By late April, Newsom - under increasing pressure - began slowly and then more quickly allowing businesses and activities to resume, citing the state's increased hospital capacity to handle a new surge of cases. The West Hollywood City Council on July 6 endorsed amendments to the City Manager's COVID-19 emergency order that will allow gyms to expand outdoors into adjacent parking lots or other private property.
Newsom also ordered the statewide closure of indoor operations at restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, zoos, aquariums, family entertainment centers and card rooms - and the full closure of all bars.
California has more than 330,000 Covid-19 cases, with more than 7,000 deaths.
California was averaging more than 8,000 new cases a day as of Sunday - more than double what it was a month ago. Over the last seven days, the death rate has dropped by 20 percent, while hospitalizations have increased by 24 percent. California has reported almost 110,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus within the last 14 days, according to the governor's website.
Here in the Bay Area it was Alameda County suspending outdoor dining and Sonoma County having to shut down all its reopened bars and indoor restaurants that have marked the biggest changes to public health mandates Monday.
California drastically rolled back its reopening plans Monday as coronavirus cases surged across dozens of USA states and the World Health Organization warned that too many nations are mismanaging their pandemic response. Bars across the state must cease all operations.
"The state confirmed this afternoon that it will require sectors closed for indoor operations in counties on the monitoring list to close in Santa Clara County effective Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 12:01 a.m". "Hopefully Los Angeles and San Diego can get there soon as well, as that is what is best for children." spokesman Judd Deer said.
"Some of this may be lag, we may see deaths start to climb again because we've only really experienced this rapid increase in cases over the last five to six weeks", Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO's emergencies program, told CNBC.
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.
Newsom stressed how important testing for COVID-19 is.
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