California Closes Indoor Businesses Statewide As COVID-19 Cases Surge

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San Diego County and other counties on the state's monitoring lists are being directed to close indoor operations at fitness centers, worship services, offices for non-critical sections, personal care services, hair salons and barber shops and malls.

Both local and state leaders in the USA have said in recent weeks new cases are largely driven by Americans who have opted to resume gatherings and outings to bars. "While he continues to blame Californians for his failure in leadership, his demands to close our small businesses and lack of direction on opening schools will further harm California's school children and the small businesses that fuel our economy", Jessica Millan Patterson, chairwoman of the California Republican Party, said in a written statement.

Gov. Gavin Newsom's sweeping order to shut down bars, indoor dining and other operations statewide hit San Mateo County differently than any other area.

The reimposition of the restrictions in the state with almost 40 million people was prompted by a 20% rise in people testing positive in the past two weeks. In the last week, the state's seven-day average of positive coronavirus tests rose from 7,876 on July 6 to 8,211 on Monday. In Kern County, two local businesses were cited between July 3 to July 5 for operating indoor operations in violation of the governor's executive order.

"That's why it's incumbent upon all of us to recognize, soberly, that COVID-19 is not going away any time soon", Newsom said.

California in March was the first state to impose a mandatory stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the virus.

Los Angeles County continues to see evidence of increased community spread of COVID-19, according to Public Health.

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On Monday, the Los Angeles and San Diego unified school districts announced that schools will only offer online teaching in August, Reuters reported.

"There will be no return to the "old normal" for the foreseeable future", he said, warning that without governments adopting a comprehensive strategy, the situation would get "worse and worse and worse".

California has reimposed restrictions on businesses and public spaces amid a spike of coronavirus infections in America's most populous state.

Cases have increased 47% over the past two weeks, while hospital admissions have jumped 28% during the same period.

The order means that indoor and outdoor bars must shut down, and restaurants were told to close indoor operations.

And in what may prove a blow to those who have recovered, researchers at Kings College London said COVID-19 survivors could lose their immunity, leaving them vulnerable to reinfection within months.

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