High COVID-19 rate means more businesses have to close or move outside

COVID-19 is closing more businesses and recreation opportunities in Kern County.

County spokeswoman Megan Person said Friday the county got confirmation from the Governor’s Gavin Newsom's office that it has remained on the County Data Monitoring list for 3 consecutive days and is now required to shut down the following industries or activities unless they can be modified to operate outside or by pick-up:

Gyms and fitness centers, places of worship and cultural ceremonies, offices for non-critical infrastructure sectors, personal care services, like nail salon and body waxing; hair salons and barber shops with updated guidance; and shopping mall.

Shops that offer tattoos, piercings and electrolysis may not be operated outdoors and must close.

On July 2, 2020, the Governor required the closure of indoor operations in Kern County in these

sectors: dine-in restaurants wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers (including bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades); zoos and museums  and cardrooms.  

This is in addition to a July 2 order required that bars, brewpubs, breweries, and pubs  were required  close all operations, both indoor and outdoor.