California coronavirus outbreak pits residents of Golden State against one another, one side frustrated by insufficient number of people taking the virus seriously, while others irritated by state response and its impact on small businesses.
For months, this anger had been directed against Governor Gavin Newsom and other public health officials for shutting down businesses to curb the spread of the virus. Pockets of protests emerged throughout the state when the financial effects began to be felt.
The frustration temporarily subsided when companies received the green light last month to gradually reopen with restrictions in place. Many people, agitated by months of closure, flouted the rules of social distancing and refused to wear masks while attending family dinners and outdoor parties.
In early July, cases began to escalate in California, leading to Newsom’s Governor on Monday announcing that all bars in the state are to close and restaurants, wineries, tasting rooms, malls family entertainment, zoos, museums and card rooms must suspend indoor activities.
The Democratic Governor also announced that all gymnasiums, places of worship, shopping malls, personal care services, hair salons, hair salons and non-critical offices in counties on the state’s “watch list” must close under the new order.
The ordinance affects more than 30 counties that are home to about 80% of the California population.
The order sparked anger from residents, many of whom accused their fellow countrymen’s alleged negligence of creating Stop 2.0.
“This, in my opinion, really highlights the amount of rights we have as a society,” tweeted actor Coby Ryan McLaughlin. “Wear a mask, don’t go [expletive] house parties. Relax. Follow the rules for once and don’t make it this huge political issue. ”
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Others quickly pointed out the hypocrisy of the crowds “wearing a mask” for remaining silent on the issue when the demonstrators came out en masse – many without mask or social distancing – following the death of George Floyd in custody at the end of police custody. May.
“But the Democrats said we couldn’t get it during a demonstration,” wrote a user quoted by the Los Angeles Times in response to a protest video. “Just the beach or a bar or restaurant. Home Depot and Walmart are safe. ”
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The question of reopening school campuses has also become a central point of debate. This week, Los Angeles and San Diego – the two largest school districts in California – announced that they would continue online classrooms in the fall, while Orange County – run largely by policymakers Conservative policies – voted that schools will reopen without the need for masks or social distancing.
Andrew News’ Andrew O’Reilly contributed to this report.