Newsom Unveils New 'Temporary' Lockdowns for California

Posted: Dec 03, 2020 6:10 PM
Newsom Unveils New 'Temporary' Lockdowns for California

Source: Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times via AP

California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom is implementing new lockdowns in the state for regions impacted by rising hospitalizations due to COVID-19. 

The governor's order divides the state into five regions, with each region falling under a stay-at-home order that will last at least three weeks. The lockdowns will take effect when ICU hospital capacity in a region dips below 15 percent.  

Currently, four out of five California regions are expected to meet the governor's new threshold for a lockdown in the coming days, although no regions are currently affected. The four regions include Northern California, Greater Sacramento, San Joaquin Valley and Southern California. The fifth region, the Bay Area, is on track to fall below 15 percent capacity later this month, ABC 7 News reported

Under the new stay-at-home order, non-essential businesses will be ordered to close down. Restaurants can remain open for takeout and delivery services only, and schools will close down unless they have received a waiver to stay open. 

Announcing the lockdowns via Twitter, the governor assured Californians the measures were only temporary and said a vaccine for the virus is forthcoming with doses expected to arrive in the next few weeks. 

Of course, it was President Trump that prioritized the development and approval of a vaccine for the Wuhan coronavirus and Democrats who questioned the effectiveness of a vaccine developed so quickly. Now, Democrats are using the fruits of Operation Warp Speed to reassure their constituents while stripping them of their freedoms one last time.

One wonders if the governor and Speaker Pelosi will obey the latest coronavirus measures since they and other Democrats haven't in the past. 

Earlier on Thursday, the Supreme Court handed down a win, at least a temporary one, to a California church that claimed Newsom's coronavirus restrictions earlier this year were discriminatory against places of worship.