By Julie Giyer
Kern Valley Sun
After being allowed to open back up on June 12, 2020, bars owners were ecstatic to get their businesses going again. It seemed Kern County had the green light to be able to return to normal. That was short-lived happiness.
As of June 28, California Governor Gavin Newsom along with the California Department of Public Health ordered the shuts down of any bar, brewery or pub that sells alcoholic drinks without serving food at the same time. Newsom believed it was critical due to the dangerously increased numbers of COVID -19 since bars were allowed to re-open.
“Californians must remain vigilant against this virus,” said Newsom. “COVID-19 is still circulating in California, and in some parts of the state, growing stronger. That’s why it is critical we take this step to limit the spread of the virus in the counties that are seeing the biggest increases. Each of us has the power to limit the spread of this virus. Wear a face covering and keep physically distant outside the home. Don’t gather in groups, and if you are older or have a condition that puts you at higher risk of COVID-19, protect yourself by staying home.”
The Governor expresses how alcohol consumption impairs judgment and reduces inhibition, leading to a reduction in compliance with protective measures such as face masks and social distancing. Bars are a louder environment, therefore requiring louder voices and a greater projection of saliva droplets.
The Governor feels that bars are challenged due to the amount of mixed patronage, not keeping records of those in attendance, making the likelihood of finding those that may have come in contact with or have COVID-19.
California counties that are impacted include:
Recommended Bar Closure:
Mandatory Bar Closure:
Bars in the KRV were happy to be able to pick up business again, as were residents who enjoyed hanging out and socializing. Bar owners were devastated to hear the news and saddened to have to close their doors once again. This has become a devastating blow to these small businesses that rely on their customers to stay in business and pay their bills.