California Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered the closure of indoor restaurants, bars, movie theaters, and more in Orange County and several other counties around the state. Bars are required to close their outdoor operations.
The new rules mandate certain businesses stop indoor operations - including dine-in restaurants, wineries, museums and movie theaters - for all counties that have been on the state watchlist for more than three days.
"The alarming increases in cases, positivity rates and hospitalizations signals that we, as a community, need to take immediate action to slow the spread of COVID-19".
Those counties were placed on the state's new County Watchlist for more than three weeks.
The state recorded almost 6,000 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, the governor said.
"Please disabuse yourself that people are no longer dying", Newsom said.
The state is not closing beaches, but is "modifying" parking operations at beaches. That anxious public health officials because people were expected to gather in larger numbers than they have for months after the state relaxed its stay-at-home order allowing more businesses to open.
The new closures illustrate growing geographic divides in the pandemic's California toll.
Last weekend, Newsom ordered bars in Los Angeles County and six other counties to close - a move which San Diego and Orange Counties followed this week.
The Kern County Public Health Department released a statement following the announcement, stating that they are encouraging residents and local businesses to adhere to the states guidelines.
He noted that is impossible to make sure all businesses comply with state directives, so they will go after businesses being most aggressive in "thumbing their nose" against directives.
All parking lots at state parks and state beaches in Southern California and the Bay area will be closed, Newsom said. Newsom said the state is stepping in "from a code and licensing perspective". "Then all of a sudden, you see a spread".
The talk will provide new information on Project Roomkey, an initiative meant to keep individuals experiencing homelessness from catching - and spreading - the coronavirus.
"Wearing a face covering is a sign of toughness", he said.