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Gov. Newsom On Reopening California

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Gov. Newsom On Reopening California

Gov. Newsom On Reopening California

Gov. Newsom On Reopening California

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AGUSTIN PAULLIER/AFP via Getty Images
California Governor Gavin Newsom speaks to the press in the spin room after the sixth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by PBS NewsHour & Politico at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California on December 19, 2019. (Photo by Agustin PAULLIER / AFP) (Photo by AGUSTIN PAULLIER/AFP via Getty Images)
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Governor Gavin Newsom moved quickly to shut the state of California down when COVID-19 hit, and he has insisted that many California businesses remain closed and residents shelter in place while the danger from COVID-19 is assessed.

Newsom's stance has attracted support and opposition in equal measure. One big complaint is that the lockdown has done as yet incalculable damage to the state's economy; the fifth largest on the planet. Today Newsom announced that his administration is preparing to reopen the economy, allowing some businesses to get back to business, and adjusting the guidelines for sheltering in place. Stacey Vanek Smith spoke to him after his announcement.

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