While states like Georgia and Texas have begun allowing non-essential businesses to open back up in a bid to restart the sputtering economy, California Governor Gavin Newsom is resisting calls to lift his stay-at-home order. Mayors from small, rural California communities that have seen few, if any, COVID-19 deaths have sent a letter to Newsom asking that certain areas be allowed to reopen. The governor said he will consider their perspective, but maintains that six milestones must be reached before he withdraws the order.
The six criteria are:
• the ability to closely monitor and track potential cases
• prevent infection of high-risk people
• prepare hospitals to handle surges
• develop therapies to meet demand
• ensure schools, businesses and child-care facilities can support social distancing
• develop guidelines for when to ask Californians to stay home again if necessary
As of this writing, the governor has set no timeline for easing current restrictions.
And citing the 1918 Spanish Flu's violent resurgence following a reopening as an example, San Francisco Mayor London Breed said it’s likely the Bay Area’s shelter-in-place order will be extended beyond its current May 3 expiration.