California to Form Multi-Agency Strike Team to Enforce Business Public Health Orders

Courtesy of Governor Gavin Newsom
Gov. Gavin Newsom

"We'll get past this, but we're going to have to be tougher," said Gov. Newsom on Wednesday as he announced renewed measures to slow the spread of coronavirus.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Wednesday that the state would form a multi-agency strike team to target businesses not complying with public health orders amid the alarming coronavirus spike.

Newsom made the announcement during a press conference in which he detailed how California would begin to once again clamp down on business operations in 19 counties — including Los Angeles — halting all indoor operations at establishments such as restaurants, theaters, wineries, zoos, museums and card rooms. Bars were also ordered to close. The new restrictions will remain in place for at least three weeks, Newsom said. 

The strike team, which will be made up of Alcoholic Beverage Control, CalOSHA, the Department of Business Oversight, the Department of Consumer Affairs and CHP, will enforce compliance. It is unclear what penalties a business might incur for noncompliance. 

"We bent the curve in the state of California once. We will bend the curve again," Newsom said. "We will crush this pandemic. We will annihilate it. We'll get past this, but we're going to have to be tougher."

A number of counties will close beaches and have eliminated firework shows ahead of the July Fourth holiday weekend in an effort to keep people from gathering in large groups. 

Last month, Disney said it would delay plans to reopen its Anaheim theme park as the state would not be able to offer and approve guidelines fast enough for the company's timetable. Disney is still planning on reopening its Downtown Disney shopping and dining district July 9.