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California Governor Gavin Newsom speaks in a media conference during a visiting of a BusTest Express mobile COVID-19 testing site in Paramount, CA, Jan. 12, 2022. (Photo: Ringo Chiu/Shutterstock)

Governor Newsom Rolls Back Majority of COVID-19 Executive Order Provisions

30 executive actions remain in place as well as the COVID-19 state of emergency

By Evan Symon, February 26, 2022 2:19 am

Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Friday that he would be removing most of the remaining COVID-19 Executive Order provisions, while keeping 30 executive actions in place as well as the COVID-19 state of emergency.

Before Friday, a total of 15% of COVID-19 executive actions were still in place since being instituted in the two years prior since the COVID-19 pandemic began. By June 30th, only 5% will be left. The new orders, effective immediately, removed 19 executive actions on Friday, with 18 to be left to expire on March 31st and another 15 to go on June 30th.

The startup of the SMARTER COVID-19 plan, plummeting COVID-19 rates statewide, and increased public backlash against existing COVID-19 health measures prompted Newsom to greatly rollback on his Executive Order and executive actions on Friday. In a speech he noted that many prior pandemic provisions could now be easily served through a much less stringent endemic plan while also noting the need for continued vaccinations and testing.

“California’s early and decisive measures to combat COVID-19 have saved countless lives throughout the pandemic, and as the recent Omicron surge made clear, we must remain prepared to quickly and effectively respond to changing conditions in real time,” said Newsom in a statement. “As we move the state’s recovery forward, we’ll continue to focus on scaling back provisions while maintaining essential testing, vaccination and health care system supports that ensure California has the needed tools and flexibility to strategically adapt our response for what lies ahead.”

Despite the large number of planned rollbacks, Newsom will keep 30 Executive actions in place for now, as well as keeping the COVID-19 state of emergency in place despite numerous calls for it to be removed. Specifically, the executive actions being kept are aimed at healthcare, such as keeping up COVID-19 testing and vaccination programs well into 2022.

4 of the remaining provisions are aimed at supporting the states COVID-19 testing program, with 2 orders that allow for continued vaccine distribution. Hospital protections, such as for capacity limits, during COVID-19 surges, and for vulnerable populations, have 11 protections left in. Finally, 13 of the remaining provisions state and local agency emergency responses while the state of emergency is still in effect. Some of the provisions kept in place, such as the two vaccine and booster actions, have been left specifically to help the SMARTER plan to distribute up to 200,000 vaccines and boosters per day.

Rollback on Governor Newsom’s EO provisions

While commentators noted that most Californians were happy with the rollbacks on Friday, many continued to be split between how much Executive Order power Newsom should still have. Many medical professionals gave support for keeping some provisions in place due to the threat of another deadly COVID-19 surge in the near future.

“California’s health care delivery system remains deeply strained because of the pandemic,” explained Carmela Coyle, President and CEO of the California Hospital Association, in a statement on Friday. “Hospital capacity is still stretched beyond normal as people who delayed needed care are now being seen and 20 percent of health care workers have left the field. Today’s extension of a certain key, temporary flexibilities means that hospitals can continue to use things like tents to receive and triage patients and retain out-of-state health care personnel to maximize care capacity throughout the state.”

However, others, such as business owners, pushed for Newsom to relinquish all outstanding orders, as well as end the state of emergency due to the economic harm they have caused and is now being compounded by economic effects from the Russian-Ukrainian War.

“We want them all gone,” said John Wright, a leader of an area business group in Modesto, to the Globe on Friday. “It will be two years come in a few weeks and we do not want to continue being squeezed like this. It may not seem like they do because they are all based around health and emergency things, but keeping up vaccination restrictions as a result of these staying in place, having to keep up with testing and all that. It’s still very restrictive for us and still limits the customer base. And that’s not even getting into what the state of emergency is doing.

“And also, for many of us, we simply want the Governor to go back power-wise to where he was pre-pandemic. We have separation of powers and power restrictions for a reason.”

As of Friday. there is no end date for the remaining Executive Order provisions and the COVID-19 state of emergency.

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10 thoughts on “Governor Newsom Rolls Back Majority of COVID-19 Executive Order Provisions

  1. “20 percent of health care workers have left the field”-
    (laid off during the first half of pandemic due to over staffing,
    fired for not getting the ‘jab’ during the second half of the pandemic).
    If we are going to live our lives in this hypothetical ‘future’ ,where Gavin Newsom ‘must’ keep Emergency powers
    just in case there might be more Covid later, I purpose that we go ahead and fast forward to when he is OUT of office and GO ON WITH OUR LIVES.

  2. His refusal to give up the “state of emergency” is a mistake. It implies that he does not want to give up those powers. That could become a liability for him during his re-election campaign.
    Though I still think he will win re-election.

  3. Not that we care what he rolls back, but claiming to ‘Rollback 95%’… yet keeping Executive Powers, Testing, Mandates? lol Tell me again how that is useful to anybody. His roll as a WEF Young Global Leader is to usher in
    Digital ID, digital vax passport, restrict travel, move you into rabbit hutch housing (who said that?..credit to you!),
    and eliminate you with a keystroke. He played his role well, we can see what would have been if we hadn’t woken up.. Sorry Gavin… I rebuke you, I bind you, I cast you out, in the name of Jesus Christ.

  4. ‘Dem Governors Mocked for Fleeing to Free State of Florida for Annual Meeting’ – Gateway Pundit Feb 26, 2022
    Democratic Governors Assn annual meeting in FLORIDA

  5. Quit lying to the American people who happen to live in California (that’s right I said it)
    Time for this turtle [Governor Newsom] to call on his Mr. Wizard so he can go home. I have seen this failed great big experiment from the “Basket Weaving 101 college of knuckle heads” that have been nothing but a burden upon the masses. If they had treated this like any other flu bug (Spanish Flu), and done the Herd mentality route. We would have had a lot of people with natural immunity. And not those suffering the side effects from the so called vaccines. Thus those of us who now have natural immunity, can give the antibodies we have in our bodies and save many more people.
    Justice is coming for the whole lot of them.

  6. I for one would love to slap that mask off his face to expose his sh*t eating grin then proceed to slap that off as well!

  7. Funny San Diego County .gov “face coverings” page has a special notice singling out businesses that jokingly put up “no masks allowed” signs: “No person can be prevented from wearing a face covering as a condition of participation in an activity or entry into a business.”
    Yet, “un-vaxxed” are less than second-class citizens

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