California Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Monday the closing of all indoor operations across all counties in multiple sectors as COVID-19 cases in the state surge.
Under the new order, restaurants, wineries, tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums, cardrooms, gyms, hair salons, barbershops, indoor malls, personal care services, places of worship and offices in non-critical sectors will all be shut down. Bars across the state must cease all operations.
On Monday, the Los Angeles and San Diego unified school districts announced that schools will only offer online teaching in August, Reuters reported.
California is one of many US states, including Texas, Florida, South Carolina, that have experienced surging cases in recent weeks.
The seven-day average number of new daily COVID-19 cases as of July 12 is 8,664, which represents a substantial increase from the seven-day average a week prior of 6,987 cases per day. The counties with the highest number of cases include Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange and San Diego, in that order.
On Sunday, 19 US states saw case numbers reach new daily records, with Texas, Georgia and Florida each reporting more than 15,000 new cases on Sunday.
Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that the COVID-19 global death toll could grow more quickly in the future.