Gavin Newsom, meet Gavin Newsom
by Jon Fleetwood | December 11, 2020
California Governor Gavin Newsom contradicts his own orders.
“Current projections show that without additional intervention to slow the spread of COVID- 19, the number of available adult Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds in the State of California will be at capacity in mid-December,” reads the recent order from the California Department of Public Health.
“Because the rate of increases in new cases continues to escalate and threatens to overwhelm the state’s hospital system, further aggressive action is necessary to respond to the quickly evolving situation.”
The order called for more “immediate” and “aggressive” non-pharmaceutical interventions.
These interventions specifically include staying at home:
“All individuals living in the Region shall stay home or at their place of residence except as necessary to conduct activities associated with the operation, maintenance, or usage of critical infrastructure, as required by law, or as specifically permitted in this order.”
However, the state-issued guidelines allow for Californians to participate in “outdoor recreation facilities” in order to “promote and protect the physical and mental well-being of people in California.”
“Go to the beach,” recommended Gov. Newsom in a tweet.
The state order went into effect on Dec. 5, months after Gov. Newsom himself threatened to close state and local beaches in Orange County in response to images showing large crowds occupying the SoCal coastline.
At the time, Newsom called these images showing masses of beachgoers “disturbing.”
“Orange County has been on our list of health concern and they’ve done a wonderful job down there, I just think we can tighten that up a little bit. So we’re going to have a temporary pause down there,” Newsom said in a press conference.
“Those images are an example of what not to see, what not to do if we’re going to make the meaningful progress we’ve made the past couple of weeks.”
Newsom went on to observe that the novel coronavirus “doesn’t take the weekend off.”
“It doesn’t take any time off. It is ubiquitous. It is invisible. It remains deadly. Ask the 45 families who lost a loved one in the last 48 hours. Please, please continue physical distancing.”
The governor even warned “increased enforcement, if necessary,” following through on that warning in late April when he officially shut down Orange County’s coastline.
On Tuesday of this week, Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub told Fox News that Newsom’s beach shutdown flip-flop is an example of the Gov.’s “consistent inconsistency.”
“The requirements have changed over and over again. Businesses and community members have made great strides to adjust and adapt. And as they do so [the requirements] change again,” lamented Sheriff Ayub.
“There’s a building and growing sense of frustration in the community.”
Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes echoes the Ventura County Sheriff’s statements. “Rules can’t change week by week,” Barnes said to Fox.
In the same tweet he recommended Californian’s now go to the beach, Newson cited mental and physical health as reasons for getting outdoors.
The Gov.’s focus on the pandemic’s mental health implications came the same day California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris warned about the population’s worsening mental health in response to the virus.