Governor Orders Closure of Indoor Operations in Santa Barbara County
Governor Gavin Newsom during an earlier COVID-19 press conference (courtesy photo)
By edhat staff
Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered the closure of indoor operations such as dine-in restaurants, for 19 counties including Santa Barbara and Ventura.
These indoor operations that must close for at least three weeks include restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos and museums and cardrooms Newsom said during his coronavirus briefing.
“This doesn’t mean restaurants are shut down,” Newsom said. “It means that we’re trying to take the activities, as many activities as we can -- these mixed activities, these concentrated activities — and move them outdoors, which is a way of mitigating the spread of this virus.”
The 19 counties affected have been included on the state's COVID-19 watch list for having elevated disease transmission, increasing hospitalization and limited hospital capacity.
The affected counties are Contra Costa, Fresno, Glenn, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, Merced, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Joaquin, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Solano, Stanislaus, Tulare, and Ventura.
Newsom stated the above counties should consider canceling firework shows if they haven't already, and supports the decision by Los Angeles and Ventura county officials for preemptively closing beaches. He stated he is not mandating the closure of beaches but will be modifying parking facility operations and closing them to traffic throughout southern California and parts of Monterey, Santa Cruz and farther north.
Santa Barbara and Goleta have already cancelled firework displays but decided to keep local beaches open, much to the dismay of residents who fear people from other counties will travel to the area for the holiday weekend.
On Wednesday evening, the City of Santa Barbara announced they will close all of its beach parking lots for the 4th of July Weekend beginning on Friday, July 3rd through Sunday, July 5th in association with the State closing all beach parking. Public parking on Stearns Wharf and Harbor Main lots will remain open to support the liveaboards, marina and adjacent businesses.
The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department reported emergency permits for food service will no longer be allowed in any of the businesses outlined by the Governor.
This guidance is to stay in place for a minimum of three weeks and is subject to extension based on epidemiologic indicators.
“We advise local businesses to prepare for these newly announced closures,” shared Public Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg. “We know that indoor settings with close crowds, as typically seen on holiday weekends, can create an unfavorable environment for the transmission of this virus. Please limit your exposure to people outside your home and wear your face covering when needed.”
Newsom stated California had seen a 43% increase in the coronavirus hospitalization rate and a nearly 50% increase in COVID-19 cases in the past 14 days, as well as 110 deaths within the past 24 hours.