Gov. Newsom Triggers 'Most Restrictive' COVID Tier

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Posted: Nov 16, 2020 4:20 PM
Gov. Newsom Triggers 'Most Restrictive' COVID Tier

Source: Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times via AP

We knew this was coming. With the rise in COVID cases across the country, Gov. Gavin Newsom is imposing the strictest regulations yet in the Golden State.

“We are sounding the alarm,” Newsom said in a statement. “California is experiencing the fastest increase in cases we have seen yet — faster than what we experienced at the outset of the pandemic or even this summer. The spread of COVID-19, if left unchecked, could quickly overwhelm our health care system and lead to catastrophic outcomes."

So, starting on Tuesday, counties home to 94 percent of Californians will be moved into the state's "most restrictive" coronavirus tier.

Newsom's mandate comes after similar restrictions in New York, where bars and restaurants must close by 10 p.m., or in Michigan, where indoor dining isn't allowed and organized sports are banned, and in Illinois, where Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot told residents to cancel their Thanksgiving plans.

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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, meanwhile, is keeping her state open. And saving thousands of jobs in the process.