California Gov. Gavin Newsom is interviewed while visiting the Hot and Cool Cafe in Los Angeles on June 3, 2020. California will allow film and television shoots to resume as soon as June 12, Newsom’s office said on Friday, June 5, 2020. (Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom is interviewed while visiting the Hot and Cool Cafe in Los Angeles on June 3, 2020. California will allow film and television shoots to resume as soon as June 12, Newsom’s office

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Photo: Genaro Molina / TNS

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom is interviewed while visiting the Hot and Cool Cafe in Los Angeles on June 3, 2020. California will allow film and television shoots to resume as soon as June 12, Newsom’s office said on Friday, June 5, 2020. (Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom is interviewed while visiting the Hot and Cool Cafe in Los Angeles on June 3, 2020. California will allow film and television shoots to resume as soon as June 12, Newsom’s office

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Photo: Genaro Molina / TNS

Coronavirus updates: Judge blocks Newsom’s mass vote-by-mail executive order

LATEST June 12, 2:55 p.m. California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order to send every active registered voter in the state an absentee ballot prior to the November election due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic was blocked by a judge in Sutter County.

State GOP Assemblymembers James Gallagher of Sutter County and Kevin Kiley of Placer County sought to block the executive order on the grounds that Newsom exceeded his emergency powers and sidestepped the state legislature. Superior Court Judge Perry Parker granted the request, and a hearing has been scheduled for June 26.

“This is a victory for separation of powers,” the assemblymen said in a statement. “The governor has continued to brazenly legislate by fiat, without public input and without the deliberative process provided by the Legislature. Today the judicial branch finally gave him the check that was needed and that the Constitution requires.”

June 12, 1:45 p.m. The number of inmates in California prisons who have died after contracting the coronavirus rose to 15 this week.

13 of the 15 deaths have occurred at the California Institution for Men in Chino. The state reports there are currently 2,442 active COVID-19 cases among prisoners across California.

June 12, 1:20 p.m. Here’s a rundown of new cases in counties across the Bay Area. This list will be updated with details as they become available.

—San Francisco reported 38 new cases to increase its total to 2,878. The death toll remains 44.

—Alameda reported one new death and 97 new cases. The case total is 4,216 and the death toll is 109.

—San Mateo reported six new deaths and 39 new cases. The case total is 2,533 and the death toll is 99.

—Contra Costa reported 48 new cases to increase its total to 1,877. The death toll remains 44.

—Napa reported five new cases to increase its total to 168. The death toll remains three.

—Sonoma reported 21 new cases to increase its total to 701. The death toll remains four.

June 12, 12:15 p.m. Restaurants are taking over Palo Alto’s California Avenue with tables and chairs to offer outdoor dining as part of the city’s “Summer Streets” program.

Retail can also move their stores into outdoor spaces as part of the effort started June 11 to help revive downtown businesses.

The closure to traffic and parking along California Avenue is slated to continue daily through July 5 and could be extended longer.

There are plans to do the same on the city’s University Avenue in two weeks.

Palo Alto Online notes some residents and businesses are opposed to the program that was debated earlier this week at a city council program. City Manager Ed Shikada told the site that some downtown business owners are concerned limiting vehicle traffic will reduce business.

June 12, 11:45 a.m. The City of San Francisco and UC Hastings (along with co-plaintiffs, including the Tenderloin Merchants and Property Owners Association) on Friday announced a settlement had been reached regarding concerns around crowding and sanitation in the Tenderloin during the coronavirus pandemic.

The resolution comes five weeks after UC Hastings filed suit against the city to find a solution to a reported increase in the number of homeless individuals setting up shelters on Tenderloin sidewalks. Initially, the city responded with a plan to clean up the neighborhood by focusing on key blocks in the area.

But as the San Francisco Examiner reported, neighborhood residents found that plan to be insufficient, noting that progress wasn’t being made fast enough.

Friday’s announcement describes additional specificities, including a requirement that the city remove up to 300 homeless encampments in the neighborhood by July 20, 2020, representing 70% of those counted in an early June census. Those unhoused individuals will be relocated to hotel rooms the city has leased during the COVID-19 outbreak or to safe sleeping sites throughout the city.

June 12, 11:05 a.m. In a live streamed Q&A session Friday morning, Santa Clara County Public Information Officers Maribel Martinez and Larry Little answered questions from the public about testing.

Responding to one query, Martinez advised residents to be tested “at least once,” now that testing supplies have increased, particularly if they are first responders or have been at a protest recently, even if they are not showing symptom

June 12, 9:45 a.m. Bay Area counties are reopening their economies on their own timelines and several counties are seeing specific sectors resume operations Friday and in coming days.

—In San Francisco, restaurants can welcome back diners at outdoor seating only today, and you can find a list of restaurants opening today on SFGATE. Retail for in-store shopping will open in the city on Monday, June 15.

—In Marin County, indoor retail and house cleaning can resume today.

—In Contra Costa County, hair salons and barbershops can reopen as soon as June 17.

—In Sonoma County, wineries can open their tasting rooms today.

—Santa Cruz County has given several sectors the green light to resume operations today including gyms, hotels for tourism, movie theaters, and family entertainment centers.

June 12, 9:30 a.m. The Golden Gate National Park Service announced Friday it will restore access to the following areas beginning June 15:

Marin County

—Tennessee Valley parking 
—Rodeo Beach parking 
—Conzelman & McCullough roads & GG Bridge overlook parking corridors
—Fort Baker & Horseshoe Cove parking

San Francisco

—Merrie Way (Sutro Baths) parking (Note: Lands End Lookout Café open takeout Saturday and Sunday)
—Upper Fort Mason parking

Coronavirus in the greater Bay Area: A county-by-county snapshot

ALAMEDA COUNTY: 4,216 confirmed cases, 109 deaths

What’s open beyond essential businesses: Outdoor businesses and activities, retail and manufacturing

For more information on Alameda County, visit the public health department website.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY: 1,877 confirmed cases, 44 deaths

What’s open beyond essential businesses: Outdoor businesses and activities, retail and manufacturing, car washes, pet groomers, outdoor museums, outdoor dining, swimming pools, outdoor religious services.

For more information on Contra Costa County, visit the public health department website.

LAKE COUNTY: 30 confirmed cases

What’s open beyond essential businesses: Outdoor businesses and activities, retail, manufacturing, car washes, pet groomers, outdoor museums, offices where telework is not possible, received state approval to open dine-in restaurants, shopping malls and schools

For information on Lake County, visit the public health department website.

MARIN COUNTY: 648 confirmed cases, 17 deaths

What’s open beyond essential businesses: Outdoor businesses and activities, retail and manufacturing, car washes, pet groomers, outdoor museums, outdoor dining, outdoor religious services.

Fore more information on Marin County, visit the public health department website.

MONTEREY COUNTY: 763 confirmed cases, 11 deaths

What’s open beyond essential businesses: Outdoor businesses and activities, retail, manufacturing, car washes, pet groomers, outdoor museums, offices where telework is not possible, received state approval to open dine-in restaurants, shopping malls and schools

For more information on Monterey County, visit the public health department website.

NAPA COUNTY: 168 cases, 3 deaths

What’s open beyond essential businesses: Outdoor businesses and activities, retail, manufacturing, car washes, pet groomers, outdoor museums, offices where telework is not possible, received state approval to open dine-in restaurants, shopping malls, schools and hair salons

For more information on Napa County, visit the public health department website.

SAN BENITO COUNTY: 109 confirmed cases, 2 deaths

What’s open beyond essential businesses: Outdoor businesses and activities, retail, manufacturing, car washes, pet groomers, outdoor museums, offices where telework is not possible, received state approval to open dine-in restaurants, shopping malls and schools

For more information on San Benito County, visit the public health department website.

SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY: 2,878 confirmed cases, 44 deaths

What’s open beyond essential businesses: Outdoor businesses and activities, retail and manufacturing, outdoor dining

For more information on San Francisco County, visit the public health department website.

SAN MATEO COUNTY: 2,533 confirmed cases, 99 deaths

What’s open beyond essential businesses: Outdoor businesses and activities, retail and manufacturing, car washes, pet groomers, outdoor museums, outdoor dining, swimming pools, outdoor religious services.

For more information on San Mateo County, visit the public health department website.

SANTA CLARA COUNTY: 3,063 confirmed cases, 148 deaths

What’s open beyond essential businesses: Outdoor businesses and activities; retail and manufacturing, pet grooming, outdoor dining

Fore more information on Santa Clara County, visit the public health department website.

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY: 235 confirmed cases, 2 deaths

What’s open beyond essential businesses: Outdoor businesses and activities, retail, manufacturing, car washes, pet groomers, outdoor museums, offices where telework is not possible, received state approval to open dine-in restaurants, shopping malls and schools

For more information on Santa Cruz County, visit the public health department website. 

SOLANO COUNTY: 643 confirmed cases, 23 deaths

What’s open beyond essential businesses: All “low-risk” businesses that can comply with physical distancing guidelines; received state approval to open dine-in restaurants, shopping malls, schools, and hair salons

For more information on Solano County, visit the public health department website.

SONOMA COUNTY: 701 confirmed cases, 4 deaths

What’s open beyond essential businesses: Outdoor businesses and activities, retail, manufacturing, car washes, pet groomers, outdoor museums, offices where telework is not possible, received state approval to open dine-in restaurants, shopping malls, schools, and hair salons.

For more information on Sonoma County, visit the public health department website.


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