The State Has Ordered Restaurants Here to Close All Indoor Operations

California governor Gavin Newsom has ordered 19 counties—including Santa Barbara—to halt indoor operations immediately at restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, museums, zoos, and more. And bars must close entirely (which presumably doesn’t include bars that serve food). The county has yet to issue its own order reaffirming Newsom’s. It’s not clear how long the order will last.

UPDATE 7/2: From the county: “The health officer order will be finalized and issued [today], July 2, with further details. Closures will take full effect as early as July 2, 2020 at 5 p.m. Emergency permits for food service will no longer be allowed in any of the listed sectors. This guidance is to stay in place for a minimum of three weeks and is subject to extension based on epidemiologic indicators.” UPDATE 7/2: The order says it stands through July 26 unless canceled. And it includes private social clubs.

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