Gavin Newsom Extends his Emergency Orders

By: Janice Diaz

It’s good that Governor Gavin Newsom extended the emergency order. He’s not wrong. 

Newsom extended the emergency order from November 10 until March 2022. The reason behind this is that COVID-19 is still affecting people every day, and it doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon. 

This appears to be a very conflicting decision as a few people think California should be fully open already.

People continue getting COVID-19 every day, and many die or have someone they know die. It’s not safe to reopen California and risk an increase of more cases. 

Currently, there are over 70,000 cases in the state and Governor Newsom has mentioned the numbers can skyrocket at any time.

Many complain that being in a state of emergency gives Newsom complete control over state laws and funding. Still, it doesn’t make much difference considering the state legislature is already run by the Democratic party. 

Most people complaining are the same people who refuse to get vaccinated and don’t wear their masks. 

It’s a bit ironic that they want the state to reopen, yet they’re some of the most significant contributors to keeping it in a state of emergency. 

It takes a group effort to get through this pandemic, and there are so many people being uncooperative. By not wearing masks and not getting the vaccine, these people are putting themselves and others at risk as well. 

It’s not fair that the people who are going against these mandates complain the most. How do they expect things to get better if they’re the ones stopping the progress? 

It’s essential to spread awareness about doing what’s best and following the mandates in place. 

Some places have required masks since March 2020, but now many are requiring vaccinations. People should follow these rules. By doing so, things will slowly return to as close to normalcy as possible. 

The truth is, we don’t know when or if COVID-19 will ever cease to exist because of the enormous impact it had all around the world. This is why, for now, the best that can be done is to follow state mandates. 

The state has been in an emergency order for over a year now, so it doesn’t hurt anyone for it to continue a bit longer. California is one of the most populated states in the United States; therefore, we’re always at risk of suffering from a rise of COVID-19 cases. 

Newsom’s spokesperson, Erin Mellon, said last week: 

“The state of emergency ensures the state can continue to respond quickly to evolving conditions as the pandemic persists. As we have seen, this virus and its variants are unpredictable. The state of emergency will be ended once conditions no longer warrant an emergency response.”

I’ve always encouraged the people I surround myself with to be as safe as possible. It’s important to remind loved ones and the people we associate ourselves with that they need to be safe for us to be safe. 

Those that complain about the laws Newsom has set in place should be reminded what they are for. 

If people complain about reopening the state, they should ask if they even follow the state mandates that would contribute to getting rid of the emergency order set in place.

If they complain about the state mandates, it’s probably best to remind them that this is to help lower the chances of more COVID-19 cases.

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