Gov. Gavin Newsom

Gov. Gavin Newsom

Gov. Gavin Newsom is asking counties observing a surge in Covid-19 cases, including Monterey County, to roll back their reopening plans. 

In a tweet posted Monday, July 6, Newsom said that restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, museums and cardrooms should cease all indoor operations and that bars should shut back down entirely. 

Monterey County made the governor’s watch list on Thursday before the July 4th weekend because of a growing rate of infection. The next four days brought some of the highest numbers of confirmed infections for a total of 403 new cases, an 23 percent increase. 

At the time of Newsom’s announcement, Monterey County had not yet received an official request from state officials. Monterey County Health Officer Edward Moreno, who was on a conference call with the press when the announcement came, has not yet issued an order requiring closures. 

He said he would wait for written communication from the state to respond to Newsom’s request.

A new public health measure targeting museums would spoil the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s plan to reopen to members on July 9 and to the general public on July 13.

Asaf Shalev is a staff writer at the Monterey County Weekly. He covers the environment, agriculture and K-12 education, as well as Seaside, Marina, Sand City, Big Sur and Carmel Valley.

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candice keim

The public deserves (and has the right) to know the TRUE #s and percentages of cases in the state!! Of course right now there are going to be a lot more new cases , this is because there is significantly more people being tested now. When there was under 1% of the state's 40 million + population being tested in the beginning, of course #s were low. Now that they are testing several % more people (again, in a state with a population of 40 million +), of course the #s are going to be higher!! That's just common sense!!! Ironically though, the #of deaths in the state has significantly dropped!! With that being said, how many of the new cases are A- symptomatic? How many are in the hospital? And what is the death rate? We all have the right to know this information!!! It's absolutely ridiculous that more people aren't asking these questions!! Unfortunately, it turns out that a lot of the population is very willing to just hand over their constitutional rights!! How can people not see that the Governor is just a political puppet for his Auntie!!! Come on people, don't be so willing to become sheep!!! I honestly can't wait to see what happens with Covid once the election is over in November!!! Think about it people!!!

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