California Gov Closes Bars, Nightclubs, Not Restaurants

The San Francisco Chronicle reports:

California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced all “bars, nightclubs, wineries, brewpubs and the like” must close temporarily due to the threat of coronavirus. “We are directing that all bars, nightclubs, wineries, brewpubs and the like be closed in the state of California,” Newsom announced Sunday afternoon, calling them “nonessential” businesses during the COVID-19 crisis.

“We have absolute expectation this will be socialized in real-time today,” he said. The directive does not apply to restaurants, which are still considered essential, as Newsom said some individuals cannot safely prepare food in their homes. “We don’t believe this is necessary at this moment,” he said. However, all restaurants will be required to halve their occupancy in order to achieve appropriate social distancing.