Gov. Gavin Newsom Shifts Course And Lifts Stay-Home & Curfew Orders
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By Kevin Wilkerson, PubClub.com California Blogger
In the ever-changing, back-and-forth, open-one-day-closed-the-next world of California restaurants COVID-19 restrictions, there is yet another change.
And unlike so many in the past, this one is welcomed by the businesses.
On Monday, Jan., 24, Gov. Gavin Newsom suddenly – and quite unexpectedly – reversed course and lifted the state’s stay-home orders. This means that restaurants and restaurant-bars can return to outdoor dining.
It also ends the statewide curfew, which was in place from 10 p.m.-5 a.m. Did anybody in California actually know there was a curfew?
The move essentially ends the highly controversial region system that led to the shutdown and returns it to the individual counties. The “regional” system lumped Southern California in with counties far to the north and had counties with low numbers such as San Diego tied in with high-numbered counties such as Riverside.
Counties will now return to the previous colored tier system that assigns local risk levels based on case numbers and rates of positive test results for coronavirus infections.
“California is slowly starting to emerge from the most dangerous surge of this pandemic yet, which is the light at the end of the tunnel we’ve been hoping for,” said California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly.
“Seven weeks ago, our hospitals and frontline medical workers were stretched to their limits, but Californians heard the urgent message to stay home when possible and our surge after the December holidays did not overwhelm the healthcare system to the degree we had feared.”
It is also speculated by frustrated residents that the move was made by Newsom in response to the growing number of signatures for his recall.