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CA Gov Newsom Orders the Closure of Bars, 65 years-old & Chronically Ill Asked to Stay Inside


California Governor Gavin Newsom announced the temporary closure of bars, nightclubs, wineries, and pubs statewide, and advising the elderly and those with chronic health problems to stay inside in an effort to slow down the spread of the infectious coronavirus.


  • Gov Newsom also called for more social distancing in restaurants saying "we are asking that restaurants practice deep social distancing by reducing occupancy by half”.

  • 85% of California's school children won't be in school on Monday.

  • Newsom also said the state is obtaining more hotel and motel rooms to house the homeless.

  • California has 335 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.


Update: Long Beach guidance to restaurants includes the following:

  • A list of bars will be provided on www.longbeach.gov/COVID19. Bars include, but are not limited to, taverns (including bars, pubs, cocktail lounges, and similar establishments) and alcoholic beverage manufacturing facilities

  • A list of defined restaurants will be provided on www.longbeach.gov/COVID19. Restaurants include, but are not limited to, establishments engaged in the preparation and sale of food for immediate consumption with seating for customers to consume on-site.

  • Restaurants are encouraged to practice social distancing when serving customers, with spacing 6 feet apart wherever possible, including when standing in line or waiting for food.

  • Restaurants are encouraged to create areas for pickup of food that are separated from areas to provide for 6 feet of social distancing Per the Governor’s announcement to reduce occupancy by half, Long Beach recommends restaurants only admit half as many patrons as its posted occupancy allows per the Long Beach Fire Department


Why it matters:

Governor Newsom's announcement comes at the heels of other State governments making similar declarations during the coronavirus crisis.


  • Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker ordered all bars and restaurants in Illinois to be closed from Monday 16th through March 30th.

  • Hoboken, NJ has instituted a 10 pm to 5 am city-wide curfew, and has closed all restaurants and bars.

  • NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio said “Tomorrow, I will sign an Executive Order limiting restaurants, bars, and cafes to food take-out and delivery. Nightclubs, movie theaters, small theater houses, and concert venues must all close. The order will go into effect".

  • San Bernardino County has reported its first case of the Coronavirus today. The patient is a 53-year-old woman, who recently traveled to London. She is currently hospitalized at the Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center, per KTLA.

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