The San Diego County Board of Supervisors is set to ask Gov. Gavin Newsom to allow them to reopen facilities that were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

County Supervisor on Tuesday voted 4-1 to request the California Governor to the reopening gymnasiums, hotels, and cultural venues, said a CBS8 report.

The vote came after supervisors heard an update from several officials, including County Public Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten, on efforts to contain the pandemic.

Supervisor Jim Desmond credited county health staff for their diligent work in helping to mitigate the spread of COVID- 19, but said it was time “to empower people to get back to work.”

“We now have added tensions in our nation, along with the virus,” said Desmond, referring to protests erupting nationwide over the in-custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

“The quicker we return to work, the better.”

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher cast the dissenting vote.

In a statement, he said that while he agrees with the need to continue with the safe reopening, and that some additional entities are ready to open at this time, he “could not support the calls by my colleagues to reopen higher-risk entities like churches at full capacity immediately.”

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