California Gov Forces Closure of Movie Theaters & Restaurants, But His Winery Remains Open

As coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continue to rise, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced a statewide order Monday requiring indoor operations to close effective immediately. Indoor operations required to close statewide in all counties include: Restaurants, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, wineries and tasting rooms, zoos and museums, cardrooms and bars, via THR.


Newsom announced that indoor operations in additional sectors be closed in “all the counties on our county monitoring list.” Indoor operations include: Fitness centers, places of worship, offices for non-critical sectors, personal care services, hair salons and barbershops and malls.

Counties impacted on that list include: Colusa, Contra, Costa, Fresno, Glenn, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, Madera, Marin, Merced, Monterey, Napa, Orange, Placer, Riverside, Sacramento, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Joaquin, Santa Barbara, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tulare, Yolo, Yuba and Ventura.


However, Gov. Newsom’s own winery and tasting room in Napa Valley still remained open as of the order. Madera Co. wineries were exempt from the July 1, 2020 order from the Governor, because Madera County is not one of the counties included on the list of 19. Gov. Newsom owns stock in PlumpJack Group, which includes a winery in Napa Valley’s Oakville. That winery is still open for tastings. According to Gov. Newsom’s 2018 tax filings, he and his wife own shares in the group that produced a combined salary of nearly $600,000 in 2018. 





“We’ve made this point on multiple occasions, and that is, we’re moving back into a modification mode of our original stay-at-home order, but doing so utilizing what we commonly refer to as a dimmer switch, not an on/off switch,” Newsom said during Monday’s presser.

As of July 12, 8,358 cases have been reported in the state with an 8,211 seven-day average.


Jamison Ashley

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