Staff at The Vineyard Restaurant prepare food and drinks for patrons under social distancing guidelines in June. Photo contributed.

published on June 29, 2020 - 8:58 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

Bars and brewpubs in Fresno, Kings and Tulare counties have been ordered to close following spikes in positive coronavirus cases.

Those Central Valley counties joined Los Angeles and Kern counties after having been on the California Department of Public Health’s County Monitoring List for more than 14 days. San Joaquin and Imperial counties have not had bars or brewpubs open since the crisis.

The order from CDPH directs brewpubs, breweries, bar and pubs that don’t serve food to close. Alcohol can only be sold in the same transaction as a meal, the order from CDPH states. Businesses that partnered with a food vendor such as a food truck are exempted from the order, but alcohol still has to be ordered in the same transaction.

For venues that sell alcohol off-site, they may offer curbside pickup or delivery.

Officials at the CDPH monitor counties for rising coronavirus cases. Those counties that have been monitored for more than three days are recommended to close bars. This includes Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernadino, Santa Barbara, Stanislaus and Ventura counties to close bars.

After being on the list for more than 14 days, bars will be ordered to close.

As of Sunday, California had 211,243 confirmed cases. Nearly 4 million tests have been administered. A separate press release from CDPH said the positivity rate “is trending modestly upward in the 14-day average.”

Hospitalizations also show a slight uptick. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 5,905 deaths according to Sunday’s press release.

As of Saturday, there have been 4,474 positive cases in Fresno County with 72 deaths.

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