California Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled his plan on Tuesday to lift the state’s coronavirus restrictions and return the state to a “new normal.”
The plan involves a complex set of conditions that must be met in order to move forward, including the following:
- Ability to monitor and protect our communities through testing, contact tracing, isolating, and supporting those who are positive or exposed.
- Ability to prevent infection in people who are at high risk.
- Ability of hospitals and health systems to handle surges.
- Ability to develop therapeutics to meet the demand.
- Ability for businesses, schools, and child care facilities to support physical distancing.
- Ability to determine when to reinstitute certain measures, such as the stay-at-home orders, if necessary.
“There is no light switch here, it’s more like a dimmer,” the governor said as he outlined his plan for reopening the economy.
Newsom promised to lead with science, not politics, to guide this unprecedented transition.
If the state were its own nation, California would have the fifth largest economy in the world.
In the absence of federal leadership, the governor will work alongside his counterparts in Washington and Oregon to develop a “regional pact to recovery.”
Newsom has been lauded for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, his state far below previously the dire projections.
As the saying goes, “As California goes, so goes the nation.”
This time, the world is watching.