How is the governor targeting some industries for closure and not others which also serve the public?
California Gov. Gavin Newsom held a Sunday afternoon press conference and issued new directions to the state’s residents due to coronavirus: Newsom has called for the closure of all bars, brew pubs, and wineries, and directed those 65 and older to stay home and self-isolate.
The state is prohibiting visitors to nursing homes.
In order to even remain open, the governor ordered all restaurants to allow for 6-foot “social distancing” and only fill to half capacity.
However, there are no such directives with grocery stores and markets, big box stores, pharmacies, hardware stores, fast food restaurants, and the like – all of which are opened and serving customers, which begs the question, how is the governor targeting some industries and not others which also serve the public?
Newsom also said the state will launch an effort to get the homeless into shelter in trailers and motels. “We’re working in real time to secure hotels, motels, and trailers to house our homeless safely and protect our communities and the spread of #COVIDー19,” the Governor Tweeted.
Gov. Newsom said he knows that these appear to be harsh measures and that isolation is hard, especially when 85 percent of California’s school children won’t be in school on Monday.
A reporter asked Gov. Newsom how long this directive will be in effect, and he did not address the issue.
Others have questioned the obvious violation of the First Amendment right to assemble.
Adding some perspective to the hysteria, Assemblyman Kevin Kiley posted on Twitter:
“If @GavinNewsomhas not used his Emergency Powers to suspend #AB5 by this Thursday, I’m bringing #AB2075 (Grace Period) to a vote on the Assembly Floor. If ever there was a moment for a little decency, to break free of special interests and serve the public good, this is it.”
Other Tweeters were solely focused on the Newsom’s “Martial Law:”
“Democrat Governor declares martial law, cracks down on old people,” Gay Patriot Tweeted.
“Well, old people should be imprisoned,” Kurt Schlicter responded.
This week Gov. Newsom ordered all “gatherings must be limited to no more than 250 people” – except strangely, Disneyland, Magic Mountain, Universal Studios Hollywood, and other large theme parks, and gambling casinos. The next day Disneyland announced it would voluntarily close until the end of the month.
School districts all across the state have closed, and many employees are working from home.
And still, there are more than 18,000 total deaths this year from the seasonal flu, and 41 in the U.S. from coronavirus, according to the Center for Disease Control. During a typical flu season, up to 500,000 people worldwide will die from an influenza illness, according to WHO.
No governor or President ordered the closure of businesses during the outbreaks of SARS, MERS, or Hantavirus, each of which is also considered deadly.
There are no estimates yet on what these business closures will do to the state’s economy. Many are questioning how Gov. Newsom has the authority to order businesses to close.
California Globe will report updates as they are available.
UPDATE: Per the Johns Hopkins University website, as of Sunday night, there are 3,499 confirmed cases in the U.S. and 70 fatalities, for a death rate of 2%. The total world-wide infections are 167,811 confirmed cases with 6,471 fatalities, for a death rate 3.8% but with 76,856 reported recoveries. The first death in the U.S. was on February 29, in a Kirkland, WA, hospital.
This is from the Johns Hopkins dashboard: https://gisanddata.