As Californians gear up to see an Independence Day like no other in modern day history, the list of things revelers can do to celebrate is shaping up to be even more restrictive.
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced several new orders on July 1, activating the "dimmer switch" in the state's reopening process he's touted frequently before.
Effective immediately, business sectors in 19 counties across the state must close indoor operations "due risk of spread."
- Wineries and tasting rooms
- Movie theaters
- Family entertainment centers (for examples: bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades)
- Zoos and museums
Bars are ordered to completely close, even if they are operating outside.
The closures will remain in place for "at least three weeks," Newsom said.
"The bottom line is the spread of this virus continues at a rate that is particularly concerning," he said.
The 19 counties singled out for being on the "county monitoring list" for three consecutive days include:
- Contra Costa
- Los Angeles
- San Bernardino
- San Joaquin
- Santa Barbara
- Santa Clara
Newsom said the population from these counties represents more than 70% of the state's overall population.
Additional July 4 Closures
In addition to the closures listed above, Newsom also announced July 1 several closures that affect parking at many beach areas of the state for the holiday weekend.