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California Gov Newsom orders Central Valley wineries to close – but keeps his open

Written by on July 4, 2020

 

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CALIFORNIA Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday ordered wineries in 19 counties to close amid surging coronavirus cases — but his own winery and tasting room remains open.

Newsom made the announcement after the Golden State reported a nearly 50 percent increase in COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks.

Indoor operations at restaurants, wineries, and tasting rooms, family entertainment centers, movie theaters, zoos, museums, and cardroom gambling businesses were ordered to close down.

The updated coronavirus restrictions apply to 19 counties, including Los Angeles, that have been on the state’s monitoring list because of an increasing number of cases for three straight days.

But, as noted by California’s KMPH-TV, Newsom’s winery and tasting room in Napa Valley — PlumpJack Wines — is still open.

The winery’s website explains Newsom found PlumpJack Wines in 1992 as his first business.

“Over the next decade, the PlumpJack Group began to grow under his leadership to include many of the restaurants, wineries, and retail establishments in the current portfolio.”

The winery’s next available tasting is on Tuesday, per the venue’s website, which explains their new rules and guidelines amid the pandemic.

Customers are doing tastings by appointment only for groups with six people or less, and both employees are required to wear masks in all public areas — while guests must wear a face covering “when not seated at their designated tasting area.”

The tasting rooms are also going through “enhanced cleaning measures,” and the winery said all guests will have access to areas to properly wash their hands.

“Each tasting flight will be pre-poured upon arrival to avoid unnecessary close proximity between our team and guests,” the winery said.

Guests will also be given “sanitized glassware” and “no dump buckets will be provided.”

Source: The Sun