CALPIRG urges Gov. Newsom to maintain stay-at-home orders and save lives


Aaron Colonnese

Former Content Creator, Editorial & Creative Team, The Public Interest Network

We reopened too soon last summer, and thousands of Californians paid the price. Now, we need to make sure we don’t repeat the same fatal mistakes.

On Jan. 25, Gov. Gavin Newsom canceled regional stay-at-home orders in favor of a tiered system of COVID-19 restrictions based on county-by-county transmission data. But the coronavirus — especially the new variant that has arrived in California — doesn’t respect county borders. And with Southern California ICUs full and our state’s testing capacity still lagging, it’s just too soon to take this large a step toward reopening. CALPIRG called on Gov. Newsom to reinstate stay-at-home orders, which are our best tool to save lives until vaccines are widely available.

“As we have learned over this past year, failing to control the virus also prolongs economic harm and keeps our schools closed,” said CALPIRG Executive Director Emily Rusch. “We should not risk a backslide in the recent gains we’ve made against this virus just to allow people to go out to eat at a restaurant or get a haircut again.”

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Photo: As of late January, Southern California’s ICUs were full, and COVID-19 continued to spread out of control throughout the state. Credit: Mongkolchon Akesin via Shutterstock


Aaron Colonnese

Former Content Creator, Editorial & Creative Team, The Public Interest Network

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