SAN DIEGO (ChurchMilitant.com) - California's Democratic governor Gavin Newsom is shutting down churches — again.
Newsom announced the closing Monday of dine-in restaurants, wineries, movie theaters and bars statewide, along with churches in 30 out of 58 California counties.
The order went into effect "immediately," according to a tweet from the Office of the Governor. The tweet explained the state "is closing some indoor business operations statewide and additional indoor business operations in counties on @CAPublicHealth Monitoring List for 3 consecutive days."
Los Angeles, San Diego and Santa Barbara counties are among the 30 jurisdictions under new restrictions.
Newsom said the lockdowns are in response to rising COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state.
"We're seeing an increase in the spread of the virus, so that's why it's incumbent upon all of us to recognize soberly that COVID-19 is not going away any time soon until there is a vaccine or an effective therapy," the governor said Monday.
Newsom said, "We're moving back into a modification mode of our original stay-at-home order."
Another tweet from the governor's office stated the virus "is not going away anytime soon and Californians must adapt to new behaviors to slow the spread."
"Don't mix with people you don't live with, wear a mask, physically distance, wash your hands and, if you must mix with others, take it outside," concluded instructions from the tweet.
According to a California government website, in the last 14 days as of Monday, nearly 1.5 million tests have been administered, with about 7.5% testing positive. With a state population of around 40 million, nearly 110 thousand new cases of the virus have been reported, along with a little over 1,000 virus-related deaths in the last 14 days.
Counties can end up on the state's monitoring list in multiple ways, including more than 100 confirmed cases of the virus per 100 thousand people for three consecutive days. San Diego County was placed on the list for this reason.