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Posted on: July 13, 2020

Governor announces new round of statewide closures amid COVID-19 surge

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South Lake Tahoe, CA- Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a new round of closures today as COVID-19 cases rise rapidly across the state.

Effective July 13, 2020, ALL counties must close indoor operations in these sectors:

  • 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

“We have asked during this entire pandemic that people comply with state, county, and local regulations in an effort to keep people safe,” said City Manager Joe Irvin, “None of us wanted to see this happen, but none of us want to see more people get sick as a result of not following the rules.”

This regulation goes into effect immediately. Additionally, bars, brewpubs, breweries, and pubs must close all operations both indoor and outdoor statewide, unless that establishment has a vendor on-site serving food.

The State of California said they have been teaming up with counties, including El Dorado County, to fight the COVID-19 pandemic with every tool they have. El Dorado County is not on the watch list yet. Counties on the watch list have to also close gyms, places of worship, personal care services etc. The State said their Public Health Officer could add additional counties, or take additional action as needed.

“We will be educating local businesses and taking action when needed to make sure the Governor’s order is being enforced,” said Lt. Dave Stevenson, “The health and safety of our residents and visitors is our top priority and though we are a smaller police department, we are taking this seriously.”

The Governor’s Office didn’t give a timeline on reopening.

For more information on COVID-19 and California’s response visit the California Department of Public Health’s website.

A 24/7 Barton COVID-19 Health Line, 530.600.1999, has been established for the general public to call if experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness such as fever, coughing, sneezing, or shortness of breath. Health Line callers can ask questions and be scheduled for screening, testing and medical care at Barton’s referral-only respiratory screening center. This standalone facility was recently opened to provide a safe screening location, increasing access to services for those in need while minimizing exposure to others, if referred by a medical provider.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

BARTON HOSPITAL: https://www.bartonhealth.org/tahoe/coronavirus-update.aspx

EL DORADO COUNTY: https://www.edcgov.us/Government/hhsa/Pages/EDCCOVID-19.aspx

CDPH: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx

CDC:   https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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