Major reopening rollback ordered in CA in attempt to control rampant coronavirus spread

Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered several sectors to once again shut down Monday amid an increasingly concerning coronavirus surge.

ByMelanie Woodrow, Alix Martichoux KGO logo
Thursday, July 16, 2020
Newsom orders new California closures due to COVID-19
Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered bars, indoor restaurants, movie theaters and indoor wineries to close in California. In counties on the state watch list, hair salons, gyms, nail salons and churches also have to close.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered several sectors to once again shut down Monday amid an increasingly concerning coronavirus surge.

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Bars, both indoor and outdoor, will be forced to close down statewide. Restaurants are being told to cease indoor operations. Outdoor dining and takeout are still allowed.

All counties also have to close indoor operations at wineries, tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums and cardrooms.

In counties on the state's watch list, even more businesses are being required to close their doors. That includes gyms, hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, other personal care services, indoor malls, offices in non-critical sectors, and places of worship.

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As of Monday, 31 counties were on the state's monitoring list, which represents about 80% of the state's population.

"We've made this point on multiple occasions and that is we're moving back into a modification mode of our original stay-at-home order," Newsom said.

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What the new announcement precisely means for the Bay Area depends on the county. All nine Bay Area counties are obviously affected by the statewide closures of bars and indoor dining.

As of Monday, there were also seven Bay Area counties on the state's watch list: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma.

That means only two Bay Area counties will still be allowed to operate hair salons, gyms, nail salons and indoor malls: San Francisco and San Mateo. That being said, San Francisco has already paused the reopening of almost all those businesses since coronavirus cases in the city started to rise rapidly in late June.

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Santa Clara County, which started reopening gyms, hair salons and tattoo parlors Monday morning, will be forced to almost immediately roll that back. Because they were added back to the state's watch list Sunday, they'll be closing those newly reopened sectors on Wednesday, July 15 at 12:01 a.m.

(Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect clarification from a Santa Clara County spokesperson.)

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The state has more than 329,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 7,000 deaths.

"This continues to be a deadly disease," Newsom emphasized Monday. The death toll climbed by 23 since Sunday.

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