San Diego County Orders Restaurants to Close at 10 p.m.

A new public health order was issued Tuesday by San Diego County health officials.

(SD County Newscenter) San Diego restaurants must close nightly at 10 p.m. starting Wednesday, July 1 until further notice. Bars, wineries, distilleries and breweries that are allowed to serve food must also close nightly at 10 p.m. until 5 a.m.

The County is taking the action to prevent additional community outbreaks and the spread of COVID-19.

“In light of the high numbers of positive cases in recent days and reports today of 10 current community outbreaks throughout the County, a decision was made to close these establishments at 10 p.m.,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “As the night wears on, restaurants have a tendency to become bars and people are more likely to let their guard down when it comes to social distancing.”

Dr. Wooten emphasized the need to protect the public’s health as San Diego, the state and nation continue to see a jump in COVID-19 cases.

Locally, the number of positive cases climbed by 317 for a total of 14,149. The increase was not as steep as the previous day’s record high of 498. Current COVID-19-related cases in ICUs was at a record high of 182. Four new deaths were reported for a total of 365.

The largest contributors to the number of community outbreaks are bars and restaurants, and private residences. The following 10 outbreaks in community settings were confirmed during the last seven days.

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