SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — A day after announcing new mandatory closures in 19 California counties where the coronavirus is spreading rapidly, Gov. Gavin Newsom addressed the complex issue of enforcing new rules.
The state is launching a massive PSA campaign in an attempt to convince Californians to wear masks. If they don’t, Newsom said counties should feel empowered to swap the carrot for the stick.
“If 40 million people want to turn their back on civil society and abuse the rules, laws and regulations on a consistent basis, then society begins to erode,” he said. “If you’re not seeing behavioral changes then we think citations are appropriate where there’s abuse.”
He added there’s a financial incentive for counties to enforce health orders: The new budget has $2.5 billion in local funding contingent on enforcing orders that county health officers have issued.
Continue Reading on ABC7 News