Although things are starting to return to normal as of June 15th (see blog post), loosened alcohol sales and consumption laws will remain in effect for the remainder of 2021.
On June 28, 2020, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) mandated the closure of bars for California counties who have been on the County Monitoring List for more than 14 days. The mandatory closures are in effect in Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, San Joaquin, and Tulare counties. The CDPH additionally recommended the closure of bars in counties that have been on the County Monitoring List for three or more consecutive days but less than 14 days. Those counties include Contra Costa, Glen, Merced, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Solano, Stanislaus, and Ventura.
According to the CDPH, the County Monitoring List consists of counties that have concerning levels of disease transmission, hospitalizations, or insufficient testing. As of June 28, 2020, California has conducted 3,955,952 tests and has 211,243 confirmed COVID-19 cases. For more information about state and local guidelines, visit cdph.ca.gov/covid19.