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Surge In Coronavirus Cases Prompts New Business Restrictions In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties


The continuing surge in new coronavirus cases in California prompted the governor to order new restrictions for restaurants, and other sectors of the economy in 19 of the state’s counties, including Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.

Governor Gavin Newsom says the growing number of new coronavirus cases in the state, and a 51% hike in coronavirus hospitalizations, is prompting new steps to try to control the crisis. 

Indoor service must be halted in restaurants.  In Ventura County, all bars, winderies, and brewpubs must close.  In Santa Barbara County, outdoor winery operations can continue.  And zoos, museums, cardrooms, and movie theaters have to suspend indoor activities.

The new order impacts 19 counties which were on the state’s watch list for not meeting all of guidance statistics for the safe reopening of the economy.  The state list includes Ventura, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles Counties.  The new order will be in effect for at least three weeks.

Ventura County had already announced its beaches, beach parking areas and beach restrooms would be closed for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.  Santa Barbara County is keeping its beaches opening but is requiring social distancing. 

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.