Reclose the economy: Newsom shuts down malls, restaurant dine-in

Governor walks back reopening amid coronavirus surge

TRD LOS ANGELES /
Jul.July 13, 2020 02:32 PM
Gov. Gavin Newsom
Gov. Gavin Newsom (Credit: Anda Chu/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images)

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is reclosing part of the state’s economy as reported coronavirus cases surge.

The governor announced at a news conference Monday that he was not turning off the economy but putting on a “dimmer switch” including banning dine-in at restaurants and other indoor activities at wineries, movie theaters, zoos, museums, and card rooms.

Also, all California bars that had reopened are, once again, ordered closed.

The governor’s executive action additionally locks down indoor activities of malls, gyms, worship services, barber shops and salons in counties that have demonstrated a higher rate of coronavirus infections.

Newsom acknowledged these “monitoring counties” comprise 80 percent of California’s population and include Los Angeles County.

News outlets including KTLA-5 Los Angeles uploaded Newsom’s press conference onto YouTube.

The announcement Monday comes after the first month of loosening business restrictions dovetailed with coronavirus cases skyrocketing.

Newsom noted that there were 8,358 new cases recorded in California on Sunday — or more than twice as many the number of cases recorded on June 12 in the Golden State (which was 3,660).

Newsom’s announcement — and the sharp rise in coronavirus infections that lead to it — is another major setback to numerous California industries including retail landlords and tenants, who have dealt with missed rent payments, plunges in revenue, and even vandalism.

Retail and restaurant dine-in reopened in L.A. County in early June. The executive order does indicate that take-out and curbside pickup can continue at these businesses.

One real estate sector perhaps unaffected are property sellers and their brokers. The ban on open houses has never been lifted, and Newsom’s order would appear to have no impact on home or building showings done by private appointment.

Newsom first announced a vast shutdown of the state’s economy in the third week of March. The state legislature has empowered Newsom to make these decisions unilaterally by declaring California in a “state of emergency.” [KTLA]Matthew Blake

 

Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Macerich CEO Thomas O'Hern and Santa Monica Place mall

Macerich posts $27M loss; CEO touts physical retail

Macerich posts $27M loss; CEO touts physical retail
Gaw Capital Chairman Goodwin Gaw and DJM founder John Miller with a rendering of the project

An analysis of rent rolls at Hollywood & Highland

An analysis of rent rolls at Hollywood & Highland
Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye (UCDavis, iStock)

Statewide eviction and foreclosure ban could end Aug. 14

Statewide eviction and foreclosure ban could end Aug. 14
A suburb of Los Angeles (Credit: iStock)

TRD analysis: LA County home sales are down, but prices are up

TRD analysis: LA County home sales are down, but prices are up
An illustration of David Lee

A boomtown for a bygone era: Koreatown developers face a reckoning

A boomtown for a bygone era: Koreatown developers face a reckoning
Foot Traffic At Major LA Retail Arteries Down Significantly

TRD Insights: LA retail hasn’t rebounded in these major submarkets

TRD Insights: LA retail hasn’t rebounded in these major submarkets
Igor Olenicoff, President of Olen Properties (Credit: Tim Rue/Corbis via Getty Images)

Hundreds of California landlords down with PPP

Hundreds of California landlords down with PPP
The Hearst mansion's fate is tied into bankruptcy court. (Credit: Istock)

Hearst mansion owner’s bankrupt LLC got a $150K federal bailout

Hearst mansion owner’s bankrupt LLC got a $150K federal bailout
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...