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Sen. Glazer calls for a second lockdown for most of California

Local reopening variances would be excluded under local legislator's proposal

Tri-Valley State Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Orinda) is leaning on Gov. Gavin Newsom to enact another shelter-in-place policy for most parts of California until the COVID-19 virus is under control, including a mandatory two-week quarantine for certain individuals.

During a virtual press conference last week, Glazer unveiled his proposal for a set of new restrictions that he said are necessary to keep the virus from spreading out of control, and also "to support vulnerable people while setting transparent metrics for reopening the economy."

“With this crisis on the verge of spiraling out of control, the only question we should be asking is, what will it take to lower infection rates?” Glazer said. “At this point, we have no choice but to take tough measures, while we simultaneously act to help those in need. Our lives and our livelihood depend on us to move forward as Californians unified against this deadly virus.”

Following Newsom's announcement that the state's rising caseload demands limited interaction to contain the spread, Glazer said time is of the essence and that the state's current policies are hurting its own attempts to protect public health and invigorate the economy.

“We can’t wait another four to six weeks to see if the measures now in place will do the job,” Glazer said. “If they don’t, the virus will be completely out of control. We need to act now to ensure that doesn’t happen.”

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“More people are getting sick, more people are dying, and people won’t shop or invest until it’s safe to do so,” he added. “We need to control the virus in order to restart the economy.”

Glazer suggested measures that include renewing shelter-in-place orders for counties with positive test rates of greater than 2% over a 14-day period, and requiring residents to stay home except for essential work, essential shopping, or to seek medical care.

During that time, grocery stores over a certain size would need to provide curbside pick-up of orders placed online, and meal delivery programs for seniors and other vulnerable residents would be expanded. Unemployment or direct assistance would also be increased for affected workers.

Counties under shelter-in-place orders could not reopen using a process that grants local variances to the statewide order, and a 14-day quarantine period would apply for anyone entering the state from another state or country with a positive test rate of greater than 2%, including California residents. The rule would also apply to anyone entering the state from anywhere that does not report its positive test rate on a daily basis.

A county that falls below the 2% threshold would be required to continue sheltering "if it is adjacent to or in the same Metropolitan Area as a county with a rate greater than 2 percent." Restrictions would be lifted in phases "when thresholds are met on positive test rates; and when sufficient testing and sufficient contact tracing standards are met."

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Sen. Glazer calls for a second lockdown for most of California

Local reopening variances would be excluded under local legislator's proposal

by / Danville San Ramon

Uploaded: Tue, Jul 28, 2020, 9:12 am

Tri-Valley State Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Orinda) is leaning on Gov. Gavin Newsom to enact another shelter-in-place policy for most parts of California until the COVID-19 virus is under control, including a mandatory two-week quarantine for certain individuals.

During a virtual press conference last week, Glazer unveiled his proposal for a set of new restrictions that he said are necessary to keep the virus from spreading out of control, and also "to support vulnerable people while setting transparent metrics for reopening the economy."

“With this crisis on the verge of spiraling out of control, the only question we should be asking is, what will it take to lower infection rates?” Glazer said. “At this point, we have no choice but to take tough measures, while we simultaneously act to help those in need. Our lives and our livelihood depend on us to move forward as Californians unified against this deadly virus.”

Following Newsom's announcement that the state's rising caseload demands limited interaction to contain the spread, Glazer said time is of the essence and that the state's current policies are hurting its own attempts to protect public health and invigorate the economy.

“We can’t wait another four to six weeks to see if the measures now in place will do the job,” Glazer said. “If they don’t, the virus will be completely out of control. We need to act now to ensure that doesn’t happen.”

“More people are getting sick, more people are dying, and people won’t shop or invest until it’s safe to do so,” he added. “We need to control the virus in order to restart the economy.”

Glazer suggested measures that include renewing shelter-in-place orders for counties with positive test rates of greater than 2% over a 14-day period, and requiring residents to stay home except for essential work, essential shopping, or to seek medical care.

During that time, grocery stores over a certain size would need to provide curbside pick-up of orders placed online, and meal delivery programs for seniors and other vulnerable residents would be expanded. Unemployment or direct assistance would also be increased for affected workers.

Counties under shelter-in-place orders could not reopen using a process that grants local variances to the statewide order, and a 14-day quarantine period would apply for anyone entering the state from another state or country with a positive test rate of greater than 2%, including California residents. The rule would also apply to anyone entering the state from anywhere that does not report its positive test rate on a daily basis.

A county that falls below the 2% threshold would be required to continue sheltering "if it is adjacent to or in the same Metropolitan Area as a county with a rate greater than 2 percent." Restrictions would be lifted in phases "when thresholds are met on positive test rates; and when sufficient testing and sufficient contact tracing standards are met."

Comments

Danville Parent
Danville
on Jul 29, 2020 at 8:00 am
Danville Parent, Danville
on Jul 29, 2020 at 8:00 am
15 people like this

We have many different opinions from experts but shutting down our economy is not the answer. Glazer sounds to be a little short on facts with his alarmist rhetoric. Yes, this virus is nastier than the common flu that we deal with every year, but destroying our economy will also have long term impacts. We need to find a balance where we protect the vulnerable while also restarting our economy before it is dead in the water.


DC1234
Walnut Creek
on Jul 29, 2020 at 8:38 am
DC1234, Walnut Creek
on Jul 29, 2020 at 8:38 am
18 people like this

Well if Glazer is suggesting we go back to jail, I guess I'll just have to not vote for him again. What an incredibly damaging and just plain misguided idea at this point. We all need to be doing what we can safely do to control the spread. Glazer would rather destroy what is left of the economy rather than get people to manage their behavior better.


MO
Danville
on Jul 29, 2020 at 11:00 am
MO, Danville
on Jul 29, 2020 at 11:00 am
16 people like this

As previously reported here, Senator Glazer wants to raise our taxes. Now he wants to shut the economy down again. In addition, County Supervisors are promoting fines for violations of the mask, etc. mandates.
Meanwhile, there are serious questions regarding the way the CDC has been managing the COVID statistics, as well as the veracity of COVID test results.
It appears that many, if not all, deaths are now counted as COVID deaths. People who have not even been tested are being told they have tested positive.
Should we all be locked down again while these serious discrepancies remain unresolved?! Here is some information to ponder...

Web Link


Danville mom
Blackhawk
on Jul 29, 2020 at 7:10 pm
Danville mom, Blackhawk
on Jul 29, 2020 at 7:10 pm
6 people like this

I wish Danville friends and neighbors would at least abide by the current state laws. Danville residents are not wearing masks in public, as required. A drive through downtown on a Friday evening reveals blatant disregard for the mask laws in public; also gathering for dinner, chatting with people outside your household, and not wearing a mask. Since this community is not willing to play by the current rules, local leaders like Glazer to need to crack down. When I go to Alameda county, the people walking down the street there do follow the mask rules, and yet in Danville so many will not help the greater good - so that kids can go back to school and grandmothers can go to the grocery store, and parents can go to work.


Jennifer
Danville
on Jul 30, 2020 at 8:44 am
Jennifer, Danville
on Jul 30, 2020 at 8:44 am
10 people like this

The alarmist rhetoric needs to end. I've been playing by the rules since day one, but I'm sick of it. The lockdown destroys our mental well being. It's mentally unhealthy. The virus will continue to spread, but we need people back at work, kids in school and everything open - with caution. Let the coronaphobes stay home, and the rest of us can return to normal. There is inherent risk in everyday living, and life goes on.


G Smith
Danville
on Jul 30, 2020 at 12:37 pm
G Smith, Danville
on Jul 30, 2020 at 12:37 pm
10 people like this

Glazer, along with a lot of other politicians, needs to go. What a moronic idea to suggest shutting down the economy again over a Virus that nobody can even provide semi-reliable statistics about. This is all about fear mongering and control. He can hide in his house in Orinda forever, the rest of us need to live with this and move on.


Kjgamble
San Ramon
on Jul 31, 2020 at 10:11 am
Kjgamble, San Ramon
on Jul 31, 2020 at 10:11 am
8 people like this

Sure depress the economy as much as possible before the election. Is he looking at statistics or cnn? Seems like he’s pandering to the ever woke left. Get rid of this guy! What a horrible idea.


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