Governor Gavin Newsom ordered the closure of bars in seven California counties Sunday and recommended closures in eight counties, including the Bay Area, as the state’s coronavirus case load continued to grow.
The message, posted by the governor around noon on Twitter, said that “due to the rising spread of #COVID19, CA is ordering bars to close in Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, San Joaquin and Tulare.
The state is recommending that bars also close in the following eight counties: Contra Costa, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Stanislaus and Ventura.
The seven counties mandated to close their bars have been on the state’s COVID-19 watchlist for more than two weeks. The other counties, including Contra Costa and Santa Clara, have been on the watchlist for at least three days.
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