California Governor Re-Closes Indoor Restaurants, Move Theaters, Bars Amid Coronavirus Spikes

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California Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Monday that businesses and entertainment venues across the state would be having to reclose.

The sweeping re-closures of businesses come as California is seeing a spike in the number of coronavirus-related cases, Axios reports.

On Monday, the California governor “ordered indoor operations for restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, and other family entertainment like zoos, museums, and card rooms to cease immediately. Bars must also close entirely,” Axios reports.

That’s not all.

According to the report, “30 counties in the state will also be required to close fitness centers, places of worship, offices for noncritical sectors, personal care services, hair salons, barbershops, and malls.”

To put that “30 counties” into perspective, the list represents 80 percent of all Californians.

Despite mainstream media being obsessed with talking about other states, the coronavirus numbers in California are staggering.

“California has reported a seven-day average of more than 8,500 new coronavirus cases per day, according to state data. The state has reported 329,162 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in total, resulting in 7,040 deaths,” Axios reports.

While the state is reclosing down, the Orange County Board of Education is looking long-term to the fall and voted 4 to 1 to reopen without requiring face masks. In just two months’ time, the county seems to believe the state will return (somewhat) to normalcy.

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The board submitted a list of precautions students, parents, and the faculty can take.

The Hill reports:

In a 4-1 vote, the board approved recommendations that include frequent hand-washing, daily temperature checks and nightly disinfection of facilities and vehicles, but did not include mandatory masks for students, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“K-12 children represent the lowest-risk cohort for Covid-19. Because of that fact, social distancing of children and reduced census classrooms is not necessary and therefore not recommended,” the board’s recommendations reads. “Requiring children to wear masks during school is not only difficult —if not impossible to implement — but not based on science. It may even be harmful and is therefore not recommended.”

Although children are at lower risk of hospitalization from the virus, people at any age with underlying conditions are at higher risk for the virus. About 6 million children in the U.S. have asthma, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to the report, the list of recommendations also includes accomodating students and families that are worried about sending their students back to school.

“Though it is important that we reopen our schools, some parents and some employees may reasonably question their own fitness for a fall return,” the list reads. “We understand that multigenerational families, for instance, or families in which children or adults live with maladies that make them more vulnerable might feel safe at home. It’s important that school districts accommodate these choices to the best of their ability.”

The Hill also reports the school districts in Los Angeles and San Diego — the state’s two largest — announced they would not be holding in-person classes in the fall.

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