Severity: Critical Alert

Transportation: Authorities in California, US, reimpose several business restrictions statewide July 13, due to an increase in COVID-19 activity.

  • Alert Begins: 13 Jul 2020 10:07 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 28 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 on July 13 to reimpose several business restrictions that had previously been lifted, due to an increase in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity in the state.

Effective immediately, the directive orders the statewide closure of a variety of businesses and operations, including bars, breweries, pubs, wineries, tasting rooms, movie theaters, indoor entertainment centers - such as bowling alleys, batting cages, mini-golf and arcades - zoos, museums, cardrooms, and indoor service at restaurants.

Additionally, in the 29 counties that are on the County Monitoring List as of July 13 due to high levels of COVID-19 activity, state authorities ordered the closure of the following businesses and activities, unless they can operate outdoors: gyms and fitness centers, worship services, malls, offices for nonessential sectors, personal care businesses - such as hair salons and barbershops - and protests.

The 29 counties affected are as follows:


  • Colusa, Contra Costa, Fresno, Glenn, Imperial, Kings, Los Angeles, Madera, Marin, Merced, Monterey, Napa, Orange, Placer, Riverside, Sacramento, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Joaquin, Santa Barbara, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tulare, Ventura, Yolo, and Yuba


In the remaining 29 counties, those services and activities may remain operational under Stage 2 of California's economic recovery plan. Professional sports teams are also allowed to train without spectators. 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, 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.

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