Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser has ordered all bars in Riverside County to close by Tuesday, June 30, in the hopes of slowing COVID-19 spread in the County.
"People don't social distance well after a couple drinks, and it's one of the hardest environments to trace contacts in," Dr. Kaiser said in a news release regarding the order. "My hope is that this will be only temporary and further closures won't be needed, but it all depends on what every one of us as a county do to slow more spread."
Bars originally reopened in Riverside County on June 12, but Governor Gavin Newsom recommended the re-closures on Sunday, June 28, in response to rising coronavirus infection numbers in Riverside County and other counties throughout California.
Restaurants pubs, and breweries that offer dine-in services may still serve alcoholic drinks under the new order, but only if the beverages are served as part of a meal. In that case, industry guidelines regarding restaurants apply.
Riverside County Board Chair and Fourth District Supervisor V. Manuel Perez said, "A local Riverside County order on bar closures has unfortunately become necessary to slow the spread of this virus. I want to remind everyone that facial coverings are a requirement, and encourage continuously keeping physical distance and washing our hands."
The order will be enforced by the Department of Environmental Health in Riverside County.
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