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California again tightens quarantine: Newsom announced a budget emergency

Recalling the rapid pace of the spread of coronavirus in parts of California, State Governor Gavin Newsome issued a decree on Sunday, June 28, in seven counties, including Los Angeles. They should immediately close all open bars and nightclubs and recommended that eight other counties independently take measures to close these establishments. Writes about it Los Angeles Times.

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According to Newsom’s decree, you must close any bar, brewery or pub that sells alcoholic beverages without serving food at the same time. Those who sell food will either be subject to more stringent rules or they will be asked to focus on take-out and maintenance on outdoor sites.

The decision was announced in a statement by State Health Department spokesman Dr. Sonya Angell. Bars in seven counties should close: Los Angeles, Fresno, Kern, San Joaquin, Tulare, Kings and Imperial.

Officials asked eight other districts to issue their respective bar closure orders: Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Sacramento, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara and Stanislaus.

“COVID-19 is still circulating in California and is getting stronger in parts of the state,” Newsom said. “This is why it is so important that we take this step to limit the spread of the virus in the counties with the largest increases in cases.”

Newsom also recently announced a budget emergency that would allow California to take billions from its reserve account to help cover the large deficit caused by coronavirus, writes ABC7.

California now has the opportunity to take approximately $ 8 billion from the state emergency fund in the fiscal year that begins July 1. This is approximately half of what is in the fund. Newsom had to declare an emergency in order to legally take this money.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted that he supported the governor’s decree to close the bars.

“As we start opening more businesses, we may need to change plans to protect the public from this deadly virus,” Garcetti wrote.

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Los Angeles County health officials reported 2 new cases of COVID-542 on Sunday, June 19, the second largest daily number of new cases in the county since the pandemic.

“We are actively monitoring COVID-19 across the state and are working closely with counties with increased incidence rates,” Angell said. "Closing bars in these counties is one of a series of actions counties are taking in our state to slow the spread of the virus and reduce risk."

Bars, health officials say, often work with large crowds who take off their masks to drink, and loud music can make customers raise their voices - potentially spreading more particles in the air. The contact tracing required to determine where an infected person has been is more difficult when it comes to these establishments given the constant flow of customers.

How did the bar owners react

In Covina, the bar at Elvie's Hotel was crowded on Sunday, June 28, in the evening, but staff said the bar would be closed on Monday, June 29.

Angie Sharma-Weisberger, whose family owns the bar, said they opened Elvie on the first day they were allowed to, by installing plexiglass at bars and tables and training their employees in security protocols to reduce the risk of spreading the virus between employees and customers.

“They need to rethink this process in the future, because COVID-19 will obviously be a part of our lives until the end of the year,” she said. "We cannot continue to close businesses at any time."

Sunset Beer and Echo Park in Los Angeles just opened Friday for a limited number of shoppers. Its owners did not immediately open a bar where visitors can relax and sip drinks, saying in their Instagram post that they hoped to work out a "way to this point carefully and safely."

After Newsom announced the decree, Sunset Beer informed customers that the bar would again be closed to visitors and return to the web-based order and pick-up system.

“We remain optimistic about the future - it may take some time before we can return to normal, but we hope everyone will work together and take care of each other,” the Instagram post said.

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Other owners of the Echo Park bar said they did not dare to open during the two-week window. According to them, physical distance and other rules were not feasible in the bar.

In the San Diego County Department of Health, Friday, June 26, ordered the closure of the Escondido restaurant immediately, saying its owner refused to follow public health guidelines to prevent coronavirus outbreaks.

Growth in the number of infected

Anxiety due to the increasing number of cases spreads throughout California, on Sunday, June 28, the number of cases in the state exceeded 215. The number of hospitalizations and the incidence rate are also growing, and officials cite several probable factors, including reopening, private social meetings and recent protests over the murder of George Floyd.

Newsome announced that over the past two weeks, California has reported a 32 percent increase in hospital admissions with COVID-19.

The striking surge was also marked by an increase of 29% compared with Wednesday, June 24, when 4 patients with coronavirus were hospitalized in the state.

The state also recorded a 19% increase in intensive care unit admissions in the past 14 days, up from an 18% increase on June 24. Newsom said 34% of ICU beds in California are currently full.

Even more serious is the trend when it comes to hospitalization. The number of patients hospitalized with the virus in just two weeks increased by 29%, from 3177 to 4095.

The number of hospitalizations in intensive care units is also increasing: 18% in 14 days.

Newsom also recently said that he was ready to “return” to strict quarantine, if necessary.

“I understand that we are all human,” he said. - I am deeply aware that I have four children. We really want our children to play games so that they can return to normal life. "

On Friday June 26, Newsom announced that he was recommending Imperial County to restore stricter quarantine rules after an increase in the number of infected.

In San Bernardino County, officials said that many hospitals are approaching peak load and that they plan to open alternative care facilities for patients if the hospitals are full.

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Another day of a significant increase in the number of coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County and hospital admissions led health officials to warn that the county was entering a “critical moment” and that quarantine weakening is at risk if the trend does not change.

“If we fail to comply with ground rules, including wearing protective masks and distance ourselves from each other, we will jeopardize our ability to move forward in the recovery process,” said County Health Director Barbara Ferrer. "Our collective responsibility is to take immediate action, both for individuals and businesses, to reverse the trends we see."

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