California Gov. Gavin Newsom is starting to ease lockdown restrictions on residents this week, removing stay-at-home orders and allowing outdoor businesses, houses of worship, and certain indoor businesses to reopen with modifications.
Under the new rules, areas with the most severe restrictions would be relabeled in the "purple" tier of California's ranking system.
Randy Economy, a senior adviser with Recall Gavin 2020, argued that the move was associated with increased momentum in the movement to remove Newsom from office.
"He's fighting for his political life right now," he said. "If it wasn't for the campaign, he wouldn't have acted this way. He would have kept everything locked down."
The petition to recall the governor already has more than 70% of the required signatures.
"It's absolutely gaining traction. We're getting petitions from not only Republicans but from Democrats and independents," said John Cox, the Republican that ran against Newsom in 2018. "This has just gone on too long – the mismanagement that has accompanied this pandemic."