June 30, 2020 -- In U.S. counties where new coronavirus cases are hitting record highs, officials are targeting the places where the virus seems to be spreading quickly — bars and nightclubs.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered bars in Los Angeles and six other counties to close, he wrote in a Twitter post on Sunday. He also recommended that bars be closed in eight other counties.

“Transmission is increasing in the state,” he said during a press briefing on Monday.

Los Angeles and surrounding counties may need to “toggle back” their reopenings, he added. Although he plans to leave the decision up to county officials, Newsom said he’d intervene if cases continue to increase.

“We will be stepping up our enforcement,” he said. “If people are flaunting those rules and regulations, we’ve got to do more.”

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