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In what is seen as a major rollback, Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered the closures of numerous businesses across 19 counties in California to counter a surge in coronavirus cases.
The order will be enforced for at least three weeks, and includes restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos and museums, cardrooms, and bars, Fox 26 reported.
While a number of Central Valley counties are included, Napa County, where Gov. Newsom owns a winery and tasting room is not among the counties affected and the business remains open as of the July 1, 2020 order, according to the Fox affiliate.
More from Fox 26:
Gov. Newsom owns stock in PlumpJack Group, which includes a winery in Napa Valley’s Oakville. That winery is still open for tastings. According to Gov. Newsom’s 2018 tax filings, he and his wife own shares in the group that produced a combined salary of nearly $600,000 in 2018. According to PlumpJack Estate Winery’s website, the next available tasting, with certain restrictions, is July 7, 2020.
Several Central Valley counties have seen an uptick in the number of newly-confirmed COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. The numbers are much higher in Fresno Co. than in Napa Co., which is where PlumpJack Estate Winery is.
Restaurants are still allowed to offer food for pick-up or delivery, and outdoor dining.
Newsom will close parking lots at state beaches in Southern California and the Bay Area ahead of the 4th of July weekend, the Sacramento Bee reported. State beaches will close in counties that have closed local beaches.
#COVID19 cases are spreading at alarming rates in some CA counties.
— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) July 1, 2020
Newsom urged people to stay socially distanced and wear masks when interacting with other people outside their household, according to the newspaper.
“Just because someone’s not going to tap you and issue a citation, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do the right thing,” he said. “Wearing a face covering is a sign of toughness. It’s a sign of resolve. It’s a sign of someone who wants to give a damn.”
But whatever you do, don’t sing in church because it’s now forbidden.
While California is graciously allowing worshipers to still go to church, the COVID-19 guidelines issued Wednesday require houses of worship to “discontinue singing and chanting activities,” Sac Bee noted.
The state had previously said that churches should “strongly consider discontinuing singing, group recitation, and other practices and performances.”
Speaking at a press conference, Newsom also discouraged family gatherings over the holiday weekend.
“I cannot say it enough; I said it last week, I said it yesterday and I’ll say it again. We’ve got Fourth of July weekend coming up. One of the areas of biggest concern relates to the spread of COVID-19 in this state remains family gatherings,” he said. “Not just bars. Not just being out in the streets where people are protesting and the like. It’s specifically family gatherings. Where family members or rather households — immediate and extended family members — begin to mix and take down their guard.”
Needless to say, Newsom’s orders — and hypocrisy — didn’t go over too well online.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
Sounds like he’s trying to establish a state religion.
But his winery is open so there.
— Kent Bushart (@KentBushart) July 3, 2020
But you can scream…in the face of police officers and conservatives…no problem there
— gone incognito (@Daddio_7) July 3, 2020
But you CAN chant “no justice, no peace” at any time and place.
— Thucydides🤠👮🏻♂️🕵🏻♂️👨🏻✈️🚁🛩⚔️⚖️🎚🖖🇺🇸 (@Excelsi04144814) July 3, 2020
This is absolute insanity. You had two sets of rules for protesters: One for those who supported reopening and another who rioted. You ignore public health officials who say transmission is occurring in large gatherings in favor or bankrupting businesses and denying freedoms.
— Nay (@nay_sue1) July 1, 2020
Of course Napa is ok. Big donors over there for @GavinNewsom
— NotMaganarchist (@ReviloBuzby) July 1, 2020
While bars, beaches, and vineyards are shut down for the 4th, Our Governor’s vineyard, PlumpJack Estate Winery is open and accepting reservations.
— Big Bertha (@MistralWinds) July 3, 2020
— Paula Cook (@PaulaArton3rd) July 2, 2020
Tell Newsome to close his winery….. pic.twitter.com/QvODVhsotx
— Brian (@Brian65854424) July 2, 2020
Oh wow, I never heard that list before :). Hey Governor Newsome, stop making up rules for us and just go away and open your winery this weekend #plumpjackwinery
— Tim Totter (@TimTotter) July 3, 2020
Mr. Newsome, why are you allowing visitors to drink at your winery this weekend, making money, when struggling Americans are prohibited to do the same? #protestplumpjackwinery
— PinkOrchid (@AMiller59987060) July 3, 2020
But it took off during the Democrat riots and looting that you condoned?
— Rogan O’Handley 🇺🇸 (@DC_Draino) July 2, 2020
— Mr. 702™️🎰 (@3sidedstory) July 2, 2020
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