California Governor Newsom sued by San Bernardino County to stop coronavirus lockdown

San Bernardino County is going to the California Supreme Court in an attempt to stop the stay-at-home order
that went into effect in Southern California on Sunday, Dec. 6. In a lawsuit filed directly to the state’s top court late Monday night, Dec. 14, the county argues that Gov. Gavin Newsom had no authority to ban all gatherings except protests and religious services, close many businesses designated as nonessential, end in-person dining at restaurants and cap restaurant’s occupancy at 20%. It asks for a decision by Monday, Dec. 28, when the three-week stay-at-home order is set to either expire or be renewed. Newsom’s press office did not respond to an email seeking a response to the lawsuit or the legal authority for the orders.

San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman said the county believes the governor’s restrictions have made the coronavirus’s spread worse. (File photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG) Not only does the county think those closures lacked legal authority, it thinks they hurt businesses while only worsening the spread of the novel coronavirus, said Curt Hagman, chairman of the county Board of Supervisors.

As published on The Press Enterprise