Gavin Newsom Explains What It Will Take to End Stay-at-Home

He’s in talks with Oregon and Washington officials for a coordinated reopening of the West Coast

Update 4/14/20: At a Tuesday morning press conference, Governor Gavin Newsom released additional details about what it will take to get California on the path to lifting the stay-at-home order and resuming a semblance of normal life.

Newsom, who has become a leading national figure of the pandemic response, outlined six key indicators that will factor in to the determination of when we may be out of the woods: the ability to monitor and track potential cases of the virus, prevention of infections among high-risk groups, preparation of hospitals to handle any forthcoming surges in demand, assurance that schools and businesses can apply social distancing protocols, and the codification of statewide guidelines should another stay-at-home order need to be quickly issued in the future.

While he did not provide any timeline by which those items might be considered accomplished, he did express an understanding that Californians are ready to open back up as soon as it is safe to do so.

“We recognize the consequences of the stay-at-home orders have a profound impact on the economy, your personal household budget, your personal prospects around your future,” the Los Angeles Times reported Newsom saying. “I want you to know it will not be a permanent state.”

We still have a ways to go, but a return to some degree of normal life may be on the horizon. California Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Monday that he is working on plans to lift stay-at-home orders in the state, and is collaborating on those plans with the governors of Washington and Oregon to plan out an organized, region-wide response.

“We are announcing that California, Oregon, and Washington have agreed to work together on a shared approach for reopening our economies—one that identifies clear indicators for communities to restart public life and business,” the Mercury News reported Newsom saying on Monday. “COVID-19 has preyed upon our interconnectedness. The West Coast will flip the script on COVID-19.”

More details of the preliminary plans will be released at a briefing on Tuesday. It is expected he will discuss the metrics officials will be using to evaluate when it may be safe to start moving towards opening up, but not specific dates or timelines.

Newsom, along with Governor Kate Brown of Oregon and Governor Jay Inslee of Washington, recently joined up with a coalition of other governors on the other side of the country, including leaders of Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island, to collaborate on developing shared public health and economic development guidelines as we move into the next phase of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

That executive leadership and coordination appears to have run afoul of President Trump. This morning he tweeted, “For the purpose of creating conflict and confusion, some in the Fake News Media are saying it is the Governors decision to open up the states, not that of the President of the United States & the Federal Government. Let it be fully understood that this is incorrect.”

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