Business owners, Republican leaders ask Newsom to relax order

Rural Northern California officials on Tuesday petitioned Gov. Gavin Newsom to accept their request to begin reopening their economies, despite a continued coronavirus stay-at-home order.

During a press conference at the Capitol, Assemblyman James Gallagher, R-Yuba City, said it was time for Newsom’s administration to ease restrictions for jurisdictions that have largely escaped the worst of COVID-19.

“The impacts had on people, they’re not just economic,” Gallagher said. “Those economic impacts become social impacts. We’ve seen rises in the cases of child abuse and mental health. Isolation at home breeds many of these types of issues.”

Newsom has largely denounced pleas for soft reopenings during his daily press conferences, arguing that Californians are still at great risk of contracting COVID-19.

The governor said Tuesday that retail businesses, manufacturers and certain offices will be in the first wave of workplaces that can reopen, which Newsom said he believes is “weeks, not

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