California orders sweeping rollback of open businesses as virus cases surge


California's movie theaters, bars, indoor restaurants, wineries and museums statewide must be closed due to the "alarming" spread of COVID-19, Gov. Gavin Newsom said on Monday.

Under the new order, restaurants, wineries, tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums, cardrooms, gyms, hair salons, barbershops, indoor malls, personal care services, places of worship and offices in non-critical sectors will all be shut down. The order affects more than 30 counties in the state, or about 80 percent of California's population. While outdoor operations are still allowed where possible, the indoor closures are effective immediately. The governor also ordered 30 counties to close gyms, churches, hair salons, malls and other businesses, according to the L.A. Times, but Humboldt is not among those counties.

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On Monday, California reported 8,358 new confirmed cases and 23 new deaths, making for a total of 329,162 cases and 7,040 deaths statewide. But Monday, the state's two largest school districts, San Diego and Los Angeles, announced their students would start the school year with online learning only. The counties with the highest number of cases include Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange and San Diego, in that order. Like other states that took similar steps, a subsequent rise in cases and hospitalizations led him to impose new restrictions this month. Newsom moved quickly to let most businesses reopen in May. Cases began rising in early June and have exploded since, increasing 48 percent in the past two weeks while hospitalizations have increased 40 percent.