On Monday, July 13, Governor Newsom issued new statewide orders impacting numerous business sectors in the state.  Per the orders, all counties throughout the state must close all indoor operations in these sectors:

  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Wineries and tasting rooms
  • Movie theaters 
  • Family entertainment centers (for example: bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades)
  • Zoos and museums
  • Cardrooms

Bars throughout the state must close all indoor and outdoor operations unless they are offering sit-down, outdoor dine-in meals.

Moreover, counties that have remained on the County Monitoring List for 3 consecutive days will be required to shut down the following industries unless they can be modified to operate outside or by pickup:

  • Fitness centers
  • Worship services
  • Offices for non-essential sectors
  • Personal care services, like nail salons, body waxing and tattoo parlors
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Malls

Currently on the County Monitoring List are the counties of Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange, Santa Barbara, and Ventura, among more than 20 other counties.  The state’s COVID page that identifies the impacted counties and describes the new shut down order is available here.

With respect to offices for non-essential sectors, the state has identified 13 essential sectors, discussed here.  In addition, the County of LA just updated its Safer at Work Order, which further provides clarity into the designation of “essential businesses” in LA County. That order is available here.  Unfortunately, there is no end date specified with respect to the new closure orders. 


The above summary has been prepared for general informational purposes only and is not intended as legal advice.  

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