The State Governor ordered the closure of most businesses, and two of the largest school districts abandoned plans to return to full-time education.
The Governor of California on Monday set new restrictions for businesses, and two of the state’s largest school districts said that children would not return to school due to an increase in the number of cases of coronavirus infection.
Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom ordered the closure of bars and restaurants, movie theaters, zoos, and museums throughout the state. Churches, gyms and hairdressers will close in the 30 districts most affected by the pandemic.
“We all should soberly recognize that COVID-19 will not disappear anytime soon until a vaccine and / or effective therapy is available,” Newsom said during a daily briefing.
The Governor called the move critical to ending a new spike in COVID-19 cases, which have led to an increase in hospital admissions in several California counties.
The state’s largest school districts in Los Angeles and San Diego, which have 706,000 students and 80,000 employees, said they would only conduct classes online.
In a statement, school districts said that countries that successfully opened their schools did so only after reducing infection rates and achieving the required number of coronavirus tests.
“In California, there is neither one nor the other, – said in a statement. – Over the past few weeks, rapidly increasing infection rates have made it clear that the pandemic is out of control.”
The Union representing Los Angeles teachers welcomed the strategy, saying it was supported by 83% of the 18,000 rank-and-file members who took part in an informal online survey conducted last week.
California, as well as Florida, Arizona, and Texas have become the new epicenters of the pandemic in the US. According to Reuters, the number of infections has increased rapidly in about 40 out of 50 States over the past two weeks.