California indefinitely suspends indoor church services, bars, salons

by Jeffrey Swindoll · Jul 15th, 2020 2:12 pm
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Last Updated Jul 23rd, 2020 at 1:14 pm

The California Department of Public Health issued a new order on Monday, mandating restaurants, bars, churches, fitness centers, hair salons, and barbershops in at least 32 of the state's counties to close indefinitely.

"The current data reflect that community spread of infection is of increasing concern across the state," said Sonia Angell, the state's public health officer and director. "On July 1, 2020, there were 19 counties on the County Monitoring List. As of July 13, 2020, there are 32 counties on the list, and additional counties may soon be added as data warrants."

California initially instituted its lockdown orders on March 19. California Gov. Gavin Newsom said the state will be returning to its original "stay-at-home" order.

"We're going back into modification mode of our original stay at home order," Newsom said, according to The New York Times. "This continues to be a deadly disease."

There is currently no end date for the restrictions.

"The Governor has consistently said that asking people to do the right thing is the most powerful enforcement tool we have," a spokesperson for the CDPH said. "This is a statewide requirement and flows from the same legal authority as all of the other state orders. Californians have done incredible work following those orders — saving lives in the process. We expect that will continue to be the case."


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