California closures: What Gov. Newsom's announcement means for every Bay Area county

ByAlix Martichoux KGO logo
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Gov. Newsom orders new statewide closures
Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered several sectors to once again shut down Monday amid an increasingly concerning coronavirus surge.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- With Gov. Gavin Newsom's announcement of a major rollback of business reopenings in California, the state's response to the coronavirus crisis just got even more confusing.

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Due to a summer surge in COVID-19 cases, Newsom ordered the following businesses to close everywhere in the state:

  • Bars (both indoor and outdoor)
  • Indoor restaurant dining
  • Indoor wineries and tasting rooms
  • Movie theaters
  • Other indoor family entertainment centers, like bowling alleys and laser tag
  • Indoor museums and zoos
  • Cardrooms

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The governor also ordered the following closures for counties on the state's watch list for three days or longer:

  • Gyms
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Nail salons and other personal care services
  • Indoor malls
  • Non-essential offices
  • Indoor places of worship

What does that mean for the Bay Area? Here's what's closing in every county.

Alameda County: Alameda County just got added to the watch list on Sunday, which means they didn't immediately have to follow the stricter closures. However, Wednesday marks three days on the watch list, so the county announced it would be closing indoor malls and indoor places of worship. Gyms, hair salons and nail salons never reopened in the county - so there was no need to order those to close.

Contra Costa County: Contra Costa is on the state's watch list and has been for more than three days. That means they'll be forced to close hair salons and barbershops. It already delayed the reopening of indoor dining, gyms, movie theaters and bars when the county started to see a rise in hospitalizations toward the end of June, so no changes to those sectors yet.

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Marin County: Marin is also on the watch list, and therefore affected by both categories of closures. The county hadn't done too much reopening ahead of Newsom's announcement, so the only things that need to reverse reopening are hair salons, barbershops and indoor dining. Pretty much everything else was already closed.

Napa County: Because it's on the watch list, Napa now has to reverse course on hair salons, nail salons, gyms and places of worship. All those had been allowed to reopen but must close again following Newsom's announcement Monday.

San Francisco County: San Francisco actually isn't on the state's watch list, so technically they can reopen gyms, hair salons, nail salons and the like. 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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San Mateo County: San Mateo isn't on the watch list, so they are only affected by the state's mandatory statewide closures of bars, indoor restaurant dining, etc. Gyms, salons and places of worship can all stay open in San Mateo County.

Santa Clara County: Santa Clara County was added to the state's watch list on Sunday, July 12. The county, which just started reopening gyms, hair salons and tattoo parlors Monday morning, was forced to almost immediately roll all of that back. The county closed all those sectors on Wednesday, July 15 at 12:01 a.m. to comply with the governor's orders that any county on the list for three days must reverse reopening.

Solano County: Because it's on the watch list, Solano now has to reverse course on hair salons, nail salons, gyms and places of worship. All those had been allowed to reopen but must close again following Newsom's announcement Monday.

Sonoma County: Sonoma County started closing down some businesses Monday morning ahead of the governor's announcement, including indoor dining, movie theaters and bars. Now they'll also have to close hair salons, nail salons and places of worship.

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