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California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday said that bars, nightclubs, wineries and breweries should close in an effort to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
He also said restaurants should offer only takeout service, and not dine-in, in order to “maximize social distancing.”
Newsom tweeted the guidelines, adding. “We’re working in real time to secure hotels, motels, and trailers to house our homeless safely and protect our communities and the spread of #COVID?19.”
He also added that “we must … ensure essential parts of our society can keep functioning,” including the healthcare system, grocery stories, pharmacies and social service providers.
NEW: Those that are 65 and older or vulnerable to #COVID?19 must practice home isolation.
Bars, night clubs, wineries, and breweries should close in CA.
Restaurants — focus on takeout for those isolating. Maximize social distancing.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) March 15, 2020
Meanwhile, according to the Los Angeles Times, Newsom told reporters at a Sunday briefing that there are 335 confirmed cases in California, with six deaths.
He also is urging people over age 65 to self-quarantine, given that health officials say older people are at a higher risk of contracting the virus.
Newsom’s comments come two days after the Los Angeles Unified School District closed all schools for at least two weeks.
Also on Sunday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York City will close schools as early as Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday recommended that gatherings of 50 people or more in the U.S. be canceled or postponed in the next eight weeks because of the coronavirus.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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