With virus cases increasing, Governor Newsom orders re-opened businesses to close
IRWINDALE - As coronavirus continue to climb across California and in many other Sun Belt states, on Monday Governor Gavin Newsom ordered a host of businesses to shut down their operations for the next few weeks in order to slow the spread of the virus and reduce potential strain on the hospital system. Effective immediately for the entire state, all indoor activities at restaurants, movie theaters, wineries and tasting rooms, zoos, museums, family entertainment facilities, and card rooms must cease. Bars and breweries must cease indoor and outdoor operations. Restaurants with outdoor seating can continue to operate.
In 30 counties in the state, notably the most populated ones, additional closings were ordered. Shutdowns were ordered for gyms and fitness centers, places of worship, protests, hair salons, indoor malls, and some offices unless they can operate outdoors or by pick-up.
The closings come as new daily coronavirus cases continue to rise and hospital beds are filling up across the state. Public health officials worry that if this trend continues, the state's hospital and health care system will be overwhelmed.
Hopes had been high in May and June that California had largely succeeded in slowing the spread of the coronavirus, allowing most businesses to reopen. The resumed closures - which many assume will remain in place for at least most of July - have hit many business owners in the state hard, especially after many have spent time, energy, and precious dollars to ensure their newly re-opened businesses were properly sanitized and that their employees were protected with masks, gloves, and face shields.
Concerns are rising about the economic of rolling closures on business operations. Business owners need to have a reasonable expectation that if they are allowed to re-open their businesses, that they can continue their operations without interruption. Stopping and starting and then stopping again is brutal for employers and employees alike.