California Governor Gavin Newsom on Sunday ordered the immediate closure of Los Angeles bars – just over a week after they reopened – amid a spate of local coronavirus cases.
Los Angeles was one of seven counties to have closed its facilities by state health officials – who have urged eight other counties to do the same.
“COVID-19 is still circulating in California and, in some parts of the state, is getting stronger,” Newsom said in a statement, according to the LA Times.
“This is why it is essential that we take this action to limit the spread of the virus in the countries experiencing the highest increases.”
In the case of LA, the movement reverses the County Bars Reopen, nail salons and other shops on June 19.
The county reported 2,169 new cases of the virus on Saturday, according to the Times. To date, 95,385 cases have been reported in Los Angeles, with 3,285 deaths, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins.
The counties of Fresno, Imperial, Kings, Kern, San Joaquin and Tulare were also affected by the California closure order.
The other eight counties where local health officials were also urged by the state to close their bars were Contra Costa, Riverside, Sacramento, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, Santa Clara, Stanislaus and Ventura.
“We are actively monitoring COVID-19 across the state and are working closely with counties where rates are increasing and regarding modes of transmission,” said Sonia Angell, director of public health for Newsom, in a statement.
“Closing bars in these counties is one of the many targeted actions that counties are taking in our state to slow the spread of the virus and reduce risks.”