California Closes Down More Businesses Amid Outbreak

California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered Monday all counties in the state to close indoor operations for a handful of businesses, as COVID-19 cases continue to climb.

The order comes after Newsom previously ordered these businesses to close in counties on the state’s "watch list." The new order, which will now apply across the state, will be issued effective immediately, Newsom said. The businesses will be allowed to operate outdoors, if possible, he said.

In addition, all counties in the state of California are now required to close restaurants for indoor dining, wineries, theaters, zoos, museums, card rooms, bars and family entertainment centers.

The announcement comes as COVID-19 cases continue to spike in California. There have been nearly 321,000 infections, as of Sunday, with more than 7,000 dead.

The positivity rate, the number of positive COVID-19 tests compared to the total number of tests, has risen to about 7.7% over the last seven days. The rate is 7.4% over the last 14 days.