California Gov. Gavin Newsom praised his state’s efforts to rein in the coronavirus pandemic Monday as he lifted California’s regional stay-at-home orders, insisting that the decision was based on science and data — and had nothing to do with the political effort underway to recall him.

“It’s just complete utter nonsense,” the Democrat said during a news conference Monday when asked whether the Republican-led recall launched last year had a bearing on the state’s decision to end the orders, which have been in place since early December. “Let’s just dispense with that fundamental foundational nonsense.”
The lifting of the regional orders means that outdoor dining may resume, and hair and hair salons are permitted to reopen with very limited indoor capacity — though many other indoor business activities will still be restricted as the state reverts to its color-coded tier-based system for assessing the threat by county. The vast majority of California counties are still within the most restrictive purple tier, and counties are permitted to impose stricter guidelines if they choose to do so. Read More..