Gov. Gavin Newsom confirmed Friday that Kern has been placed on a list of 34 counties where additional restrictions are in place to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Newsom's announcement of the listing at a noon teleconference came after Kern's coronavirus metrics topped the state's prescribed limits for six consecutive days starting Saturday.

A spokeswoman for the Kern County Public Health Services Department, Michelle Corson, said by email Friday the governor hasn't given Kern an "end date" for the new restrictions. The county has not been told what, specifically, it must do to be freed from the restrictions, she added.

The California Department of Public Health later said by email counties with the tighter restrictions, such as Kern, may be allowed to revert to looser measures if they can stay within the state's targets for three days. But it noted such counties may be put on restrictions again if they fall back out of compliance.

The new restrictions call for shutting down certain types of businesses and other operations if they cannot be modified to operate safely outdoors or by pickup.

According to a county news release, the restrictions apply to gyms and fitness centers, places of worship and cultural ceremonies, offices serving noncritical industries, personal care services including nail and body-waxing salons, hair salons and barbershops, and shopping malls. Tattoo and piercing parlors as well as electrolysis businesses were ordered to close.

The new order follows the governor's July 2 action closing all indoor operations relating to dine-in restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, cardrooms, zoos and museums. That order also closed all bars, breweries or pubs regardless of their ability to continue operating outdoors.

Kern landed on the state's county watchlist by failing metrics including COVID-19 positive test rates, hospital stays related to the virus and the population's share of people infected.

Follow John Cox on Twitter: @TheThirdGraf.

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Masked 2020

Naked Don is doing his crazytalkbriefing........the country needs Kim Kardashian to do an intervention and save us......

Bam Bam

Evidently it’s trumps fault

LoveOurFlag

yep

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LoveOurFlag

Rah Rah Rah, Sis Boom Ya. YAAAAAAAAYYYY Kern. Well done trumpites !!! Well DONE !! Keep it up and we will be NUMBER ONE !!!! ( sarcasm evident I hope) Yep, I was listening to Rush today and heard ALLL the anti mask propaganda. Keep drinkin that koolaid.

Vico17

Mitt the mole speaks. Thank you LoveOurFlag.

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Vico17

Cuckoo, cuckoo. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a professional distancer...: calsones.

Zeppo

LoveOurFlag: There were a group of doctors which met outside the Supreme Court and spoke of all the lies that the public is being told about Covid. One female black doctor was brilliant. She has treated over 350 patients and NONE have died. She used hydroxy on them and even patients with diabetes have survived. Rather than calling people names, listen to what these doctors have stated.

LoveOurFlag

ummm... she also believe aliens contributed to vaccines and that sex with demons causes disease. She fits right in with you trumpetts.

PopTart

Guess those masks just must not be working...

Unruly Panda

Maybe now our local elected officials will actually have the courage to enforce the legal and duly issued order making face coverings mandatory in public. Maybe they will stop foisting the responsibility for upholding the order on business owners. Maybe they will finally prioritize our health instead of worrying about political impact. Maybe. But I doubt it.

Vico17

It's a "legal and duly issued order" when Guv Newsom does it, but "dictatorial" when your President does it? Ok. This is what we call a Panda Pandering.

LoveOurFlag

nope, Vico reasoning. two wrong headed baboons make a Wright. ! figure it out.

Vico17

That equals 4 more years. Right?

LoveOurFlag

nope, never happen. They have orange nose syndrome.

Boogerface Nutter

In fact, the business owners are the ones who will be suffering from the crackdown so it would be incumbent upon them to just say no to anyone not wearing a mask.

Simple and effective.

It's the pits to have all these businesses and services shut down but recent experience in Bako shows that way too many people think they are impervious to the virus or they just don't give a thought about anyone else.

FAIRGROUND61

Mitch McConnel has already stated he would prefer states and Small Businesses file Bankruptcy

FAIRGROUND61

Thank you. This needs to be uojeld. Only reason Numbers started to rise is because of all the "Karen's " out there proclaiming they do not need a mask...

Take action Now

Thank you USA governments for having such a maybe yes maybe no attitude about taking action to control society and how to act to protect everyone. I’m sorry folks your rights are not being violated if told to wear a mask. If it were then why are you required to have a drivers license. Your dogs rights are also being violated because they have to get a rabies shot every year.

Let’s start putting more effort into judicial system and start applying true punishment to fit crimes. No bail for all. Perfect example of how our judicial system is broken look at the “ fishing murders in Florida”.

Unruly Panda

"Leslie Jacobs, who teaches constitutional law at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, agreed that the California Emergency Services Act, along with the state’s broad public health authority gives Newsom extensive power to address the pandemic, including requiring face coverings. It’s the same law he used to justify his statewide stay-at-home order in March.

"That’s the authority under which the governor declared an emergency on March 4," Jacobs said. "That transfers all the authority of the state to the governor, to the extent necessary, to address the COVID emergency."

Jessica Levinson, who teaches at Loyola Law School, also said Newsom has the legal authority to require face coverings.

"Short answer – He does. Medium answer – He sure does. Longer answer – He sure as h*ll does," she wrote in an email."

So the Governor's order is legal and enforceable, but Kern County, the City of Bakersfield, and other local municipalities just choose to ignore their OBLIGATION to enforce the order. Too bad there isn't any ability to penalize elected officials for willful violation of their obligations to our community. Oh yeah, I guess that's called voting.

Vico17

Thank you Ms. Robles for speaking out.

Is McGeorge School of Law anything like McDonald's School of Burgers?

Fred Rogers

Thank you for raising awareness to where a large part of the problem in Kern county stems from.

Hopefully with time, our neighbors will be willing to listen to us, as us to them. I believe with time, facts, and compassion we might be able to prevail.

Again thank you.

Bodysnatcher

Panda, another cut and paster'. Poor thing.

scottybob

Amen and Amen.

FAIRGROUND61

Thank you. Well said

JR

My bad. I made an error in my previous comment about being oblivious that was credited to the wrong person. It wasn't the journalist who wrote this piece, it was a representative from the Depart of Public Health.

scottybob

Thank you for the clarification. Wish TBC would do it more often.

Moardeeb

Well let's see! What must Kern do to get off the list? Really? How about.......

Stay home

Wear masks

Social distance

Thereby........

Reducing the number of cases and deaths

Decreasing hospitalizations

Reducing the positivity percentage.

Seems pretty simple. Just do it all and we will be off the list in a few weeks! It ain't rocket surgery!

JR

Exactly what I thought. How oblivious can a person be, especially a reporter. It's only been repeated every day, ad nauseam, for four and half months by every news source, talk show host, medical and scientific professional, some politicians., and the man on the street. Good God Almighty! Why are Americans so much stupider than people in other countries.

Masked 2020

So Michelle? what is the New plan to set us "free".... the County Health Department's implementation of the Old plan so far has bore woefully inadequate results.... the tortuous manipulation of the data to fit the Happy Talk so far hasn't slowed the Spread...

Masked 2020

Well Michelle..... folks can be "Freed".. went they stop sharing the deadly virus......A spokeswoman for the county Department of Public Health, Michelle Corson, said by email Friday the governor hasn't given Kern an "end date" for the new restrictions. The county has not been told what, specifically, it must do to be freed from the restrictions, she added.

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