Riverside Supervisors Approve New Reopening Plan
Riverside County leaders have approved a more lenient reopening plan despite increasing coronavirus infection rates and the threat of a backslide into the state’s most restrictive tier.
Brooke Federico, public information officer for Riverside County, said the new rules don’t differ that much from the state’s, except for their treatment of weddings and hotel meetings like conferences.
Public health officials have warned that the county is already in risky territory. But the plan approved last week was more moderate than what was first proposed. Riverside leaders were initially considering a plan to rescind public health orders altogether. They decided to forgo it to avoid losing up to $114 million in state and federal funding.
Supervisor Jeff Hewitt cast the lone no vote last week. He doesn’t think the new plan goes far enough.
“We are destroying our way of life, our standard of living, and putting so many people into abject poverty and despair,” he told the Los Angeles Times.