California Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered all bars in Los Angeles County to close, due to a rapid increase in the number of coronavirus cases there in the last several days.
Newsom tweeted that he was ordering the closure in L.A. and several other counties, and recommending that several other counties do the same.
NEW: Due to the rising spread of #COVID19, CA is ordering bars to close in Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, San Joaquin, and Tulare, while recommending they close in Contra Costa, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, & Ventura.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) June 28, 2020
It is not clear what, exactly, is causing the rapid spread. Unlike Texas and Florida, which reopened their economies quickly after shutting down initially for coronavirus, California was slower to reopen.
However, the Black Lives Matter protests Brough tens of thousands of people to the streets of Los Angeles and other areas. Few of the protests observed any kind of “social distancing.”
Support by politicians, mostly Democrats, for the protests has weakened public adherence to coronavirus rules and increased pressure to reopen businesses and public amenities more rapidly.
Hot weather in the interior has also driven people indoors, into air-conditioned environments, rather than outside, where the virus is thought to be more difficult to spread, at least at a distance.
The closures will come as an additional blow to local businesses, many of which barely survived the first shutdowns in the spring.
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