Coronavirus: California Gov. Newsom Outlines Plan to Reopen the State

California Governor Gavin Newsom has outlined a framework for reopening the economy in the in the state

The Democrat did not give a date that the current state-at-home order would end, but right now it extends through May 3 statewide, and longer in places like Los Angeles, which has a stay-at-home in effect until May 15.

Gov. Newsom warns to not make the mistake of pulling the plug too early.

He said the state would use real time data, science and examples on a daily basis as the loosening of orders go forward “to toggle that dimmer, so we get exactly the appropriate lighting, so that we can ultimately transition to herd immunity and that vaccine.”

Newsom told reporters to check back with him in two weeks, when he may be able to outline exact dates if California sees a flattening, and then decline, of coronavirus hospitalization rates, as well as a reduction in the number of people in intensive care unit beds.

He warned that Californians should prepare to enter a radically different realm where residents continue to wear masks, and where they may be greeted at restaurants by waiters wearing masks and gloves with disposable menus in venues that have half as many tables. Local school officials would develop new protocols, he said, for physical education classes and recess at schools, as well as processes to deeply clean and sanitize schools, parks and playgrounds to keep infection rates down.

Outlining a framework for reopening the economy, the California governor said the dates would be determined by the ability to do six things:

  • Expand testing to identify and isolate patients
  • Maintain vigilance to protect seniors and high-risk people
  • Meet future surges in hospital with myriad of protective gear
  • Continue to collaborate with academia on therapies
  • Redraw regulations to ensure physical distancing

Newsom has emphasized the enormous complexity of reopening the state’s economy, which is the fifth largest in the world, at a time when a number of state and regional models show that cases could quickly spike and overwhelm the health care system. For that reason, he began collaborating with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown early last week to develop joint criteria to reopen their states.

These plans cast a dark shadow on a potential reopening date for Disney. It would be irresponsible to throw a date out there. Disney will likely abide by government guidelines and impose strict health screenings whenever the parks on the west coast do decide to reopen.

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