Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom will reportedly revoke the state’s stay-at-home order and outdoor dining ban, which have both been in effect since December, KABC-TV reported.
The California Restaurant Association (CRA) said sources told them Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to lift the orders in the coming days, according to ABC affiliate KABC-TV. The CRA sent a letter to its members Sunday night with the report.
“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.
Newsom ordered Californians in five regions – Northern California, Bay Area, Greater Sacramento, San Joaquin Valley and Southern California – to stay at home “as much as possible” on Dec. 3.
“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.
But, Newsom’s announcement lifting the previous order could come as soon as Monday, according to the CRA letter. In addition to green lighting outdoor dining, the announcement is expected to enable salons and barbershops to resume outdoor appointments, according to Politico, which confirmed the CRA report with two Newsom administration officials.
While the announcement will be welcome news for business owners in California, local health officials will still be able to impose strict restrictions of their own, Politico reported.
On Sunday, California reported 21,680 new coronavirus cases and 300 coronavirus-related deaths, according to data compiled by The New York Times. Fifty-four of the state’s 58 counties remain in California’s most restrictive tier status, according to Politico.
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