On Sunday, Governor Gavin Newsom ordered all bars and nightlife to close in seven counties, including Los Angeles County. Additionally, he recommended that eight other counties close their nightlife as well due to the rising spread of coronavirus.
On June 5, the state posted guidance allowing for the opening of bars as of June 12. All that has changed as COVID-19 cases continue to increase in Southern California.
Newsom tweeted, "Due to the rising spread of #COVID19, CA is ordering bars to close in Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, San Joaquin, and Tulare, while recommending they close in Contra Costa, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, & Ventura."
"Californians must remain vigilant against this virus," he later added in a statement.
"COVID-19 is still circulating in California, and in some parts of the state, growing stronger. That's why it is critical we take this step to limit the spread of the virus in the counties that are seeing the biggest increases. Each of us has the power to limit the spread of this virus. Wear a face covering and keep physically distant outside the home. Don't gather in groups, and if you are older or have a condition that puts you at higher risk of COVID-19, protect yourself by staying home."
The California Department of Public Health guidance says that "brewpubs, breweries, bars, and pubs, should close until those establishments are allowed to resume operation per state guidance and local permission, unless they are offering sit-down, dine-in meals. Alcohol can only be sold in the same transaction as a meal.