California Governor Gavin Newsome is rolling out another economically crushing waves of lockdowns on Californians.
The governor held a press conference to announce he would be shutting down virtually all indoor activities in much of the state, and confirmed the closures on Twitter.
“During a press briefing that all bars across the state must close up shop and that restaurants, wineries, tasting rooms, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums and card rooms must suspend indoor activities,” reported Fox News on Monday.
“The governor also announced that all gyms, places of worship, malls, personal care services, barbershops, salons, and non-critical offices in counties on the state’s ‘monitoring list’ had to shut down under the new order.”
Thirty counties will be placed under this new lockdown order – 80% of the state’s population. Speaking to reporters, Newsom said that the order stems from an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
“We’re continuing to see hospitalizations rise and we continue to see an increase in the rate of positivity in the state,” he said, as reported by Deadline. “We’ve made this point on multiple occasions and that is, we’re moving back into a modification mode of our original stay-at-home order. This is a new statewide action, effective today. This continues to be a deadly disease.”
On Monday, California reported more than 320,000 total cases of COVID-19 and 7,000 total deaths in a state of 39.5 million people.
On Sunday, 23 people died from the virus. According to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University, Los Angeles leads the state with more than 133,000 cases.
Back in March, California become the first state to enforce a mandatory stay-at-home order to “flatten the curve.” Such closures however, only delayed the inevitable spread as California’s case count boomed since early June after the state reopened.
A second round of closures virtually ensures that the same will happen again as it makes it nearly impossible for the state to reach ever-important herd immunity.
On Monday, some California schools also announced they would not be re-opening for the remainder of the year. Los Angeles and San Diego said they will not be opening their schools for in-person instruction.
A major teachers union in Los Angeles is holding education hostage until the police are defunded, Medicare for all is rolled out, a wealth tax is implemented, and a federal bailout is received.
Those are all terms set by the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), a 35,000-member union in the Los Angeles Unified School District, according to a policy paper released this week and first reported by Just The News.
“It is time to take a stand against Trump’s dangerous, anti-science agenda that puts the lives of our members, our students, and our families at risk,” said UTLA President Cecily Myart-Cruz.
“Even before the spike in infections and Trump’s reckless talk, there were serious issues with starting the year on school campuses. The state and federal governments have not provided the additional resources or funds needed for increased health and safety measures and there is not enough time for the district to put together the detailed, rigorous plans for a safe return to campus,” she said.
Under the terms in the policy paper, the union wants to put children in small groups throughout the school day, mandate masks and protective equipment, and redesign school layouts to follow “social distancing” guidelines.
In other items that don’t appear to have anything to do with schools or student safety, the union called for “local support” in the form of defunded police departments and the shuttering of charter schools.
Police violence “is a leading cause of death and trauma for Black people, and is a serious public health and moral issue,” the union wrote. The policy paper calls on authorities to “shift the astronomical amount of money devoted to policing, to education and other essential needs such as housing and public health.”
The union also demands a Medicare-for-All program, new taxes on wealthy people, and a “federal bailout” of the school district.
Last week, President Donald Trump threatened to pull federal funding from schools that do not reopen in the fall.
“In Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and many other countries, SCHOOLS ARE OPEN WITH NO PROBLEMS. The Dems think it would be bad for them politically if U.S. schools open before the November Election, but is important for the children & families. May cut off funding if not open!” he tweeted.