Newsom Caught in Covid Controversy

California shutdown is causing controversy following Gov. Newsom’s COVID guideline scandal

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Governor Gavin Newsom speaking with attendees at the 2019 California Democratic Party State Convention at the George R. Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California. Posted on Wikimedia Commons by user Gage.

Jaylen Minnich Hall, News Editor

CaliforOn Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsom said he was pulling an “emergency brake” on reopening the state as 42 California counties were put back into the “purple tier.” This tier is the most restrictive of the coronavirus mitigation restrictions. These include halting indoor worship, forcing most indoor businesses to close or operate at a fraction of their capacity and keeping most schools closed.

His latest action on Tuesday put 41 of the 58 counties in the strictest of the four-tier system, which is based on virus cases and infection rates. Newsom also mentioned the strengthening of mask requirements and consideration of a statewide curfew.

These new restrictions are receiving heavy backlash from California residents, especially amidst Newsom’s own scandal for failing to follow his own rules. The Governor attended a friend’s birthday party at French Laundry, a french restaurant north of San Francisco, with multiple other households present.

Since then, he’s apologized for his actions and admitted that he undermined his own message. “The spirit of what I’m preaching all the time was contradicted,” he added. “I need to preach and practice, not just preach.”

But this apology may not have been enough to earn forgiveness. Many Californians have grown tired of the Governor’s mixed messages and sporadic guidelines.

Numerous people are actively sharing their anger and even protesting against what they consider to be poor leadership and hypocrisy.

Jennifer Hall, 43, collections specialist, has lost faith in California’s Governor. “It just seems like he doesn’t know what he’s doing,” she said. “The on and off restrictions are just confusing rather than actually helping anyone.”

On the other hand her husband, Cecil Hall, 51, yard shifter believes that the Governor is doing the best he can. “I think he’s acting on what’s handed to him. We’re all being fed different information everyday, I’m sure he is too,” he said. “Given the circumstances I can be a little more forgiving.”

The more forgiving side, like Cecil, have also spoken on their support of the governor’s actions.

With so many varying opinions about the state’s Governor, it seems that California is dealing with more than just the coronavirus crisis. As cases surge and new restrictions are imposed, it’s clear that more and more divisions will happen. What’s unclear is what these divisions will lead to.