Bars in LA, Beaches in Florida Close for July 4


Bars were already ordered to shut down in Los Angeles and six other counties on Sunday as businesses hit hard by the virus looked to the busy summer holiday to recoup some losses.

Constantine added the county was not consulted with the decision and will be asking the state how it will enforce the updated mandate.

"This is a very, very serious situation and the window is closing for us to take action and get this under control", Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said on CNN on Sunday.

San Diego County, among the state's most populous, will close its bars Wednesday despite not being on either list.

COVID-19 hospitalizations in California have been increasing for weeks, along with the state's rate of people who test positive for the virus. Bars often have many groups of people mixing, and alcohol consumption can impair bar-goers' judgment and cause them to ignore social distancing precautions, such as staying 6 feet from one another and wearing masks.

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"COVDID-19 is still a concern for us and we don't want to lose any progress", he said. The state is now closely monitoring 19 counties for surges in cases - which recently have skewed toward younger residents - and hospitalizations, which still largely affect older residents and those with underlying health conditions.

California was the first to enact a statewide stay-at-home order in mid-March and has been slow to reopen.

The announcement on from the California Department of Public Health says, "Whereas other industries and establishments were permitted to open with modifications in Stage 2, bars are in Stage 3 because they pose the highest risk of all sectors allowed to open so far". As testing capacity continues to increase across the state, an increase in the number of positive cases has been expected - increasing the importance of positivity rates to find signs of community spread.

Those include 23 in California City (13 recovered); 18 in Mojave (15 recovered); three cases reported in Edwards (no reported recoveries); 55 cases in Rosamond (43 recovered); 37 in Tehachapi (30 recovered); and two cases in Boron, both recovered.

The question now is if and when the governor may ask other counties on the list to "toggle back" reopening plans, though exactly what that might entail remains unclear. The counties under the mandatory bar closure order are: Los Angeles, Fresno, San Joaquin, Kings, Kern, Imperial and Tulare.