News Update: Needles, CA: Officials from the City of Needles and County of San Bernardino met today to discuss California Governor’s recommending bars to close.

Source: Needles City Manager Rick Daniels (Information and Press Release):

Needles, California: Officials from City of Needles and County of San Bernardino met on Monday, June 29th, 2020 to discuss California Governor Gavin Newsom’s recommending bars to close in San Bernardino County, California.

On Sunday, June 28th, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered that bars in several counties mandatory close due to the rising spread of COVID19 well recommending bars close in Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Stanislaus and Ventura counties.

The recommendation to close bars in the county comes after the Red Dog Saloon, located at 914 West Broadway in Downtown Needles, California, closed last week due to positive COVID-19 result, and over the weekend.

Reports also began circulating on social media concerning Giggling Cactus restaurant, located at 2411 Needles Highway in Needles, California, still closed as other dine-in restaurants began slowly reopen in the community and across California, which the restaurant has both dine in areas as well as a bar area.

In an email sent to ZachNews today, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels wrote, “I just participated in a Conference Call with Mayors and City Managers with the Chairperson of the Board of Supervisors. He reported that the Governor shut bars in 6 counties yesterday and recommended that 6 other counties including San Bernardino to also close bars in their jurisdictions. The County has been advised that if they don’t close the bars voluntarily, and the cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to spike, then the State will close them with financial penalties of withholding CARES funding on the County and Cities. Similarly situated, Riverside County just voted to close all bars in their County. The County is suggesting a hybrid solution that involves the County and City law enforcement and Code Enforcement staff visit each one and either cite the violations of distancing and masks or provide them an application for the $2500 grant for complying businesses. Bars are defined as stand alone “liquor by the drink” facilities of a bar as part of a restaurant. When a bar is connected to a restaurant, their interest is only in the portion of the building that serves “liquor by the drink”; the restaurant can continue to operate. “Liquor by the drink” outlets will have their liquor licenses revoked if they do not comply. In our situation, the only true bar is already closed and will be for quite some time according to the owner. The other two restaurants with “liquor by the drink” service are the 19th Hole and the Giggling Cactus which has already chosen not to reopen now. The Council has already spoken on the matter of City COVID-19 enforcement. That responsibility rests with law enforcement. We may have some responsibility as the landlord to notify only the 19th Hole of the pending action. The County Board of Supervisors is holding an emergency meeting tomorrow to provide direction.”

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