California Counties Set to Reopen in Defiance of Lockdown


Two California counties are set to reopen in defiance of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s strict stay at home mandate as protests build against the order in other areas.

Sutter and Yuba counties prepared Friday to defy Newsom’s continued lockdown, preparing a health order that will allow businesses deemed non-essential to reopen soon.

Yuba-Sutter Health Officer Phuong Luu issued the order (pdf), which lets restaurants, libraries, retailers, malls, gyms, salons, massage parlors, and tattoo shops reopen May 4 under limitations for social distancing.

The counties are moving “towards a phased opening of our economy,” Luu wrote.

The order came as thousands gathered in different parts of the state to protest Newsom’s refusal to ease restrictions despite a steady decline in the number of new COVID-19 cases.

Newsom, a Democrat, has required Californians to largely stay at home since March. He is one of just nine governors who haven’t begun reopening or said when they will ease restrictions, according to an Epoch Times tally.

Thousands of people protested Friday in Huntington Beach, where some beaches were open before Newsom ordered them closed on April 30.

“The suspended rights, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, religion and it seems that the government reach was extending indefinitely in the suspension of people’s right,” Vivienne Reiten, who helped organize the protest, told a local broadcaster.

“We cannot survive two, three months on his timeline with this amount of businesses shut down and quite frankly the data at this point doesn’t support it.”

Modoc County, with about 9,000 residents, let nearly every business reopen on Friday, including bars and restaurants.

Sutter and Yuba counties have a combined population of around 173,000.

A separate order issued by Luu said all residents must wear face coverings or masks when in public places where social distancing of six feet or more cannot be achieved between persons from separate households.

State Sen. Jim Nielsen, a Republican who represents the counties, said that businesses are on the brink of permanent closure.

“Some workers only have $20 to their name,” he said in a statement, adding he supports the reopening because of low CCP virus infection rates in the region.

Other counties have also taken steps to start reopening soon.

Amador County Health Officer Dr. Rita Kerr issued a modified stay at home order on April 30, allowing residents to play tennis, basketball, and volleyball.

Tulare County is starting to issue marriage licenses in person starting May 4, while Newsom is encouraging people to obtain such licenses online. County officials said recently they’re working on a wider reopening plan.

Kern County officials are mulling asking Newsom for permission to reopen before a statewide reopening. And Riverside County Board members will offer a proposal on Tuesday to consider whether to rescind four public health orders put in place during the pandemic, though officials are saying they’d still be in line with Newsom’s order.

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5 Responses to California Counties Set to Reopen in Defiance of Lockdown

  1. Bruce Boyer, candidate for Ventura County Sheriff! May 7, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    As to Ventura County: We will again be out on the streets at the County Govt Center Friday at noon and Saturday at 2PM. Shoot-back will have signs and T shirts bring your flags! On Sunday at Noon bring your lawn chair flag and cowboy hat ( i’ll bring an extra 2,000 cowboy hats) as we step onto Hollywood Beach at Noon deploy our flags and lawn chairs and take back our beaches! I was there last Sunday for FOUR hrs in my lawn chair flag and hat. Mustache Bill’s boys attempted to engage with me twice and were routed in shame. They know they have no legal basis to cite or arrest so this cowboy silently ignored them until they left. They then stayed far away…. IF any LEO pulls out the citation book; DO NOT take the bait signing a “promise to appear”! Assert your right to be “taken before a magistrate w/out un-necessary delay” That means before a judge, NOW! Not tomorrow not next month or maybe… The CA AG opinion is eight pages describing how now means ‘now”. They do NOT want to put you up on charges as they know there is NO legal authority for their ‘rules’. A “promise to appear” will result in a warrant when you ‘fail to appear” and if you do appear, then they will continue your case time and again to wear you out or get a ‘failure to appear”. That is the game. DO NOT PLAY IT! Stand up for your liberty. Join me on Hollywood Beach at Noon Sunday May 10th!

  2. Jennifer Shaw May 7, 2020 at 4:53 am

    Gavin Nuisance is scum and should be sent to gitmo

  3. Fred Samosa May 7, 2020 at 4:51 am


  4. Mike Murphy May 3, 2020 at 10:46 am

    To Kern and all the other counties wanting to reopen: Don’t ask, just DO IT. Newsom has proved his lack of intelligence and that he’s nothing more than a power hungry would be dictator.

    • William Hicks May 7, 2020 at 2:17 am


      If there’s going to be a new revolution, it will happen due to these strong arm tyrannical tactic’s.


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