(ConservativePeak.Com)- Democratic Governor of California Gavin Newsom hit back at counties defying his stay-at-home order this week. Newsom was angered by the decision of two counties in his state to defy his stay-at-home order, which many have argued is excessive.
Last week, Yuba and Sutter counties announced that they would adopt more relaxed public health guidelines that would allow people to begin re-opening stores and businesses.
“They’re making a big mistake, they’re putting their public at risk. They’re putting our progress at risk,” Newsom said angrily during a press conference on Tuesday.
In Sutter and Tuba, dine-in restaurants and salons have been allowed to reopen, as long as they adopt social distancing measures and clean the stores more thoroughly every day. Allowing businesses in the counties to open means residents can start making money at a time when the economy is crippled and, beyond a one-off check from the government, many people don’t have any income at all.
Despite this, Governor Newsom considers it the wrong thing to do.
“I’m well aware of those examples,” he said, in response to a question about the two counties not following the rules he set out. “These are exceptions. These are real exceptions. The overwhelming majority of Californians are playing by the rules, doing the right thing,” he said.
During the press conference, Newsom also said that California should be moving into the second phase of the Trump administration’s reopening plan soon. It will mean that other counties across the state will follow in the footsteps of Sutter and Yuba, and begin giving people their freedoms back.
This second phase will mean that schools can start to reopen, childcare providers can go back to work, and non-essential manufacturing operations can get running again. Retail stores will also be allowed to start offering pick-up services.
However, unlike in Yuba and Sutter, hair salons and restaurants will not be allowed to reopen in the second phase. Newsom argued that the two counties allowing the businesses to reopen are putting people at risk.
“I would encourage them just to do the right thing,” he said. “And know that we are committed to working with them as we have been, and their county representatives. We believe in ‘read-aim-fire,’ not ‘ready-fire-aim.’”
Whatever that means.