As public protests against home maintenance orders and business closures continue to erupt across the country, some elected local leaders are flouting the restrictions imposed by their governors.
Three California counties announced this week that they would reopen part of their economy in defiance of Gavin Newsom (D) government restrictions on non-essential activities.
On Thursday, Modoc County, a jurisdiction of less than 10,000 residents in the northeast corner of the state, authorized the opening of restaurants and bars, although with certain rules. The county has not reported any cases of new coronaviruses.
On Friday, Sutter and Yuba counties – which are jurisdictions adjacent to the north of Sacramento – said they would begin lifting restrictions on restaurants and several other types of businesses on Monday. Schools and churches will remain closed.
“COVID-19 is dangerous and frightening, but it is not the only health problem,” said Phuong Luu, the health worker from both counties. in a written declaration. “We cannot wait for a vaccine without seeing the extreme economic damage to our community. The consequences of the wait will be additional health problems brought on by stress and the very real dilemma for those with limited resources. ”
The combined population of the two counties is approximately 170,000 people.
Weld County in Colorado last week said it would not stop local businesses from reopening, despite orders from Democratic Governor Jared Polis to remain closed.
“The governor made it clear all the time that his orders were unenforceable,” said Mike Freeman, chairman of the county council of commissioners, said to KFKA-1310.
Businesses that reopen should comply with social distancing rules and several other restrictions set by the county. Weld is the location of a JBS meat packing plant in Greeley, the site of a recent coronavirus outbreak.
In North Carolina this week, Gaston county officials said they would allow the companies to reopen, defying orders from Democratic Governor Roy Cooper. A few hours later, however, the county has retreated and said residents must comply with state guidelines.
In New Mexico, Martin “Modey” Hicks, the mayor of 9,000 grants, ordered city workers to return to work and encouraged businesses to reopen. On Thursday, he was ordered by the state’s Supreme Court to comply with guidelines for Santa Fe New Mexican reported.