Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday ordered a wave of new closures in several sectors, including dine-in restaurants and indoor tasting rooms at wineries, to stem the coronavirus spread.
Breweries and bars must shutter both indoor and outdoor operations. Dozens of counties are also required to immediately close shopping malls, gyms and other services and activities.
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Several counties had already ordered wineries to close indoor tasting rooms. Wineries have been adapting to the new reality through socially distanced outdoor seating and requiring appointments for tastings. They have also expanded direct-to-consumer offerings and maintained customer relationships through virtual tastings.
The decision drew backlash from California Republicans discouraged that small businesses not contributing to the rise in positive cases were shut down and that Newsom worked with the Legislature on these decisions.