Newsom orders bars and restaurants closed, beauty shops are next

July 13, 2020


California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered bars and dine-in restaurants to close statewide earlier today in response to a surge in coronavirus cases. In addition, counties on the monitoring list for three days are required to shut down worship services, beauty and barber shops, and protests.

San Luis Obispo County was added to the monitoring list on Monday because it has had more than 100 new cases per 100,000 residents over a 14 day span. SLO County is at 114 new cases in two weeks and expected to require further closures on Thursday. Counties on the state watch list include Monterey Ventura and Santa Barbara.

After three days on the watch list, Gov. Newsom has ordered the following businesses closed:

  • Fitness centers
  • Worship services
  • Protests
  • Offices for non-essential sectors
  • Personal care services, like nail salons, body waxing and tattoo parlors
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Malls

All counties are required to close:

  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Wineries and tasting rooms
  • Movie theaters
  • Family entertainment centers (for example: bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades)
  • Zoos and museums
  • Cardrooms

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After Newsom’s second closings, COVID is probably going to be the biggest wealth transfer mechanism in our lifetime. Small service businesses wither and die and those services replaced by deep pocket corporations. Then Newsom can complain on how the wealth gap has increased and why more social programs are needed to maintain power. You do realize that mass transit like BART, UBER, airlines and buses aren’t on that list. Maybe airlines are doing a cursory temperature check, but if someone is not showing symptoms the whole A/C system on those mass transit systems has got to be just as bad of a virus carrier than being on a cruise ship. China got serious about mass transit and at one point they stopped selling gasoline in addition to blocking the roads out of Wuhan to maintain the quarantine.

Bummer wearing masks primarily protects other people since being personally responsible re COVID-19 is not necessarily self-rewarding – like it is with wearing seat belts or not smoking. CDC guidelines won’t work voluntarily, as we’ve seen, and maybe it’s time to enact some enforcement and penalties for non-compliance. For example, hefty Euro fines are levied in both France and Germany ($150+) for failing to wear face coverings in public, no doubt contributing to the significant decline in COVID infections there. Face masks are not about personal freedom; it’s simply about protecting others from this highly contagious disease until an effective vaccine is developed and administered. Time for everyone to get on board and do the right things. If not, stiff fines might do the trick.

It’s a much more complicated issue than just masks vs no masks. True, if everyone wore masks as mandated/encouraged, it would slow the spread – but not stop it completely. (The CDC says that it’s a combination of masks and social distancing, not just masks). Either way, how do you propose enforcing masks? Even with steep fines, who’s going to be giving these citations out, and where? Are the police going to start patrolling grocery stores and retailers? For people with medical situations (legitimate or fake) who claim to not be able to wear masks, do the police demand those people divulge their medical conditions? On the streets in the neighborhoods where masks aren’t “required”, do they pull over joggers and bikers? What if they don’t have their ID on them and give a false name? Also, hasn’t the public outcry lately been largely to defund/downsize the police? How does that fit in with face mask enforcement?

I’m all for whatever measures we can do to slow the spread – masks, outdoor dining, etc. But unfortunately each issue has a lot of confounding variables that makes no single proposed solution cut and dry.

If your lungs are not healthy enough to wear a face covering then you definitely don’t need to be in a store completely exposed.

Yep and fine/pull license of businesses that aren’t enforcing as well

derasmus requested solutions. Middle Path Medicine in Arroyo has an on line virus protocol. Hit the relevant ideas with a highlighter and make your plan. Search under Covid.

For those with extreme public exposures, there is medical staff that is knee deep in Covid patients every workday, yet they continue to be safe and continue to work. Here’s a crazy daily regime from one, with some practical ideas.

Both of those sources have an anti-viral supplement program. My entire family has an anti-viral supplement program.

Cook at home and bring your lunch to work. Leave it in a cooler in the car. Wear a mask at work unless you do hard labor outside. Try to distance six feet. Avoid people talking loudly. Try not to touch your face. In washing hands, you can try to think like a field mechanic. Everything touched is greasy. Wash hands like they have old grease on them. It is a lifestyle change, but once you get the patterns down, it is not to bad. Or try to think like your in martial art training or that there is dust everywhere. Do I want to drink that open cup of coffee? Naw, it’s got dust on it. Avoid people that are unaware. Simply leave. Keep your lungs healthy. Can this be done perfectly? Of course not. If you mess up just start again. The Texas Medical Association COVID-19 Task Force has created a chart of risks. Avoid the risky stuff. It is simple.

Does this mean Gov. Newsom’s winery in Napa will have to close now?

Nope because they can let people drink outside. Wineries can still make a lot of sales by shipping and should be closed. A lot of people from out of the area come here and drink. Wineries are just another bar that only sells wine.