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.