Covid-19 Surge Closes Businesses Again in Kern County

FRAZIER PARK, CA (Friday, July 24, 2020 at 2 p.m)—A startling surge in new covid-19 cases has triggered the shutdown of businesses that were starting to open up again just a few weeks ago. Kern County has sent out a directive today to confirm that the state rollback of business openings in this county is now in effect. The statement below confirms the details of this change.

Kern County Receives Confirmation that Additional Business Sector Operations Must Modify to Outdoors Only

Today, Kern County officials received confirmation from the Governor’s office that we’ve remained on the County Data Monitoring list for 3 consecutive days and are required to shut down the following industries or activities unless they can be modified to operate outside or by pick-up:

· Gyms and fitness centers
· Places of worship and cultural ceremonies
· Offices for non-critical infrastructure sectors
· Personal care services, like nail salons and body waxing
· Hair salons and barber shops with updated guidance
· Shopping Malls

Shops that offer tattoos, piercings and electrolysis may not be operated outdoors and must close.

On July 2, 2020, the Governor required the closure of indoor operations in Kern County 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, brewpubs, breweries, and pubs were required close all operations, both indoor and outdoor. 

On July 13, 2020, the Governor implemented these July 2, 2020 changes statewide. Currently, the Governor is not providing an end date for these modifications.
TThis statement was sent by Megan Person, chief communications officer for Kern County.

This is part of the July 24, 2020 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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