California Lockdown End Date One Step Closer As Gavin Newsom to Lift Stay-at-Home Orders in Some Areas

California Governor Gavin Newsom will reveal potential steps toward lifting the state's lockdown in a press conference at noon on April 14.

In a statement on Monday, Governor Newsom said that he would explain the "incremental release of the stay-at-home orders," adding that California would use "science to guide our decision making, not political pressure."

According to Johns Hopkins University, California has more than 24,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and more than 700 deaths.

California issued a stay-at-home order on March 19, closing all non-essential businesses, such as dine-in restaurants, bars and nightclubs, and asking residents to remain inside apart from accessing essential items or services.

The order is enforceable by law, with anyone found not following the guidelines risking a fine of up to $1,000, up to six months in prison, or both.

But now Governor Newsom could start to incrementally lift the statewide stay-at-home order, at least in some areas of California.

Speaking with Time, Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, a professor of medicine and public health at the University of California, suggested that Newsom could start lifting the lockdown by easing restrictions in rural places and re-opening public spaces, before lifting stay-at-home orders and eventually reopening restaurants that aren't crowded.

Dr. Sara Cody said at a Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors that lockdown orders could only be eased once hospitals have enough capacity and can protect their staff, the state has increased its testing ability, the state is able to trace and isolate new cases of the coronavirus, and there is a sustained reduction in the number of new cases.

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California Governor Gavin Newsom (C), flanked by Director Mark Ghilarducci, Cal OES, (L) and Admiral John Gumbleton, United States Navy, speaks in front of the hospital ship USNS Mercy after it arrived into the Port of Los Angeles on March 27, 2020. Carolyn Cole/Getty

Governor Newsom has also teamed up with Governor of Oregon Kate Brown and Governor of Washington Jay Inslee to work together on re-opening their states' economies.

In a joint statement, the governors said: "COVID-19 has preyed upon our interconnectedness. In the coming weeks, the West Coast will flip the script on COVID-19—with our states acting in close coordination and collaboration to ensure the virus can never spread wildly in our communities.

"We are announcing that California, Oregon, and Washington have agreed to work together on a shared approach for reopening our economies—one that identifies clear indicators for communities to restart public life and business."

However, President Donald Trump has said that only he has the power to lift lockdown orders, which perhaps prompted Newsom to clarify that his decision would not be based on "political pressure."

On Monday, Trump tweeted: "For the purpose of creating conflict and confusion, some in the Fake News Media are saying that it is the Governors decision to open up the states, not that of the President of the United States and the Federal Government. Let it be fully understood that this is incorrect...

"...It is the decision of the President, and for many good reasons. With that being said, the Administration and I are working closely with the Governors, and this will continue. A decision by me, in conjunction with the Governors and input from others, will be made shortly!"

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advice on Using Face Coverings to Slow Spread of COVID-19

  • CDC recommends wearing a cloth face covering in public where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • A simple cloth face covering can help slow the spread of the virus by those infected and by those who do not exhibit symptoms.
  • Cloth face coverings can be fashioned from household items. Guides are offered by the CDC.
  • Cloth face coverings should be washed regularly. A washing machine will suffice.
  • Practice safe removal of face coverings by not touching eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash hands immediately after removing the covering.

World Health Organization advice for avoiding spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Hygiene advice

  • Clean hands frequently with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Wash hands after coughing or sneezing; when caring for the sick; before, during and after food preparation; before eating; after using the toilet; when hands are visibly dirty; and after handling animals or waste.
  • Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your hands, nose and mouth. Do not spit in public.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing. Discard the tissue immediately and clean your hands.

Medical advice

  • Avoid close contact with others if you have any symptoms.
  • Stay at home if you feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and runny nose, to avoid potential spread of the disease to medical facilities and other people.
  • If you develop serious symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) seek medical care early and contact local health authorities in advance.
  • Note any recent contact with others and travel details to provide to authorities who can trace and prevent spread of the disease.
  • Stay up to date on COVID-19 developments issued by health authorities and follow their guidance.

Mask and glove usage

  • Healthy individuals only need to wear a mask if taking care of a sick person.
  • Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
  • Masks are effective when used in combination with frequent hand cleaning.
  • Do not touch the mask while wearing it. Clean hands if you touch the mask.
  • Learn how to properly put on, remove and dispose of masks. Clean hands after disposing of the mask.
  • Do not reuse single-use masks.
  • Regularly washing bare hands is more effective against catching COVID-19 than wearing rubber gloves.
  • The COVID-19 virus can still be picked up on rubber gloves and transmitted by touching your face.