State shuts down activities as COVID indicators rise

At his regular press briefing Monday, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced a number of new COVID-19 restrictions. The orders were the most restrictive since the state started reopening earlier this summer.

Statewide, indoor dining is barred and all bars must close. Movie theaters, family entertainment centers, and zoos and museums must also close statewide.

“Our county is at a critical moment,” Santa Clara County Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody said in a weekend video.

Additionally, in more than 30 counties, gyms, churches, hair and nail salons, and more must close. That includes a number of Bay Area Counties. Santa Clara County confirmed late Monday that it too would shutter these industries on Wednesday, July 15.

A list of closures coming to Santa Clara County. Table provided by the County Health Department.

It comes as schools rethink fall reopenings, and as local leaders plead with residents to stay home or wear masks.

Monday also marks the first day of Santa Clara County’s new, risk-mitigation-focused health order.

“Nobody wants to shut things down again and the way to prevent this is for all of us to action together,” Cody continued.

“The good news is that there is something that each of us can do. One: stay home as much as possible. Two: if you do leave the house, make sure you’re wearing a face covering and stay outside as much as you can…And three: always stay at least six feet away from people outside of your household,” Cody added.