Newsom Sees Light On The Horizon For California's Stay At Home Orders

Gavin Newsom Speaks At the California Democratic Party Convention.
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Governor Newsom put a timeline on reopening California for the first time today, declaring that the easing of statewide shelter in place orders is just weeks away. The Governor also chasisted Orange County beachgoers and said irresponsible behavior could worsen the pandemic and extend restrictions.

Governor Newsom has been reluctant to say when California might reopen as the coronavirus pandemic peaks and wanes, but now he is finally willing to see we are getting closer to relaxing statewide rules.

“We are just a few weeks away, not months away, from making measurable and meaningful changes to our stay at home order,” said Newsom.

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— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) April 27, 2020 But that won’t happen, he said at his daily briefing, if people act irresponsibly now and fuel a resurgence of the virus. He expressed dismay at the huge crowds of people who flocked to some Southern California beaches without practicing social distancing over the weekend, calling out Newport Beach in particular.

“This virus doesn’t take the weekends off, this virus doesn’t go home because it’s a beautiful sunny day around our coast.” said Newsom.

The Governor announced that Nevada and Colorado are joining the Western states pact to reopen as a region, based on science and health data instead of politics, and he will release new details at Tuesday’s briefing on the progress made by businesses and schools toward meeting state benchmarks to allow a safe, gradual return to something approaching normal.