California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said Sunday he was directing all bars, pubs and wineries in the state to close, while also calling for new restrictions on restaurants, as the country grapples with the growing COVID-19 pandemic.
Newsom made the announcement during a press conference shortly after Illinois and Ohio ordered all bars and restaurants in their states to close. The California governor said that restaurants would be allowed to remain open, but would be required to reduce their capacity and maintain measures to ensure social distancing among customers.
He also said the number of positive coronavirus test cases in the state had risen to 335. The total death toll from the disease in the state now stands at six, he said.
The governor also requested all people over 65 to participate in home isolation. Health officials have warned that those who are older or have underlying health conditions are more susceptible to the virus.