Taft, Kern escape closures...for a few days

Staff Writer
Taft Midway Driller
Taft Midway Driller

Its been a confusing week for many businesses in Taft and Kern County.

On Monday, a state watchlist was issued that included Kern County among those that would have to close many businesses that had been allowed to reopen.

Gov. Gavin Newsom referred to it during a press conference.

But at short time later, Newsom said in a Twitter post that Kern County was not on the list.

Shortly after that, Kern County spokeswoman Megan Person confirmed that Kern was not on the list - but it soon would be.

"The Governor indicated that these modifications immediately applied to Kern County; however, as the Governor corrected on Twitter, they do not," Person wrote in an email. "However, beginning Sunday, July 12, 2020, Kern County exceeded the State’s monitoring metrics. Under the State’s requirements, failure to meet the State’s metrics for three consecutive days places that County on the monitoring list. Three subsequent consecutive days on the monitoring list results in the Governor’s newly announced restrictions applying in Kern. At this time, it is anticipated that the Governor’s restrictions will apply to Kern County, effective 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, July 18, 2020. 

So, starting Saturday, Kern will be required to shut down the following industries or activities, unless they can be modified to operate outside or by pick-up: 

Fitness centers,  worship services, protests, offices for non-essential sectors, personal care services, like nail salons, body waxing and tattoo parlors, hair salons and barbershops and malls

But many other businesses in the county will be affected by a mandate that covers the entire state. Those include: indoor operations of restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums, and cardrooms.