Newsom’s reopening plan started just over two weeks ago with a handful of rural counties with relatively few cases allowing restaurant dining and shopping in stores. Now, most of the state has been given the go-ahead to reopen churches, malls and hair salons. And gyms will get guidance within “a week or so,” the governor said Wednesday.
It’s too fast for Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Orinda), a moderate “pro-business” Democrat. He argues the governor is caving into political pressure while ignoring dangerous “blind spots” in the state’s health data. He said the governor’s first priority should be mandating widespread testing that will provide the necessary information to attack the virus on all fronts.
“The political calculation is not what we should be doing right now,’’ Glazer said in an interview Wednesday. If the virus is to be contained for good, “this can’t be about being popular.”