“This disease has not been extinguished. It’s not vanished. It’s not taking the summer months off,” Newsom said at an event where he drew 15 winners of $50,000 lottery prizes as part of an effort to encourage residents to get vaccinated.
State officials say Newsom’s announcement does not affect the reopening timetable. However, it does leave open the possibility that the governor, who is facing a recall election in the fall, will reimpose restrictions if he deems it necessary.
“The state of emergency ensures that the state can continue to respond quickly to evolving conditions as the pandemic persists,” Newsom’s office told the Los Angeles Times in a statement. “The governor will end the state of emergency once conditions no longer warrant an emergency response.