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San Joaquin County Announces New Closures

The number of coronavirus cases in San Joaquin County was reported at 3,856 as of Thursday, July 2 and officials said that included nearly 2000 new cases since June 18.

In accordance with the escalation and the Governor’s and State Public Health Officer’s directive issued earlier this week, several new closures have been announced.

San Joaquin County was one of the counties on the State’s monitoring list that now must closer indoor operations for certain sectors “which promote the mixing of populations beyond households and make adherence to physical distancing with face coverings difficult.”

Outdoor operations, with modifications, including physical distancing and face coverings, can continue at dine-in restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms and cardrooms. Indoor closures of these sectors are in effect but those that can meet the modifications can continue outdoor operations.

All brewpubs, breweries, bars and pubs in the county must close both indoor and outdoor operations.

In the affected sectors, those that cannot continue their business through outdoor operations must close for at least three weeks.

“Notwithstanding the State’s success in slowing the spread of COVID-19, the number of hospitalizations in San Joaquin County is escalating rapidly,” said county Public Health Officer Maggie Park, M.D., in releasing the new directive on Thursday, July 2.