Updates: L.A. Restaurants Close as Coronavirus Cases Surge

Ben Bergman

Ben Bergman is the newsroom's senior finance reporter. Previously he was a senior business reporter and host at KPCC, a senior producer at Gimlet Media, a producer at NPR's Morning Edition, and produced two investigative documentaries for KCET. He has been a frequent on-air contributor to business coverage on NPR and Marketplace and has written for The New York Times and Columbia Journalism Review. Ben was a 2017-2018 Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economic and Business Journalism at Columbia Business School. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, playing poker, and cheering on The Seattle Seahawks.

Updates: L.A. Restaurants Close as Coronavirus Cases Surge
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L.A. Restaurants Close as Coronavirus Cases Surge

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Governor Gavin Newsom Wednesday ordered the immediate closure of dining rooms for at least three weeks in Los Angeles and 18 other counties that have been placed on a state watchlist because they are plagued by soaring coronavirus cases.

Newsom stressed that he wasn't shutting restaurants down, but wanted diners to eat outside, where the risk of spreading the virus is lower.

The new restrictions come a little over after a month dining rooms were allowed to reopen, but Newsom and other state officials have been alarmed by skyrocketing cases in the past week.

Newsom is also shutting down state beach parking lots and is urging all localities to cancel their Fourth of July festivities.

"We have to be much more vigilant about maintaining physical distancing from each other," Newsom said.

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Netflix Updated Its Culture Memo for the First Time in 5 Years to Address Censorship, Secrecy

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Kristin Snyder is an editorial intern for dot.la. She previously interned with Tiger Oak Media and led the arts section for UCLA's Daily Bruin.

Netflix Updated Its Culture Memo for the First Time in 5 Years to Address Censorship, Secrecy
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Decerry Donato is dot.LA's Editorial Fellow. Prior to that, she was an editorial intern at the company. Decerry received her bachelor's degree in literary journalism from the University of California, Irvine. She continues to write stories to inform the community about issues or events that take place in the L.A. area. On the weekends, she can be found hiking in the Angeles National forest or sifting through racks at your local thrift store.

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