San Diego County Closing Bars On July 1

In attempt to slow the coronavirus spread over the July 4th holiday weekend, San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher has announced that bars, wineries, and breweries that do not serve food will close starting on Wednesday, July 1 at 12:01 am.

"We will be closing all bars, wineries and breweries in San Diego County that do not have a license to serve food," Fletcher said.

In response to the recent increase in people testing positive for COVID-19, County officials decided to close drinking-only establishments. Fletcher said that because of the increased spread of the virus, “It’s better if we can take increment steps to dial things back,” said Fletcher, who is himself in quarantine after a possible exposure.

People can still drink alcoholic beverages served with meals and restaurants, but they cannot order drinks without food, Fletcher said.

On Monday, San Diego County Health and Human Services reported a record 498 new coronavirus cases, with the 14-day rolling average of positive cases rising to 4.1%.

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