Riots Cause COVID-19 Spike in LA, Governor Newsom Orders Bars to Close

( California has returned to its lockdown days…or at least, Los Angeles has. For a short while it looked like Governor Gavin Newsom had changed his mind about keeping the state in lockdown for months longer than other places, and bars and restaurants were allowed to reopen with limited capacities. Governor Newsom has since announced, however, that all bars across Los Angeles must close immediately.

The decision comes as an increase in coronavirus cases was recorded in the city over the last few days, likely a result of the relaxing of the lockdown but also because more tests are being performed in the United States than anywhere else in the world.

Newsom told Twitter that all bars in LA and several other counties across the state should be closed, and he recommended that bars in some other counties also consider doing the same.

“Due to the rising spread of #COVID19, CA is ordering bars to close in Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, San Joaquin, and Tulare, while recommending they close in Contra Costa, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, & Ventura,” he said.

Other states are also issuing new lockdown orders, including Texas and Florida. For those states, the news is less surprising. Both states reopened their economies much more quickly than other states, allowing people to dine in restaurants and drink in bars as normal. However, California has not been as quick to reopen as either of those states.

As well as an increase in tests, it’s entirely possible that the recent riots are to blame for the increase in COVID infections – and not people attending restaurants. Tens of thousands of people have been taking to the streets of Los Angeles every week, campaigning on behalf of left-wing extremist groups like Black Lives Matter and Antifa.

Despite the lockdown orders, Democrat leaders in California have supported the protests.

It begs the question…why is Newsom so quick to shut down bars, but happy to allow tens of thousands of people to take to the street and spread the virus?