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Newsom: Further Restrictions Possible If Virus Threat Rises

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Newsom: Further Restrictions Possible If Virus Threat Rises

Nearly three-quarters of California residents live in counties facing concerning coronavirus trends, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday as he warned he would impose further targeted shutdowns of counties or businesses if necessary and step up enforcement of his orders.

Newsom’s comments came a day after he ordered bars to close in seven counties and suggested eight others do the same. All are on a county monitoring list that now includes 19 of the state’s 58 counties, home to a majority of California’s nearly 40 million people. Sacramento and Riverside counties announced later Monday they would close bars; the state had suggested but not mandated closure in both counties.

“Many people were not necessarily being as responsible as we would like them to be as it relates to practicing physical distancing,” Newsom said of his decision.

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Any county on the state’s monitoring list for more than 14 days must close bars. Newsom said he’s also considering more restrictive measures, but he gave no details. He also said the state would step up its enforcement of guidelines and the mandatory mask order. California was the first state to issue a mandatory stay-at-home order in mid-March, but Newsom began relaxing restrictions in early May. Now most counties may allow the opening of retail stores, restaurants for dining in, movie theaters, nail and hair salons, day camps, outdoor spaces and more. But the state’s confirmed cases are on the rise, as are hospitalizations and the rate of people testing positive for the virus, both concerning signs to state health officials.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that […]

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