Just after Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced that he will be lifting the widely criticized stay-at-home orders, allowing outdoor dining and salons to reopen as usual, according to a recent report.
The Daily Wire reported that according to a letter from the California Restaurant Association, sources close to Gavin Newsom’s office have indicated that the bans could be lifted as soon as Monday in the Golden State.
Journalist Ashley Zavala tweeted late Sunday: “JUST IN: Multiple sources tell me Governor Newsom will lift the stay at home order on all regions in California tomorrow. All counties will go back to the tier system, sources say. Most will return to the purple tier— allowing the reopening of outdoor dining, indoor salons.”
“In a letter to restaurant owners, the California Restaurant Association says sources tell them that officials with Gov. Newsom’s office plan to lift the stay-at-home orders in all regions of the state on Monday,” reports ABC7. “Golden Gate Restaurant Association President Laurie Thomas says she’s ‘optimistic outdoor dining will resume by the end of the week.'”
In a statement to ABC7, a spokesperson for the governor’s office said the change in policy would be based on “promising signs,” according to the Daily Wire.
“We see promising signs that California is slowly emerging from the most intense stage of this pandemic. We continue to look at what that means for the Regional Stay at Home order and anticipate that the state Department of Public Health will provide a formal update tomorrow morning,” said the statement.
The full letter from California Restaurant Association reads:
Late this evening, senior officials in the Newsom administration informed us that the Governor will announce tomorrow that the stay-at-home order will be lifted in all regions of the state.
The regions of the state currently under the stay-at-home order are: Bay Area; Southern California; and San Joaquin Valley. Two other regions – Northern California and Sacramento region – are currently not under the stay-at-home order.
Again, a formal announcement is expected tomorrow and we will send you further information as soon as it’s available. For now, we thought you’d like to know this good news.
Along with the lifting the ban on outdoor dining, Newsom is reportedly set to allow salons to reopen. However, as was noted by Politico, “county health officials could still try to impose their own restrictions” as a result of Newsom “allow[ing] local leaders to impose stricter rules than the state does.”
The Daily Wire reported over the weekend that Newsom has been under scrutiny after his administration announced that they would not release COVID-19 data so as to avoid confusing residents.
“Newsom’s administration has been hiding COVID-19 data, saying that data is too complex for Californians to understand. The hidden data relates to how the California government projects intensive care unit (ICU) capacity,” said the report. “Just days before President Joe Biden was inaugurated, California’s daily updated map of ICU capacity showed that the state’s stay-at-home order wouldn’t be lifted any time soon, yet just a day later, the AP reported, suddenly the order was lifted for the Greater Sacramento area.”
Newsom came under fire in November 2020 after reports and photos surfaced indicating he had attended a multi-family birthday party for a political adviser at The French Laundry in Napa, California. Initially, a spokesperson defended Newsom’s decision to participate in the event, arguing that it took place outdoors. Days later, however, it was discovered that the party took place indoors with almost no social distancing and no mask-wearing. Newsom eventually apologized, writing it off as a mistake.
“I want to apologize to you because I need to preach and practice, not just preach and not practice, and I’ve done my best to do that,” Newsom said. “We’re all human. We all fall short sometimes.”