California Governor Gavin Newsom announced on July 13 that all counties in California must close bars, indoor dining, gyms, theaters, museums and other indoor spaces as coronavirus cases in the state continue to rise.

Many businesses, except bars, can operate outdoors if possible. Hair salons, barbershops, personal care services and fitness centers in large areas in California will also close.

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Newsom said that California recorded 8,358 new cases on the Sunday before his announcement and that 7.4% of tests returned back positive. Hospitals also recorded an increase in the number of patients, with a 28% increase from the end of June to the announcement.

“The data suggests not everyone is acting with common sense,” Newsom said at a press conference Monday.

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The CDC director Robert Redfield again emphasized the importance of masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, speaking on July 13, ” Because to me, face coverings are the key. If you really look at it, the data is really clear — they work. “We’re not defenseless against this virus. We actually have face coverings and I do think the more confidence that the American public has — that face coverings are not a symbol, but they’re actually a very important preventive intervention that can really block this virus,” he said.

Read more about protecting yourself from coronavirus. Check the CDC website for more information on how to protect yourself and check our latest article to learn how COVID-19 differs from the flu.

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