According to the Sacramento Bee “Due to surging coronavirus numbers in California, 39 of the state’s 58 counties were demoted to more strict COVID-19 tiers, 28 moving to purple, requiring businesses to close for indoor operations”. His public comments miscommunicated this order to the public, initially sparking concerns that this statewide curfew applies to everyone.
According to quotes pulled from Fox Business news, In a press conference, Governor Gavin Newsom said he is considering statewide curfews due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in California. The narrative from the associated press had a slightly less dystopian vibe to it. They say “Newsom said he was also strengthening a mask requirement outside of homes with limited exceptions, and he was considering a curfew on business hours.”
Fox Business clarifies later in the article that he was referring to businesses and industries, not a blanket curfew for citizens, but the way the article is formatted is kind of misleading. Yet another reason to use multiple news sources or at least to take everything they say with a grain of salt.
Gavin Newsom should really consider choosing his words more carefully though because there is a big difference between statewide curfews, and forcing businesses to reduce their nighttime hours. Either one is concerning in this so called free country of ours.
When did we the people forfeit our individual sovereignty to our state and federal governments? I don’t remember that meeting. This kind of top down control over citizens is counterproductive in the effort to unite American citizens to act responsibly and safely during the COVID-19 crisis. Instead of respecting the rights of californians and asking that they respectfully follow certain guidelines, the governor continues to tell a bunch of people who were told their whole lives that they are free to decide for themselves what is in their own best interest, that they must now follow any rule he unilaterally creates, or else. Great recipe for a cooperative and responsible citizenry.
The left keeps turning this into a political issue and the right keeps making it worse by taking the bait and fighting back. Whoever acts more authoritarian gets the virtue signaling award for how much they care about the health and safety of citizens and gets to be king of COVID-19. Ah spare me. What a line of crap.