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Governor Closes Indoor Service in 19 Counties

July 2, 2020

Governor Gavin Newsom turned to the “dimmer switch” today and has asked 19* counties (see below for list) to close all bars and cease all indoor activities at restaurants, wineries, and family entertainment spaces for at least three weeks. These counties have the option to impose local orders, or the state will issue county-specific orders.

The Governor took this step in light of a 6.4 percent COVID-19 case rate over the last seven days in the state and as Californians prepare to celebrate Independence Day this Saturday. He also urged localities to cancel fireworks shows to reduce gatherings and crowds. The state is also closing all state beach parking and limiting access to state parks over the holiday weekend.

Focusing on the state’s role in enforcement, the Governor also announced a new strike team concept out of CalOES. Six regional enforcement strike teams will focus primarily on workplaces and are made up of personnel from state departments, including Alcohol and Beverage Control, CalOSHA, Department of Business Oversight, Department of Consumer Affairs, the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology, and CHP. The Governor outlined the four levers of enforcement at his disposal: code enforcement, state licensing, regulatory oversight, and fiscal consequences, but hastened to add that the state planned to use an “education first” approach and deploy “targeted enforcement.”

Counties Subject to Bar Closure and Cessation of Indoor Activities in Certain Spaces:
The list of counties on the Governor’s targeted engagement list is available here:

  • Contra Costa*
  • Fresno
  • Glenn
  • Imperial
  • Kern
  • Kings
  • Los Angeles
  • Merced
  • Orange
  • Riverside
  • Sacramento
  • San Bernardino
  • San Joaquin
  • Santa Barbara
  • Santa Clara
  • Solano
  • Stanislaus
  • Tulare
  • Ventura

*Contra Costa dropped off of the state’s targeted engagement list today, so it’s not yet clear whether this County is subject to the Governor’s announcement today. Also, Contra Costa had not yet reopened bars, and so is in compliance with the Governor’s bar order.

Governor’s Orders Today (applies only to the counties on the targeted engagement list)
View the Governor’s new guidance released today:

  1. Close all bars (bars are defined as alcohol establishments that do not offer sit-down dine-in food)
  2. Close indoor service for these sectors – but take-out is still permitted:
  • Indoor Dine-In Restaurants
  • Indoor Wineries and Tasting Rooms
  • Indoor Theaters
  • Indoor Family Entertainment Centers
  • Indoor Zoos and Museums
  • Indoor Cardrooms
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