California cities struggling with the spread of coronavirus are being encouraged to cancel their upcoming Independence Day fireworks shows in an effort to eliminate crowds, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced today in a news conference.
The cancellation of some major fireworks shows has already been done in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Newsom also warned again of family gatherings over the Fourth of July weekend, saying that while the holiday is typically time for festive barbecues, inviting extended family from outside of your household should be reconsidered.
“I deeply respect people’s liberty, their desire to go back to the way things were,” the governor said, “but I cannot impress upon you more, our actions have an impact on other people.”
Newsom compared mask wearing to using a helmet while on a motorcycle or a seat belt in a car.