The order from Newsom, a Democrat, affected the counties of Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, San Joaquin, Tulare, and Los Angeles — the most populous in the United States. State officials have asked at least eight other counties to issue local health orders closing bars.
Officials in Texas and Florida have made similar moves, essentially pausing parts of their states’ economic comebacks as cases spike.
Gov. Gavin Newsom giving an update on the state’s response to the coronavirus.
“COVID-19 is still circulating in California, and in some parts of the state, growing stronger,” Newsom said in a written statement. “That’s why it is critical we take this step to limit the spread of the virus in the counties that are seeing the biggest increases.”
The governor’s decision Sunday represented a marked turn from recent decisions to let local officials decide how and when to let businesses re-open.
Earlier this month, Newsom ordered all Californians to wear masks while out in public amid concerns that residents have failed to voluntarily take precautions.
California, like other states, has recorded a startling increase in cases, casting doubt on whether to continue the course on re-opening the economy.
As of Sunday, there have been some 206,000 cases of the novel coronavirus and nearly 5,900 deaths.
This is a developing story; check back for updates. Fox News’ Mike Lundin contributed to this report.