In a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom, both San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Board of Supervisors Chairman Greg Cox said the plans to reopen California are “not realistic.”
“(We are) urging the Governor to give consistent and achievable metrics for a safe reopen. Some state requirements aren’t realistic and would keep folks unemployed for many months if left in place,” said Faulconer and Cox in the letter.
Adding that, “This isn’t about returning to normal. It’s about letting us get started with the new normal.”
San Diego County was earlier praised by Newsom for the orderly reopening of its beaches.
“Some of the state’s `Stage 2 Readiness Criteria’ released on May 7, such as the restriction that a county has `No COVID-19 death in the past 14 days,’ are not realistic standards that can be met any time soon in large counties across the state,” they wrote.
San Diego County’s total number of COVID-19 cases topped 5,000 Monday, though the number of deaths remained unchanged at 175 for the second straight day, said a CBS8 report.
“San Diego County has worked very hard, particularly over the last several weeks, to develop safe plans for reopening,” Faulconer said.
“This is not a plan for businesses to return to normal. It’s a plan for how businesses need to operate in the new normal, with physical distancing, sanitation, and limited occupancy,” urged the Mayor.