The order affects restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos and museums, and cardrooms.
Newsom's order applies to 19 counties that have been on the state's watch list for increasing coronavirus cases for at least three consecutive days: Besides, Los Angeles, they include: Contra Costa, Fresno, Glenn, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Merced, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Joaquin, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Solano, Stanislaus, Tulare and Ventura. And it includes major counties too, like Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, and Sacramento.
"This doesn't mean restaurants shut down but we're trying to take these concentrated activities and move them outdoors, which is a way of mitigating the spread of this virus", Newsom said in a press conference.
Those counties were placed on the state's new County Watchlist for more than three weeks.
The governor did not order beaches to close, but said parking lots at state beaches in some Northern and Southern California counties would close to limit crowds. The governor also asked counties to cancel any planned firework shows on July 4 and Los Angeles County has made this order official.
The new restrictions are part of efforts by Californian officials to reduce chances for people to gather indoors leading up to and over the Fourth of July weekend. Newsom added that accordingly, hospitalizations and ICU cases have increased.
"Eventually, if you're not seeing behavioral change. then we think citations are warranted where there's abuse", Newsom said.
California had been reopening businesses on a county-by-county basis.
Gov. Newsom says California is stepping up the enforcement of the mask mandate and COVID-19 guidelines with a multi-agency strike force: Alcohol Beverage Control, CalOSHA, Dept of Business Oversight, CHP, Consumer Affairs.
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According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) nearly half of bars and 33 percent of the restaurants inspected last weekend were not following social distancing rules and employees were not wearing masks or face shields at 54 percent of the bars and 44 percent of the restaurants.
Counties earn spots on the state's watch list by falling short on select criteria, such as the number of coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents and the overall positivity rate among people tested for the virus.
He said hospitalizations across the state for COVID-19 rose 51 percent in two weeks, and Intensive Care Unit admissions rose nearly as much in the same period. On Monday he hinted a that that measure might be in the future for more counties in the state.
The virus is still spreading at a rate that is "concerning", prompting the new restrictions.
"I'm not coming out with a fist", he said.
"Just because it's summer and they feel like having a barbecue with all their friends, it can't be that way", Rutherford said.
A Wednesday report in the Los Angeles Times noted that officials "fear disaster" ahead of the Independence Day holiday if certain public businesses don't lock down. "I don't know how one legislates that". Of greater concern to officials is the steady growth in the state's COVID_19 hospitalizations - a 43% increase over the past two weeks. "We're quite anxious that we don't have room to expand".
The restrictions will be enforced for the next three weeks.