Severity: Critical Alert
Transportation: Officials in California, US, reimpose restrictions in 19 counties on July 1 due to an increase in COVID-19 activity.
- Alert Begins: 01 Jul 2020 11:25 PM UTC
- Alert Expires: 10 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): California (map)
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Business disruptions
California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an order to reimpose certain business restrictions in 19 of the state's 58 counties on July 1, due to spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in those areas. Under the directive, bars must close, while restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, bowling alleys, batting cages, arcades, zoos, museums, and cardrooms must close indoor operations. The order applies for the following 19 counties:
- 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
Those industries may remain operational in the rest of the state, under Stage 2 of California's economic recovery plan. Additionally, gyms and fitness centers, office-based businesses, retail stores, manufacturing companies, personal care services, casinos, hotels, campgrounds, and outdoor recreational facilities may open statewide, albeit with some limitations. Professional sports teams are also allowed to train without audiences. Local authorities may impose more restrictive measures if they consider it necessary.
All businesses must comply with certain requirements aimed at preventing a resurgence in COVID-19 cases, such as enhancing sanitation procedures, closing off areas where people might gather, and observing social-distancing standards, among other things.
Additionally, as of June 19, the use of protective face coverings is mandatory while in indoor facilities, in line to obtain services, or riding public transportation, as well as when in public and social distancing is not possible.
California's stay-at-home order will remain in force until further notice. Under the directive, residents may only be away from their homes to perform allowed activities, such as purchasing basic goods, seeking healthcare services, or traveling to/from employment at a business or organization allowed to open. Essential services, such as banks, gas stations, and grocery stores, as well as police and emergency services and transport, critical manufacturing, and media companies, will continue to operate.
Officials could amend any restrictions on short notice, depending on the disease activity in the coming weeks.
Strictly heed the instructions of authorities. Confirm appointments. Remain courteous and cooperative if approached and questioned by law enforcement officers.
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.