SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KRON) — Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday the state is “many days, not weeks” away from easing some restrictions to California’s coronavirus stay-at-home order.
“We’re getting really close to making augmentations to that stay at home order,” the governor said during the Friday briefing on the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
He said the changes to the order will impact the retail sector of the economy.
The development comes as pressure piles on state leaders as lawsuits are filed against Southern California beach closures, coupled with large protests across the state.
“Democracy is also alive and well. I’m passionate about participatory democracy,” Newsom said. “It’s not about standing still and standing pat, I applaud that and thank everyone for doing it, all I ask is they do it safely.”
The governor said he’ll give an update on Monday on the state’s expanded ability to track and trace for COVID-19 and mentioned the state is making headway on PPE.
Newsom acknowledged the toll California’s nearly two month-long stay at home order has taken mentally, emotionally and economically. California’s unemployment numbers hit 3.9 million Friday.
California has distributed $7.5 billion in unemployment to 3.9 million people.
The governor says California is making significant progress on supplying personal protective equipment and reached its short term goal of testing 25,000 people a day — these are key factors state leaders say need to be met before the state opens.
California’s economy will slowly start up in four phases, Newsom reiterated an announcement for phase two — which includes retail and manufacturing is coming soon.
“We’re going to be in a position as early as Monday or Tuesday to make some announcements, on some strategies, some partnerships that we’re working on in real time,” he said.
The state crossed the 2,000 mark on COVID-19 deaths after 91 people lost their lives since Thursday’s update. More than 50,000 people have tested positive.
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