CALIFORNIA – Northern California lawmakers are reacting to Gov. Gavin Newsom's new virus rules. Newsom's new stay-at-home rules will trigger when a region’s intensive care unit capacity falls below 15%.
Newsom said none of the regions currently meet the threshold for the new rules. When they do, the state will order them to close hair salons and barber shops, limit retail stores to 20% capacity and only allow restaurants to offer take-out and delivery.
Congressman Doug LaMalfa says Gov. Newsom is basing the lockdown on opinion, not facts. LaMalfa called the lockdown a stunt, in a statement released Thursday afternoon.
LaMalfa provided ICU bed numbers in the 11 counties in his first district. He stated the majority of ICU beds are being used by patients having elective surgery. LaMalfa re-elected in November – called the move “unconstitutional edicts.”
Below are the numbers LaMalfa provided in a news release.
State Senator, Jim Nielsen, is claiming, "nowhere in the nation has it been proven this is an effective method of combatting the coronavirus."
State Senator Melissa Melendez stated, “Governor Newsom clearly doesn’t understand that Californians are tired of being locked in their homes. He has ignored the calls from parents with children falling behind socially and academically while his own children attend in-person private school."
Assemblyman James Gallagher - who recently had success in suing the California governor for abuse of power during the pandemic - said, "The only thing consistent with the Governor’s handling of COVID-19 has been his inconsistency." He added, "Government lockdowns do NOT reduce cases or stop spikes. Neither science or reality justify the Governor’s announcement today – just look at how California’s case count compares to less restrictive states."
In the new Regional Stay-at Home order, the state has been split into five regions. Click Here to read more.