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Kern County to allow more industry sectors to re-open, including schools, gyms and bars

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Posted at 4:51 PM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 20:09:22-04

On Friday, Kern County received new guidelines that would allow more local businesses to re-open, including schools, gyms and bars.

The businesses that will be able to open under the new guidelines include:

  • Schools
  • Day Camps
  • Camping
  • Hotels (for tourism)
  • Casinos and card rooms
  • Film, television, and music production
  • Pro sports without an audience
  • Bars and wineries
  • Gyms and fitness studios
  • Family entertainment centers (bowling alleys, crazy golf, batting cages)
  • Zoos and museums.

“Businesses that have been issued State guidance are allowed to reopen in Kern County,” says Dr. Kris Lyon. “We encourage everyone to continue to protect themselves from COVID-19, practice physical distancing, wear face coverings when unable to achieve physical distancing, and wash hands frequently.”

Kern County Public Health will be assisting those businesses to understand what the new guidelines are and how to implement them.

"We want businesses to open safely and responsibly and as quickly as possible. We continue to ask the community to comply with the safety measures implemented within our business as they reopen in this new environment. These actions have been and will continue to play a crucial role in slowing the spread of COVID-19," said Kern County in statement released Friday.

Businesses that fall under these new sectors that have questions about re-opening can call the 661-321-3000 for more information. Kern County Public Health will continue to review the new guidelines throughout the weekend and will release additional details during their rergular Monday press conference at 10 a.m.