California Has Indefinitely Closed Down Movie Theaters Again


Gavin Newsom announced Monday that effective immediately, indoor businesses statewide will need to close their doors as well as additional indoor operations in all 58 counties that have been on the monitoring list.

The neighboring state of OR banned indoor gatherings of more than 10 people - except at places of worship and businesses - and mandated outdoor face coverings where social distancing is not possible.

Indoor operations at wineries, movie theaters, tasting rooms, family entertainment centers, museums, zoos, and cardrooms have to shut down.

Overall, California has reported more than 329,100 cases and more than 7,000 deaths, though infections are probably higher because some people don't show symptoms and there's a lack of testing.

The reimposition of the restrictions in the state with almost 40 million people was prompted by a 20% rise in people testing positive in the past two weeks. The state's positivity rate, or the per cent of all tests returning positive, has ticked up to 7.4 per cent. They include Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Orange, San Diego and Fresno.

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There are six ways to end up on the state's COVID monitoring list, and the one that San Diego County triggered involves having more than 100 confirmed COVID cases per 100,000 residents for several days in a row. Public health officials praised the state's quick action, marveling at how the nation's most populous state kept its cases and hospitalizations low while states like NY and New Jersey struggled to contain the highly contagious disease.

"If they don't follow the rules, things are going to continue the way they are going", he said.

Los Angeles County continues to see evidence of increased community spread of COVID-19, according to Public Health. Newsom did not provide a time frame for the businesses to be shut down. Cases began rising in early June and have exploded since, increasing 48 percent in the past two weeks while hospitalizations have increased 40 percent.

Newsom said Monday's restrictions on indoor activities were driven in part by an influx of coronavirus patients in intensive care units in the state's rural areas like Lake, Butte and Placer counties. 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.