California Closing Numerous Indoor Business Activities In All Counties

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Like the governors of Texas, Arizona, and Florida - which were also hit hard in the virus' second spike - California initially declined to issue a statewide mask order and allowed counties to reopen indoor dining, gyms, and bars.

California Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered gyms, churches, salons and other businesses to close in Los Angeles County citing "alarming rates" of COVID-19 spread.

Outdoor operations may continue on its indoor closure businesses if they can do so safely, the order from Newsom said.

Last month, it was announced that the state of California was finally ready to re-open movie theaters with the release of their new COVID-19 industry guidance for Family Entertainment Centers.

The US has recorded more than 3.3 million coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, meaning almost 1 out of every 100 Americans has tested positive for Covid-19, according to Johns Hopkins University. On Friday, the seven-day positivity rate was 10% in L.A. County; in late May, that rate fell to a low of 4.6%.

He ordered all bars in the state to close and all restaurants to close their indoor dining services effective immediately.

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On Monday, the Los Angeles and San Diego unified school districts announced that schools will only offer online teaching in August, Reuters reported. DISTRICTS CLASH WITH TRUMP The decision to cancel in-person classes puts the districts at odds with US President Donald Trump, who has said he might withhold federal funding or remove tax-exempt status from school systems that refuse to reopen.

On the Central Coast, Santa Barbara County has been on the state's monitoring list for a few weeks now.

"We continue to see inreased number of new cases and hospitalizations".

Newsom moved quickly to reopen the economy in May but by mid-June there were signs that the virus was resurgent and when July arrived Newsom took action.

Los Angeles County also recorded a new high in hospitalizations on Friday, with 2,093 people reported hospitalized with confirmed coronavirus infections; that number dropped less than 2% on Saturday, when 2,056 people were confirmed to be in the hospital.

Those counties represent 80% of the state's population and include all the counties along the state's southern border, including Los Angeles, San Diego, San Bernardino and Imperial, but not the state's northernmost counties.

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