On Sunday, Governor Gavin Newsom ordered bars in seven California counties to close bars and nightclubs as cases in the state increase. These counties include Los Angeles, Fresno, Kern, San Joaquin, Tulare, Kings, and Imperial.
He also recommended that eight other counties in California take action on their own to close bars. These counties include Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Sacramento, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and Stanislaus.
“COVID-19 is still circulating in California and in some parts of the state, getting stronger,” Newsom said in a statement given to the media. “So it is critical that we take this step to limit the spread of the virus in counties that are experiencing the largest increases.” Newsom also tweeted the news on Sunday.
This news comes after California approved 200,461 coronavirus cases on June 26. The state experienced a 2.5 percent increase in new cases over the previous day’s total. As a result, Newsom asked Imperial County officials near San Diego to increase COVID’s preventive restrictions.