Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday tightened coronavirus restrictions for most of California, as a COVID-19 surge and more deaths have been reported ahead of the Fourth of July weekend.
Newsom told 19 counties to close their indoor operations, like bars, wine tasting rooms, zoos, restaurants and movie theaters for at least three weeks.
The list includes Contra Costa County, Santa Clara and Solano counties in the Bay Area, as well as Los Angeles County. These counties have been on the monitoring list for three consecutive days.
The remaining counties are: Fresno, Glenn, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Merced, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Joaquin, Santa Barbara, Stanislaus, Tulare and Ventura.
In all, the counties encompass more than 70% of California’s population.
Among the activities not on the governor’s closure list: Churches, gyms, retail stores, nail and hair salons.
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