The Verdict Is In: People Think California Reopened Too Soon
As cases of coronavirus skyrocket across the state, over half of Californians are blaming a hasty reopening. 53% of respondents told the California Health Care Foundation that the state reopened too soon — up from 43% on June 19.
The survey of 1,156 California residents was conducted between June 26 and June 30. 27% of respondents thought shelter-in-place measures were relaxed at the appropriate time, while just 18% said the orders were being relaxed “too slowly.”
Looking back, there were some signs that California was moving too quickly, too soon. Gov. Gavin Newsom relaxed criteria in May, no longer requiring a 14-day period of declining cases before a county could reopen. As County News reported in June, Dr. Sara Cody – the architect of the state’s first stay-at-home order – said she found the pace of California's reopening “concerning.”