San Diego County added to California's 'monitoring list,' certain businesses told to shut down

Posted at 12:33 PM, Jul 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-06 16:22:24-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- San Diego County was officially added to California's "monitoring list" as the number of coronavirus cases across the state increases, and Gov. Gavin Newsom said he expected local health officials to comply with specific orders that include the closure of indoor dining spaces.

As of Monday afternoon, San Diego County joined five other counties on the monitoring list. The other counties added to the list: Colusa, Madera, Marin, Merced, and Monterey.

Of the state’s 58 counties, 23 of them are on the state’s list.

Ahead of the Fourth of July weekend, Newsom ordered counties that have been on the list for at least three days to shutter indoor operations at businesses such as restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, zoos, museums and cardrooms.

In a tweet on his Twitter account, Newsom said:

"CA is now asking Colusa, Madera, Marin, Merced, Monterey & San Diego to close indoor operations for:

-Movie theaters
-Zoos, museums

Bars must close ALL operations."

During his Monday news conference, Newsom said he was awaiting an order from local health officials in each of the newly-added counties to issue an order enacting the measures, which are expected to remain in effect for at least three weeks.

Counties on the list were also ordered to close all of its bars, a move San Diego County had already taken ahead of the holiday weekend. The county issued a 10 p.m. curfew for restaurants.

San Diego County health officials reported 1,030 positive COVID-19 cases over the weekend, bringing the region's total to 16,726.

City News Service contributed to this report.