California Gov. Gavin Newsom plans to announce more restrictions for Californians as coronavirus cases swell in the state. The governor has repeatedly promised that reopening the state comes with the ability to "toggle back" if necessary.
Today, Newsom said more announcements regarding restrictions and enforcement will come tomorrow. California is among at least 17 states that have paused or rolled back their reopening plans in response to a rise in new infections. On Sunday, the governor shut bars back down across seven counties and recommended their closure in several more.
Responding to a reporter's question about the beaches being closed in Los Angeles County for the Fourth of July weekend, the governor hinted that state beaches could be part of his announcement tomorrow.
As the holiday weekend looms, Newsom warned that family gatherings are of the greatest concern around the spread of coronavirus in the state.
Family gatherings where households mix with extended family, tend to be a place where people let their guard down, the governor said. “It’s not just bars, not just out in the streets with people protesting, and the like,” Newsom said.
Acknowledging that family gatherings are part of the holiday tradition, he insisted that directives will be more aggressive as they relate to face coverings and physical distancing.
“We bent the curve in the state of California once. We will bend the curve again. Mark my words. We will crush this pandemic. We will annihilate it. We will get past this, but we’re gonna have to be tougher,” Newsom said.