During today's news conference, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state is ordering the closure of indoor operations for restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, zoos & museums, cardrooms, and family entertainment centers.
The order goes into effect immediately and will last for the next three weeks in all counties that have been on the state's "watch list" for at least three days. This includes Riverside, Imperial, Los Angeles, & Orange counties.
"This doesn't mean restaurants shut down. It means we're trying to take activities, as many activities as we can, these mixed activities, concentrated activities, and move them outdoors," Newsoms said.
Newsom said the decision was made in response to spiking coronavirus cases.
A spokesperson for the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, our local zoo, told News Channel 3 its indoor spaces have already been closed and will remain so now, so the zoo is not affected by this new order.
Additionally, Newsom urged counties on the state's coronavirus
watch list to consider cancelling all fireworks shows over the Fourth of July weekend. Two valley cities already canceled their fireworks show, but as of today, the Agua Caliente firework show is still on.
The governor asked residents to avoid crowds and not to gather with anyone not in their households.
Newsom announced the state established an enforcement strike team which will include ABC, CalOSHA, Department of Business Oversight, Department of Consumer Affairs, and the California Highway Patrol. The team will target non-compliant workplaces, aiming to get voluntary compliance.
If individual counties are falling short of enforcing requirements, they could face a loss of state funding.
Be sure to catch the full story later today here at KESQ.com, and on-air on News Channel 3.