By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Gov. Gavin Newsom announced immediate mandated restrictions on certain indoor business operations in 19 California counties, including the County of San Bernardino, which have been on a watch list for COVID-19 outbreaks.
In addition to mandating the closure of all bars in the 19 counties, the state has ordered the closing of indoor operations for restaurants; movie theaters; family entertainment centers; wineries, breweries and tasting rooms; card rooms; and zoos and museums. Newsom noted that the state is in discussions with tribal sovereign nations such as the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians regarding casino operations.
The governor imposed the restrictions on indoor activities in advance of the July 4 holiday weekend – a time when officials fear the worst if some Californians continue to ignore safety guidelines and businesses that encourage gatherings remain open. The new restrictions will be in place for at least three weeks, after which the state will reevaluate the situation.
“Your Board of Supervisors discussed the possibility of new restrictions, and while we’re disappointed in the mandate, it’s not entirely surprising based on our County’s spike in cases and hospitalizations,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “We simply have to do better in the fight against this virus. It is still not the time to get together with friends and extended families. And wearing masks while in public really has to become second nature.”
Newsom and other public health officials have largely attributed the recent spike in cases to people ignoring social distancing and mask-wearing protocols. The governor also expressed concerns about gatherings of friends and extended families during the Independence Day weekend, urging people to limit such gatherings to those who share a household.
“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 the governor.
Newsom said that the state, which is now averaging almost 90,000 tests a day, had 5,898 new cases yesterday, along with 110 deaths. Over the past 14 days the state has seen a 51 percent increase in hospitalizations and a 47 percent increase in ICU admissions.
“We don’t like the trendline, and that’s why we’re initiating this ‘dimmer switch’ effort to start pulling back,” Newsom said.