Thursday, June 17, 2021



Governor continues shutdowns

EDITORS NOTE: On Tuesday, July 14, Governor Gavin Newsom announced additional closures across the state, expanding restrictions of business activity to all counties in the State of California. Those updated items are listed below this article. As the information changes frequently, we’ve included links to the states website for up-to-date information. 

On Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that 30 counties on the state’s monitoring list must close its offices for non-critical sectors, fitness centers, places of worship, nail and hair salons, barbershops, and indoor malls. This includes Colusa County.

The governor said, “We’re continuing to see hospitalizations rise and we continue to see an increase in the rate of positivity in the state,” giving justification for his recent order.

“We are moving back into a ‘modification mode’ of our original stay-at-home order,” said Newsom. “This is a new statewide action, effective today.”

As for the rest of the state, the governor announced that all counties must close their restaurants, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, wineries, zoos, and bars.

“As a reminder to limit mixing with those outside of your household – it’s just common sense, but the data suggests that not everyone is practicing common sense.”

“…and if you must mix, take it outside when you can,” he said.

The governor said that the spirit of Monday’s conference was looking at moving those activities we did indoors, such as restaurants, to the outdoors where activities were more favorable in decreasing the spread of the virus.

“The impact of the spread of the virus outside, we believe, is more favorable than mixing with individuals for an extended period of time inside where we don’t have the air circulation,” he said.

The governor said that the information is based on contact tracing – not only in this state – across the country, and around the world.

The governor did not include an end date for the orders, nor did he provide a time frame for the businesses to be shut down. Some industries were notified that closures will last 21-days in which status will be re-evaluated.

When asked if the closure order included protests Newsom said, “We have a framework around protests,” indicating that the new restrictions would prohibit indoor, but not outdoor gatherings of that type.

The governor reiterated the importance of wearing a mask, physically distancing and washing your hands.

UPDATE – AS OF JULY 14, at 10:04 AM –

Effective July 13, 2020, ALL counties must close indoor operations in these sectors:

  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Wineries and tasting rooms
  • Movie theaters
  • Family entertainment centers (for example: bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades)
  • Zoos and museums
  • Cardrooms

Additionally, bars, brewpubs, breweries, and pubs must close all operations both indoor and outdoor statewide, unless they are offering sit-down, outdoor dine-in meals. Alcohol can only be sold in the same transaction as a meal.

Counties that have remained on the County Monitoring List for 3 consecutive days, including Colusa County, will be required to shut down the following industries or activities unless they can be modified to operate outside or by pick-up.

  • Fitness centers
  • Worship services
  • Protests
  • Offices for non-essential sectors
  • Personal care services, like nail salons, body waxing and tattoo parlors
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Malls

What is open?

Essential services that protect public health, public safety, and provide essential needs will remain open, such as:

  • Gas stations
  • Pharmacies
  • Food: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants
  • Banks
  • Laundromats/laundry services
  • Childcare
  • Essential state and local government functions will also remain open, including law enforcement and offices that provide government programs and services.

Retailers can open statewide. All will require modifications to support social distancing. This includes:

  • Shopping malls (outdoor)
  • Libraries
  • Drive-in theaters (with modifications)
  • Bookstores
  • Jewelry stores
  • Toy stores
  • Clothing and shoe stores
  • Home and furnishing stores
  • Sporting goods stores
  • Florists

Offices (critical infrastructure indoors and outdoors; non-critical infrastructure outdoor only)

Limited services which do not generally require close customer contact, such as:

  • Pet grooming
  • Dog walking
  • Car washes
  • Appliance repair
  • Residential and janitorial cleaning
  • Limited services for places of worship
  • Plumbing

Outdoor museums

Music, film, and TV production

Professional sports (without live audiences)

Schools and day camps

What is closed?

Statewide, the following are closed:

  • Bars, brewpubs, breweries, and pubs, both indoors and outdoors, unless they are offering sit-down, outdoor dine-in meals. Alcohol can only be sold in the same transaction as a meal.
  • Public events and gatherings, like live audience sports
  • Convention centers
  • Theme parks and festivals
  • Higher education (in person), except where supporting essential workforce activities, including but not limited to providing housing solutions, COVID-19 response, and training and instruction for the essential workforce.
  • Indoor playgrounds, like bounce centers, ball pits and laser tag
  • Saunas and steam rooms
  • Recreational team sports

Statewide, the following must close indoor operations:

  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Wineries and tasting rooms
  • Movie theaters
  • Family entertainment centers
  • Zoos and museums
  • Cardrooms

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