Gavin Newsom Criticizes Texas Reopenings, Tells Californians To Double Down On Double Masks

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California Governor Gavin Newsom responded to Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s announcement that he is finally relinquishing the state’s emergency powers by calling it a “reckless” plan.

 

Newsom faces a recall that is becoming more viable by the hour in the wake of his French Laundry scandal, excessive COVID closures, massive unemployment benefits fraud and most of the state’s students still not back to classroom instruction. At the publication of this article the recall effort has the required amount of signatures and has six days to reach their projected “safety zone” of 2 million signatures. The count currently stands at 1.92 million.

Despite the mounting opposition in his own state, Newsom said in a press conference on Thursday that he would not be relinquishing emergency powers or removing mask mandates anytime soon. In fact, the beleaguered governor recommended Californians begin wearing two masks instead of just one.

He accused states beginning the process of releasing emergency powers of operating on “bad information” and claimed he would not let California go down the same dangerous path.

NBC News reports:

“We are encouraging people basically to double down on mask wearing, particularly in light of all what I would argue is bad information coming from at least four states in this country. We will not be walking down their path, we’re mindful of your health and our future.”

“We will not be walking down their path. We’re mindful of your health and our future.

“I’ll just note, without belaboring the point, that positivity rates in those states (are) substantially higher than even here in the state of California, and yet we still feel very, very strongly as we begin to loosen things up and reopen our economy that mask-wearing (becomes) now more essential as we transition to herd immunity and broad access to vaccines.”

Governor Newsom is doubling down on doubling masks, even as the vaccine becomes available across the nation.