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Gov. Newsom orders closure of some indoor operations in several counties, including Kern County


SACRAMENTO (KGET) — Gov. Gavin Newsom announced new guidelines requiring the closure of some indoor operations for counties on the state’s watchlist, including Kern County.

These indoor operations include restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums and cardrooms. In addition, the state said all brewpubs, breweries, bars and pubs in these counties must close immediately, both indoor and outdoor.

Outdoor and/or pickup service in these sectors will still be allowed, Newsom said.

“California is seeing the virus spreading at alarming rates in many parts of the state, and we are taking immediate action to slow the spread of the virus in those areas,” Newsom said. “We bent the curve in the state of California once, and we will bend the curve again. But we’re going to have to be tougher, and that’s why we are taking this action today.”

The new guidance is for 19 counties that have been on the monitoring list for at least three consecutive days. These orders are expected to stay in place for at least three weeks, Newsom said.

The new guidelines comes as the state has seen a surge in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks.

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