Friday, 04 December 2020 17:54

California Heading Toward Third Round of Lockdowns

Written by Ted O’Neil, The Center Square


...which was around 3% in early November, is now at 7%.


Since the pandemic began in mid-March, California has reported 1,265,918 confirmed cases, including 18,726 on Dec. 2, and 19,451 fatalities, including 116 on Dec. 2.


Also on Dec. 3, the Supreme Court sided with a California church that had challenged Newsom’s restriction on indoor worship services.


Justices ordered a federal appeals court, which upheld Newsom’s order, to revisit the issue. The decision comes after the court voted 5-4 on a similar case in New York, saying Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s order limiting church and synagogue attendance was unconstitutional.


Ahead of Newsom’s announcement, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Dec. 2 issued a “Targeted Safer at Home Order."


“My message couldn’t be simpler,” Garcetti said at a news conference. “It’s time to hunker down. It’s time to cancel everything. And if it isn’t essential, don’t do it.”


Critics were quick to point out the long list of exemptions, including the homeless, journalism activities for newspapers, radio, television, magazines and podcasts, as well as music, film and television production.


Several conservatives on Twitter noted that podcasts can be done from home and questioned why they were deemed essential.


Other exceptions include buying food and obtaining medical care, and businesses that are able to operate outdoors, such as fitness centers, can continue to do so. Beaches, parks and golf courses remain open.


Violating the order is a misdemeanor, subject to fines and jail time.


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