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Governor Bans Indoor Restaurant Dining, Closes Bars in Madera County

SACRAMENTO — Madera County was one of six California counties added to the state’s watch list Monday due to a spike in new coronavirus cases.

According to local health officials, Madera County landed on the list because daily confirmed case numbers have been on the increase for three straight days — and the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 is averaging about 11 percent. Counties with positive tests above 8 percent of total population tested are placed on the state’s watch list.

Over the weekend, MCDPH confirmed 135 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases as of Sunday evening to 713.

So far, 23 counties within the state are now on the watch list, including five — Fresno, Tulare, Kings, Merced and Madera — in Central California.

The governor said Monday that the newly added counties will need to close their bars and halt all indoor operations for restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms as well as close movie theaters, zoos, museums, card rooms and family entertainment centers. MCDPH officials are expected to announce later Monday when the closures, which will remain in effect for at least three weeks, are expected to take effect.

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