Governor Gavin Newsom ordered indoor dining across California to close again on Monday, as COVID-19 cases see a surge in the state and other parts of the country.
In addition to dine-in restaurants, Newsom also ordered that other businesses like wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, museums, and zoos close their doors for indoor operations. Bars, brewpubs, breweries, and pubs were also ordered to shut down indoor and outdoor operations across the state unless they are offering sit-down, outdoor dine-in meals. This news comes after Los Angeles county re-closed restaurants for indoor dining on July 1, a move that was expected to last for roughly three weeks.
States including California, Florida, and Texas have emerged as new coronavirus hotspots around the country, which is seeing a steady rise in cases as a whole. So far these other states have not yet placed an overall ban on indoor dining, though Miami-Dade, Florida's largest county, closed restaurants for indoor dining last week and Texas placed stricter limits on restaurant occupancy in late June.
Dr. Anthony Fauci recently spoke about his concerns when it comes to indoor dining and bars. He has called for bars to be shut in states that are seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases multiple times and has called for those same states to at least "tighten things up" when it comes to indoor dining.
"We've got to tighten things up. Close the bars, indoor restaurants, either no or make it such that there's very good seating," he said last week on The Wall Street Journal's podcast. "Make sure people wear masks, make sure they don't congregate in crowds, make sure they keep their distance. If you do those simple public health measures, guarantee that you'll see the curve come down. It's happened time and again in virtually every country that has done that."
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