California governor calls for closure of all bars, wineries

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks to reporters about his executive order advising that non-essential gatherings of more than 250 people should be canceled until at least the end of March, during a news conference.

    Los Angeles (AP) - California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday called for all bars, wineries, nightclubs, and brewpubs to close in the nation's most populous state

    Newsom also urged seniors and people with chronic conditions to isolate themselves at home in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

    The state also will reduce current occupancy in restaurants by half to keep people farther away from each other, Newsom said at a news conference. It comes as the Illinois governor shut down all bars and restaurants and officials elsewhere said they were considering similar restrictions.

    Newsom issued guidance last week to cancel or postpone gatherings large and small that have roiled California's economy, which is the fifth-largest in the world.

    Schools have closed, sports games have been called off and theme parks like Disneyland have shut down.

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