Dear Commons Community,
California’s Governor Gavin Newsom yesterday clamped new restrictions on businesses, and the state’s two largest school districts, Los Angeles and San Diego, and said children would not return to class for the new term as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations soared.
Newsom ordered bars closed and restaurants, movie theaters, zoos and museums statewide to cease indoor operations. He also said churches, gyms and hair salons must close in the 30 hardest-hit counties.
“It’s incumbent upon all of us to recognize soberly that COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon, until there is a vaccine and/or an effective therapy,” Newsom said at a daily news briefing.
The governor called the move critical to stemming a new surge in COVID-19 cases that have strained hospitals in several of California’s rural counties.
The public school districts for Los Angeles and San Diego, two of the country’s largest with a combined 706,000 students and 88,000 employees, said in a joint statement they would hold online-only classes, citing “vague and contradictory” science and public health guidelines.
Sadly, I think we will see other states following California.