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Newsom (finally) lifts California stay-at-home order, outdoor dining ban

It only took a recall petition with 1.2 million signatures to get Newsom to reopen the state of California.

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It only took a recall petition with 1.2 million signatures to get Newsom to reopen the state of California. 

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday the end to the Golden State’s stay-at-home order and outdoor dining ban, which have both been in effect since December. 

The California Department of Public Health said in a press release that the stay-at-home order had been entirely lifted, and that outdoor dining “may resume immediately.” 

“Californians heard the urgent message to stay home as much as possible and accepted that challenge to slow the surge and save lives,” Dr. Tomás Aragón, CDPH director and state public health officer, said in a statement. 

“Together, we changed our activities knowing our short-term sacrifices would lead to longer-term gains,” he added. 

On Sunday evening, the California Restaurant Association said sources told them that Newsom would soon lift the orders in a letter to its members, according to KABC-TV. 

“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 CRA said in the letter. 

This comes after the governor faced litigation over the dining restrictions. Restaurant owners have argued that outdoor dining does not have any direct correlation to the spike in California’s coronavirus cases, Politico reports. 

Newsom originally ordered Californians in five regions – North California, Bay Area, Greater Sacramento, San Joaquin Valley and Southern California – to stay at home “as much as possible” on December 3, according to the Daily Caller

“We are at a tipping point in our fight against the virus and we need to take decisive action now to prevent California’s hospital system from being overwhelmed in the coming weeks,” Newsom said in a December statement. 

The announcement will enable salons and barbershops to resume outdoor appointments as well. 

However, county health officials could still try to impose their own restrictions, as the governor has allowed local leaders to take the reins in their own counties. 

On Sunday, California reported 21,680 new coronavirus cases and 300 deaths, according to data compiled by the New York Times. Thus, 54 of the state’s 58 counties remain in California’s most restrictive tier status. 

This announcement comes amidst an overwhelming call to oust Gov. Newsom for his egregious coronavirus response. Recall organizers say they have collected 1.2 million petition signatures, inching closer to the 1.5 million needed to place the recall on a ballot. 

And they still have until mid-March to reach the threshold. 

Newsom’s missteps have fired up republicans who signaled they are likely candidates, including former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Newsom’s 2018 rival, businessman John Cox, KUSI reports. 

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  1. Anne

    January 26, 2021 at 12:43 am

    Sign the recall petition California residents! This was never a science based lockdown, this was a political vendetta by an arrogant tyrant. He will do even worse given the chance. Think about what he did just to get rid of Trump and how many people he sacrificed for his own agenda!!

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Biden Admin Announces First COVID Shots For Kids Under 5 Likely By June 21

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On Thursday, the Biden administration announced that children under 5 will be able to get their first COVID-19 vaccination doses as soon as June 21, if regulators authorize the shots for this age group as expected.

According to the Associated Press, White House COVID-19 coordinator Ashish Jha “said the Food and Drug Administration’s outside panel of advisers will meet on June 14-15 to evaluate the Pfizer and Moderna shots for younger kids. Shipments to doctors’ offices and pediatric care facilities would begin soon after FDA authorization, with the first shots possible the following week.”

Jha added that states can begin placing orders for the pediatric vaccines on Friday and the administration will initially have 10 million doses available.

“Our expectation is that within weeks every parent who wants their child to get vaccinated will be able to get an appointment,” Jha said. “At the end of the day we all want to move fast, but we’ve got to get it right.”

The news comes the week after Pfizer announced that three doses of their vaccine offers strong protection against COVID-19 in children under 5.  However, according to former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a third dose is unnecessary because the vaccines do not prevent infection.

“I think the decision matrix has changed around the vaccine for [ages] 6 months to 4 years old and so far as we know that the vaccine isn’t as protective at preventing infection,” Gottlieb said. “Previously, we had data showing that the childhood vaccine for 6 months to 4 years wasn’t as protective against infection as the adult vaccine.”

“That’s the reason why they pushed it out and asked for that third dose. But now, if the goal of the vaccine is to get baseline immunity in the kids to prevent really bad outcomes, and you’re really not using the vaccine as a tool to prevent infection in the first place, two doses could do that,” he added.

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Kamala Harris Tests Positive For COVID-19

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On Tuesday, the White House announced that Vice President Kamala Harris has tested positive for COVID-19 and is not currently showing symptoms.

“Today, Vice President Harris tested positive for COVID-19 on rapid and PCR tests,” said Kirsten Allen, press secretary to the vice president. “She has exhibited no symptoms, will isolate and continue to work from the Vice President’s residence. She has not been a close contact to the President or First Lady due to their respective recent travel schedules. She will follow CDC guidelines and the advice of her physicians. The Vice President will return to the White House when she tests negative.”

Harris wrote on Twitter that she was going to continue to isolate and is showing no symptoms.

“Today I tested positive for COVID-19. I have no symptoms, and I will continue to isolate and follow CDC guidelines. I’m grateful to be both vaccinated and boosted,” Harris tweeted.

Harris last reportedly saw President Biden at the Easter Egg Roll on April 18 before leaving for California, which she returned from on April 25.

The vice president has been vaccinated against COVID-19 and has received two booster shots, receiving the second booster on April 1.

“Yesterday I received my second COVID-19 booster shot,” Harris tweeted on April 2. “We know that getting vaccinated is the best form of protection from this virus and boosters are critical in providing an additional level of protection. If you haven’t received your first booster—do it today.”

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