- Title: California's new lockdown dims outlook for U.S. growth in pandemic
- Date: 14th July 2020
- Summary: LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA UNITED STATES (JULY 13, 2020) (REUTERS) MAN WALKING INTO LA FITNESS GYM SIGN READING "LA FITNESS" SIGN OF HAIR SALON WINDOW READING: "TEMPORARY CLOSED" EXTERIOR OF "SUPERCUTS" HAIR SALON "SUPERCUTS" ENTRANCE WITH CLOSED SIGN ON DOOR VARIOUS EXTERIORS OF NAIL SALON NAIL SALON OWNER BILLY TRAN, WALKING THROUGH HIS SALON WITH PEOPLE IN CHAIRS HAVING THEIR NAILS DONE PEOPLE HAVING THEIR NAILS DONE AT TRAN'S SALON (SOUNDBITE) (English) BILLY TRAN, NAIL SALON OWNER, SAYING: "But if it closes, we will suffer so much, it's just a financial thing because the landlord still pays the mortgage. If we don't make no money to pay the rent, the landlord suffers too so everybody has a problem. And also, we don't have an income and then our family has a problem too." VARIOUS OF NAIL SALON STAFF WORKING WOMAN USING HEAR PHONE WHILE SEATED IN CHAIR HAVING HER NAILS DONE (SOUNDBITE) (English) BILLY TRAN, NAIL SALON OWNER, SAYING: "I still agree with the state order (to close) and if it goes into effect right away then I have to pack up and go home because I don't want to take risks myself either." MORE OF PEOPLE GETTING NAILS DONE IN TRAN'S NAIL SALON MONTEBELLO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (JULY 13, 2020) (REUTERS) PEOPLE GATHERED OUTSIDE NAIL SALON WAITING TO GET NAILS DONE BEFORE CLOSURE TAKES EFFECT VARIOUS OF BUSY NAIL SALON SIGN ON DOOR TO SALON REQUIRING MASKS VARIOUS OF WOMAN HAVING EYEBROWS THREADED
- Embargoed: 28th July 2020 01:53
- Keywords: California barbershops coronavirus gyms nail salons salons shutdown
- Location: LONG BEACH AND MONTEBELLO, CALIFORNIA. UNITED STATES
- City: LONG BEACH AND MONTEBELLO, CALIFORNIA. UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Reuters ID: LVA001CMN9C1Z
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: California Governor Gavin Newsom's decision Monday (July 13) to reimpose restrictions on bars, restaurants, gyms and even ordinary office work to tamp down a surge of coronavirus infections is dimming economic growth prospects for the nation as a whole.
The Golden State, with 40 million people, employs more workers than any other state in the nation, and its production of goods and services is about equal to the combined output of Florida and Texas, two others states that have also seen resurgences of the virus.
In March, after becoming the first U.S. state to impose a stay-at-home order in response to the coronavirus pandemic, California also became the nation's job-loss leader. Some 2.6 million jobs disappeared in March and April, about equal to the combined job losses in Texas and Florida.
The idea, of course, was to stop infections from getting out of control, trading a steep economic decline to create the conditions both for better public health and for a faster economic recovery.
So far, it hasn't worked out that way.
Since then, the virus has resurged in much of the country, with the biggest increases in Florida, Texas, Arizona and California, forcing governors in all of those states to reimpose some restrictions.
But none has gone as far as Newsom did on Monday; and none of those states has near the footprint of California when it comes to economic heft on a national scale. Before the coronavirus crisis, the state accounted for about 14% of the whole U.S. economy.
With about 8,200 new infections daily and rising hospitalizations in California, Newsom is shutting bars and banning indoor restaurant dining statewide, and closing gyms, hair salons and non-essential workplaces in counties where the vast majority of its population lives.
And with those new restrictions, the state's relatively meager job gains so far could stall or even reverse.
(Production: Omar Younis)
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