Asked if he would lift the order that gives him broad emergency powers on June 15, the day he said he would lift most COVID restrictions, Newsom said: “The emergency remains in effect after June 15.”
“The one thing I am certain of is: There’s uncertainty in the future,” Newsom added at an event to pick winners in the state’s lottery-style vaccination incentive program.
California has been under a state of emergency since March 2020. Since then, Newsom has issued some 47 executive orders to alter or suspend 200 state laws and regulations because of the virus, according to a resolution from state Republicans.
“Gavin Newsom admitted what we knew all along—he has no intention of getting California back to normal and everything out of his mouth is a lie. In Gavin’s California, he acts like a dictator and continues to keep Californians under his rule with his draconian lockdown,” Caitlyn Jenner, who is running against Newsom in a recall special election over his handling of coronavirus, said in a statement.