UPDATE: Kern County expected to be back on state watchlist this weekend, causing new business closures


UPDATE (3:16 p.m.): Gov. Newsom’s recently announced restrictions for counties on the state’s monitoring list are expected to apply to Kern County starting on Saturday.

Chief Communications Officer Megan Person said that while Kern County isn’t currently on the state’s watchlist, the county is expected to fail the state’s monitoring metrics over the next few days and is likely to soon be placed back on the list soon.

At that point, she said the county would have to implement the state’s new order to shut down fitness centers, worship services, protests, offices in non-critical sectors, hair salons, barbershops, personal care services and malls unless they can be modified to operate outside or by pickup.

Person said that on Sunday, the county exceeded the state’s metrics and expects that it will continue to do so over the next few days.

“Three subsequent consecutive days on the monitoring list results in the governor’s newly announced restrictions applying in Kern,” she said. “At this time, it is anticipated that the governor’s restrictions will apply to Kern County effective…Saturday.”

UPDATE (2 p.m.): Gov. Newsom has clarified that Kern County is no longer on the state’s monitoring list and that the new actions announced for counties on the list do not apply to Kern.

Newsom said Kern County hasn’t been on the list as of this morning. Chief Administrative Officer Ryan Alsop confirmed that Kern County will not be required to close fitness centers, worship services, offices in non-critical sectors, hair salons, barbershops or malls at this time.

UPDATE: Gov. Newsom has announced that all counties must now close certain indoor operations, including restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos and museums and cardrooms. Bars are required to close all operations.

In addition, counties on the state’s monitoring list must now close additional indoor operations, including fitness centers, worship services, offices in non-critical sectors, hair salons and barbershops as well as malls.

These new closures come after counties on the list were already required to close the indoor operations that are now being implemented statewide.

SACRAMENTO (KGET) — Gov. Gavin Newsom is holding a press briefing at noon today to provide an update on the state’s COVID-19 response.

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