California county prepares to sue Newsom over COVID-19 policies

by Peter Heck · Nov 20th, 2020 10:31 am

Last Updated Nov 20th, 2020 at 11:58 pm

Just two days before the governor issued a state-wide curfew, the California county of San Bernardino announced its intent to sue Gov. Gavin Newsom for his arbitrary re-opening policies.

Specifically, county supervisors have objected to Newsom's "one-size-fits all" approach, claiming that it lacks any scientific basis, and that areas with lower virus rates should be allowed greater flexibility.

"The temperatures are dropping, there is snow on the ground in some places, yet according to the governor's orders, people are expected to eat outside," Supervisor Janice Rutherford said. "That's the frustration that we're looking to our legal team and say, ‘Is there a way we can put some power behind those views and go to court and have those conversations?'"

The county believes that Newsom's orders are having disastrous effects on businesses and residents living in its jurisdiction. The supervisors argue that personal responsibility, not mandates and lockdowns, is what will bring the virus under control.

With the lawsuit still in the planning phase, there will not be a decision in the potential case for several months.


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