//Newsom says new restrictions will be announced before July 4

Newsom says new restrictions will be announced before July 4

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In this June 19, 2020, file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, wears a face mask as he answers a reporter’s question during his visit to the Queen Sheba Ethiopian Cuisine restaurant in Sacramento, Calif.

“>a close up of a man: In this June 19, 2020, file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, wears a face mask as he answers a reporter's question during his visit to the Queen Sheba Ethiopian Cuisine restaurant in Sacramento, Calif. © Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press

In this June 19, 2020, file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, wears a face mask as he answers a reporter’s question during his visit to the Queen Sheba Ethiopian Cuisine restaurant in Sacramento, Calif.

Gov. Gavin Newsom addressed the surge in coronavirus cases in California at a Tuesday press briefing and said he plans to pull back on the state’s reopening plan before the three-day weekend.

Newsom didn’t provide details on changes to the order and whether these will be issued statewide or by county. He said he will announce the new restrictions Wednesday. “We’ll be making some additional announcements on efforts to use the ‘dimmer switch’ and begin to toggle back on our stay-at-home order and tighten things up,” he said.

The governor said family gatherings are one of the areas of highest concern, especially ahead of the Fourth of July holiday when families often congregate.

He said it’s not only bars and protests that contribute to the virus spread, but “specifically family gathering, where family members begin to mix and they take down their guard.” Newsom said in recent discussions, county officials pointed to these gatherings spreading the virus as their top worry.

The governor went on to describe how one of these gatherings might unfold. “They may walk into that barbecue with masks on, they may put the cooler down and immediately the mask comes off,” he said. “… And all of a sudden here comes Uncle Bob, two hours late. He gives everyone a hug, and they’re all, ‘Hey, Uncle Bob, where’s the mask?’ And Uncle Bob, ‘I don’t believe in that’ and the whole thing starts to take shape.”

The governor said the state is seeing a surge in cases. Hospitalizations went up 6.3% yesterday and the number of patients in intensive care units increased 4.3%. The state’s positivity rate went from 4.4% two weeks ago to 5.6% on Tuesday.

Newsom said the increasing positivity rate led him to order seven counties to close bars over the weekend and it’s why he’ll be taking additional steps to pull back on reopening.

The state is likely to order counties to more strictly enforce mask wearing. “If you’re not going to stay home, and you’re not going to wear masks in public, we have to enforce, and we will,” Newsom said.

If jurisdictions don’t enforce masks, the governor said there could be financial consequences.

“We have conditioned $2.5 million in our state budget on applying the spirit and the letter of the law as it relates to health directives at the county level,” Newsom said. “If local officials are unwilling to enforce and are being dismissive, we will condition the distribution of those dollars. Again, $2.5 million.”

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Amy Graff is a digital editor with SFGATE. Email her: agraff@sfgate.com.