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Gov Newsom: CA is ‘many days not weeks’ from lifting some restrictions

During today's news conference, CA Governor Gavin Newsom said the state is "days not months" away from lifting some restrictions. Newsom had said earlier this week that we are "weeks not months" from lifting certain restrictions.

"We're getting very close to making very meaningful augmentations to that stay-at-home order. We said 'weeks, not months' about four or five days ago. I want to say 'many days, not weeks.' As long as we continue to be prudent and thoughtful in certain modifications, I think we'll be making some announcements," Newsom said.

Newsom once again addressed the scenes from last weekend showing crowds at Orange County beaches.

"If we have the kind of weekend that I hope and expect we will, and we don't see those huge crowds descend, then we're going to be in a position as early as Monday, Tuesday, I hope, to make some announcements of
new strategies and partnerships," Newsom said.

The next stage for reopening would see retail and manufacturing business be back in operation.

Read: More on CA's 4 stages for reopening businesses

This afternoon, attorneys for the cities of Dana Point and Huntington Beach will seek temporary restraining orders as they resist Gov. Gavin Newsom's order of a temporary "hard close'' of beaches in Orange County.

The governor, in his daily briefing, brushed off the lawsuits in alluding to the TRO hearing scheduled before an Orange County Superior Court judge.

Newsom hinted at announcements next week that could lead to a relaxing of stay-at-home orders, but added, "We can screw all that up. We can set all that back by making bad decisions."

Newsom also addressed protesters in Sacramento and Huntington Beach.

Speaking to protesters, Gov. Gavin Newsom says, "All I ask for is this: that is, take care of yourself. Wear a face covering. Do justice to physical distancing. You don't want to contract this disease. … This disease doesn't know if you're a protester, Democrat, Republican, if you support the election of one candidate or the ouster of another. It just knows one thing, and that is its host. And it has a remarkable ability -- people with asymptomatic conditions -- to transport to someone else. Just protect yourself, protect your family. Protect your kids, your parents, your grandparents, your friends, your neighbors, people that you're protesting with. That's all I would say to them, and thank them for their expression of free speech.''

Protesters in Huntington Beach (May 1, 2020)

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Jesus Reyes

City News Service

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