San Diego mayor urges Newsom to let counties decide when to reopen, calls governor's plan 'not realistic'

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and County Chairman Greg Cox are urging California Gov. Gavin Newsom to give the city and county more leeway in deciding when certain businesses can reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic, arguing that some of the governor’s mandates “are not realistic” and will mean major parts of the state’s economy remain shut down indefinitely.

While acknowledging that Newsom’s stay-at-home order in mid-March helped keep the number of COVID-19 cases down and assured that the state’s health care systems were not overwhelmed, Faulconer said the current phase approach to reopening the economy is confusing and that the metrics communities have to meet before certain businesses can reopen are not feasible for large counties such as San Diego.

“Our message is clear: San Diego is ready to safely and strategically reopen,” Faulconer, a Republican, told Fox News. “We are urging the governor to let us do so.”

Faulconer added: “We need some flexibility here, not a ‘one size fits all’ policy.”

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