California rolls back reopening of bars, restaurants and indoor venues | California

California’s governor has ordered the closure of all recently reopened bars and halted indoor operations of restaurants, movie theaters, museums and zoos across the majority of the state following a surge in coronavirus cases.

The order affects 19 counties, amounting to 70% of California’s population, with some of the counties on the governor’s list among the most populous in the state: Los Angeles, Sacramento and Santa Clara.

“The bottom line is the spread of this virus continues at a rate that is particularly concerning,” Gavin Newsom said on Wednesday.

California has seen 5,898 new cases in the past 24 hours and recorded 110 deaths. The positivity rate over the past 14 days increased from 4.6% two weeks ago to 6%.

Newsom issued the order after much of the state’s economy had cautiously reopened, operating under new guidelines that allowed for social distancing. Newsom noted in the Wednesday briefing that an uptick in cases was to be expected. “As we open our economy, as more people mix, we’re going to see an increase in spread,” he said. “This was anticipated the day we advanced our efforts to curb the spread of this virus.”

But conditions in the 19 counties under the new order require more vigilance, Newsom said, especially ahead of the Fourth of July holiday weekend, when people will want to go out in congregate settings to celebrate.

Ahead of the festivities, he encouraged – but did not order – local jurisdictions to cancel their annual firework displays, as San Francisco, Los Angeles and Sacramento already have. And while Newsom refrained from closing state beaches over the weekend, he will close the parking lots.

“We recognize that all the enforcement in this space is really just about people doing the right thing, which is the default of 99.9% of us,” Newsom said. “We want to do the right thing, we want to be responsible, and at the same time, we want to be respected. I deeply respect people’s liberty, their desire to go back to the way things once were, but I cannot impress on you more that our actions have an impact on other people.”

In total, California has had 222,917 cases of coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, and 5,980 deaths.