Last week California became the second US State to cross 1 million cases of COVID-19. This spread is much faster than the spike seen in mid-June. There’s a possibility that hospitalizations will increase quickly, so Governor Newsom is imposing restrictions on businesses across the counties.
Newsom called this action the “emergency brake in the Blueprint for a Safer Economy.” He said that masks would be required when people go outside their homes, with limited exceptions. There will be a four-tier system for reopening. This will be based on the number of virus cases and the infection rates in each county. Different counties have different tiers and more restrictive ones include banning indoor dining.
“We are sounding the alarm,” Newsom said in a statement. “California is experiencing the fastest increases 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.”
Businesses have complained that they have been strictly adhering to rules but are paying the price for residents who have been careless or who have seen conspiracies where none exist.