Officials in California and Florida — two states where coronavirus cases are jumping — are taking different approaches toward reopening amid spikes in infections. Both states saw their highest 7-day averages for new daily cases Monday, per John Hopkins University data.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis told the reporters that there's no going back to stricter measures, meanwhile California Gov. Gavin Newsom hinted that on Wednesday he'll tighten restrictions this Independence Day weekend, especially at beaches.
As the holiday weekend looms, Newsom warned that family gatherings — where households tend to let down their guards mixing with extended family — are the greatest concern.
"It's not just bars, not just out in the streets with people protesting, and the like," Newsom said.
Newsom ordered bars in seven counties to close over the weekend and said he will announce more restrictions today.
Newsom has repeatedly promised that reopening the state comes with the ability to "toggle back" if necessary.
Responding to a reporter's question about the beaches being closed in Los Angeles County for the Independence Day weekend, the governor hinted that state beaches could be part of his announcement.
In Florida, DeSantis assured reporters that his state can deal with the uptick in cases and it's not necessary to shut down shops and restaurants.
"We're not going back, closing things," he said. "I mean, people going to business is not what's driving it."
DeSantis' message to Floridians, particularly the younger ones: Protect the vulnerable.
"You have a responsibility not to come into close contact with folks who could be more vulnerable," he said.
Here's how the seven-day average of new cases in California compares to Florida: