Southern California is suffering a surge in new COVID virus infections since the White House entered “phase three” of its official plan for “Opening Up America Again”.
Javier’s Cantina in Newport Beach has been forced to close its doors once more, because of the COVID surge, less than a month after a May 29th Facebook post announced it was “looking forward” to reopening that night.
“We’re happy and excited to announce that our Newport Beach location will be reopening tonight Friday (5.29) at 4:00 pm!” They wrote. “We will also be serving food & margaritas for take-out as well!
“Thank you to everyone for your support and patience, we can’t wait to see you all again tonight at Javier’s! Please call for reservations!”
We’re happy and excited to announce that our Newport Beach location will be re-opening tonight Friday (5.29) at 4:00pm!...Posted by Javier's - Newport Beach on Friday, May 29, 2020
Adding to the Orange County restaurant’s woes, a source tells CelebMagazine that a total of TEN staff members have allegedly been infected by the COVID virus since the post-quarantine opening and that three of the ten are kitchen crew.
Cantina COVID Cover-up?
However, Javier’s Cantina has not admitted to ANY COVID-related infections occurring, dismissing claims to the contrary as being unfortunate “rumors” and insisting “the health and safety of our guests and staff is our top priority.”
On their Instagram page, Javier’s Cantina explains it’s closing to “carry out deep cleaning and testing” and vows to reopen on July 1st.
“Thank you all for your continued support and we can’t wait to see you again!” the caption reads.
Is that really the best excuse they can come up with?!!
If a restaurant is in such dire need of “deep cleaning” that it has to close after just three weeks, it’s management should seriously rethink the cleaning practices they currently have in place.
Upscale hit too
It’s not just Javier’s Cantina that’s been hit hard by the recent SoCal COVID surge, upscale The A Restaurant, also in Newport Beach, has had to close down again too.
According to the LA Times, Orange County spokeswoman Molly Nichelson confirmed that at least one staff member of The A Restaurant has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Nichelson went on to add that their testing of Javier’s Cantina employees has yet to be completed.
The A Restaurant, which reopened on June 1 and closed again on June 16, also announced it was shutting down temporarily to “perform deep cleaning and testing”.
Doing your best in hard times
Jordan Otterbein, one of The A Restaurant owners, admitted that he expects a lot of other businesses will also be forced to close down due to the COVID surge that’s come with the “phase 3” opening-up of shops, bars, and restaurants.
“I get the pressures of having to stay open,” Otterbein told the LA Times. “Believe me, I don’t want to close for two days, but I want the northern star to be an abundance of safety and that we can say, ‘We did our best.’”
“Doing our best” is basically all of us can hope for ultimately.
The 24-hour death toll
According to the official California COVID update site, there were at least 4,515 additional confirmed cases throughout the state on Saturday (within a 24-hour period).
The site states:
“Numbers may not represent true day-over-day change as reporting of test results can be delayed. The total number of deaths is 5,495, an increase of 71 from Friday.”
They go on to list the additional newly confirmed cases by county—LA ranks highest with 81,604, and Orange County fourth with 10,284.
Just like in many other countries around the world, the U.S. government’s handling of the epidemic has been chaotic, confusing, and weak, to say the least.
Get back to work y’all!
Trump first started pushing for the country to “get back to work!” in March, because, presumably, what do 119,453—and rising—deaths (at time of posting) matter when it comes to keeping the flawed and failing Capitalist “dream” alive?
“At a certain point we have to get open and we have to get moving,” Trump said, during a White House press conference. “We don’t want to lose these companies. We don’t want to lose these workers.”
A month later, when the number of deaths had reached the 50,000 mark, Trump raised the “genius” suggestion that people inject themselves with disinfectant.
“And then I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute,” he mused. “One minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning?
“So it’d be interesting to check that.”
“I’m not a doctor. But I’m, like, a person that has a good you-know-what,” Trump concluded, pointing to his orange head.
However, it took another month until the US actually began opening up for business again, with each state individually deciding how and when, much to Trump’s fury.
Initially, 31 of the 50 states eased their lock-down restrictions, despite public health experts—the majority of whom actually ARE doctors—warning it was still “too soon” to be safe for the public.
On May 12th, Gavin Newsom, the Governor of California held a press conference, during which he outlined a set of guidelines for businesses to follow if they were to reopen throughout the state.
Newsom made it clear they were just “guidelines” though and he included the perfect no-blame clause, should everything happen to go tits-up, by leaving it up to each of the state’s counties to decide if they wanted to follow all or any of his guidelines.
Meanwhile, CNN reports that California is one of the ten US states currently seeing the highest number of daily new COVID cases since the pandemic started.
World united in chaos, confusion & death
Although the USA is definitely #winning in the death stakes, other countries around the world are catching up.
The U.K. has been every bit as inept in their handling of the crisis, with the government’s daily televised updates resulting in the public becoming yet more confused about the situation and what they’re supposed to do, or not to do.
According to the World Health organization, at the time of posting there have been a total of 465,745 COVID deaths globally.
The US is way up at the top, with 119,453 fatalities, followed by Brazil with 49,976, then the UK with 42,632, Italy with 34,634, France with 29,571, and Spain with 28,323.
Interestingly, given the fact it’s where the pandemic first broke, mainland China is reported to have only suffered 4,634 deaths in total so far.
Some speculate that the country has been underreporting the actual number, but others credit China’s quick and decisive reaction to the health crisis.
The Chinese government immediately enforced an incredibly strict lockdown and quarantine order, which included everybody in the country and lasted for 76 days.
Oh, and not a drop of bleach injected into anybody.