spread and reduce risk. We all have our part in the fight against community spread of COVID 19. If you go out then remember, wear a face covering, keep your distance and wash your hands frequently,” said Dr. Sonia Angell, California’s Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health.

California Governor Gavin Newsom’s recommending bars close in San Bernardino County comes a few days after a local bar in Downtown Needles, California, Red Dog Saloon, had to closed due to positive COVID-19 result.

On Saturday, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels confirmed that a City of Needles non-office based field employee tested positive for COVID-19.

As of Saturday, the community of Needles, California has only 5 confirmed COVID-19 cases and no deaths related to COVID-19.

California Governor Gavin Newsom wants everybody to remain vigilant, safe and follow the guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19.

“Californians must remain vigilant against this virus. COVID-19 is still circulating in California, and in some parts of the state, growing stronger. 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. Each of us has the power to limit the spread of this virus. Wear a face covering and keep physically distant outside the home. Don’t gather in groups, and if you are older or have a condition that puts you at higher risk of COVID-19, protect yourself by staying home,” said California Governor Gavin Newsom.

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