Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday new guidelines for 19 counties, including Kern. Those guidelines include closing indoor operations for restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums and cardrooms.
Newsom stated Wednesday these guidelines, coming from the California Department of Health, impact counties that have been on the County Monitoring List for at least 3 days.
Those counties include: Contra Costa, Fresno, Glenn, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, Merced, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Joaquin, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Solano, Stanislaus and Tulare.
Kern County Public Health responded to the new guidelines, stating:
We have received and are currently reviewing the new guidelines issued by the Governor.
While we understand these are challenging and confusing times for our local businesses, we encourage our residents and local businesses to adhere to the state guidelines.
Kern County Public Health will continue to be a resource to our local businesses as we work to provide education on COVID-19 resources and guidance from the state
"The spread of this virus continues at a rate we find particularly concerning," Newsom said.
The new guidance will remain in place for at least three weeks.
Parking facilities at all state beaches will close for the weekend as well. In counties that choose to close their local beaches, the state will also close state beaches in those counties.