Earlier today California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered bars, dine-in restaurants and certain other businesses throughout the state to close again in response to the spread of COVID-19.
“We’re continuing to see hospitalizations rise and we continue to see an increase in the rate of positivity in the state,” the governor said.
As a result, he said “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.”
California has been monitoring data for each county and established what the state calls a "County Monitoring List" for those counties where the incidence of the virus meets certain criteria. Those counties face even more restrictions. Del Norte County and surrounding Northern California counties are not on the County Monitoring List at this time.
Still, a number of Del Norte businesses are covered by the new shut-down order. At the top of the list was dine-in restaurants.
One of the few restaurants in Crescent City open on Mondays is Enoteca. Owner Darryl Winkelmann said the Del Norte County Public Health office initially told him to shut down immediately. He was able to talk them into letting him finish out the day.
“I’ve got mixed feelings about it,” he said. “Yeah, there’s something out there, but I think they’re taking it a little farther than they have to. As far as small businesses how it effects us, it sucks really bad.”
Bars, brewpubs, breweries and pubs must close all operations both indoor and outdoor statewide. The list of closures extends to wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers such as bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades, zoos and museums and cardrooms.
The Lucky 7 Casino management is meeting with Tolowa Dee-ni’ council leaders tomorrow before announcing any closures to its House of Howonquet Restaurant or Club 7 Sports Bar, according to casino Marketing Director Devin Jacot.
In the 25 California counties that have been on the County Monitoring List for three or more days as of today, additional restrictions have been imposed. The northernmost county affected is Glenn County. In the counties where more restrictions are required, unless operations can be modified to operate outside or by pick-up, closure has been ordered for protests, fitness centers, worship services, offices for non-essential sectors, personal care services such as nail salons and tattoo parlors, hair salons and barbershops and malls.
California County monitoring information is available HERE.
TRIPLICATE editor Claudia Elliott contributed to this story.