As the coronavirus rages on, the city of Palm Springs on Monday issued a new supplementary order that requires restaurants, bars, wineries, distilleries and breweries to close from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m.

The order is designed to minimize large gatherings and ultimately halt the spread of COVID-19.

The temporary order goes into effect at noon on Friday, July 31, and will remain until the COVID-19
emergency is abated.

Guests already in the bars facilities at 10 p.m. may be allowed by the operator to remain until 11 p.m. Only staff needed to close, open or clean can be in such facilities between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.

To view the full order, click here.

The order calling for bars and other facilities to close earlier comes against the backdrop of new information and statistics from the California Department of Public Health.

  • California’s positivity rate – a key indicator of community spread – is trending upward in the 14-day average.
  • Hospitalization rates are also trending upward in the 14-day average.
  • Numbers may not represent true day-over-day change as reporting of test results can be delayed, and the 7-day average more accurately describes trends in number of cases. The 7-day average number of new cases is 9,859 per day. The 7-day average from the week prior was 8,911. California has 460,550 confirmed cases to date.
  • There have been 7,296,578 tests conducted in California. This represents an increase of 128,439 over the prior 24-hour reporting period. As testing capacity continues to increase across the state, an increase in the number of positive cases has been expected – increasing the importance of positivity rates to find signs of community spread.
  • There have been 8,445 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
  • A total of 36 counties are required to close indoor operations for certain sectors based on the July 13 order to slow community transmission.

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  • Bartender during COVID-19: Shutterstock