Yuba City, California, Mayor Shon Harris is pushing back against criticism from Gov. Gavin Newsom that a reopening of salons and dine-in restaurants is putting the community at risk.
“If you take proper precautions, you’re not putting anyone at risk,” said Harris who cited his community’s low number of cases as a rationale for the reopening.
Yuba and Sutter counties have had a total of 50 Covid-19 cases.
With a population of 66,000, Yuba City is the largest city in the three counties that have begun to lift restrictions.
Newsom has repeatedly stressed that reopening communities will be done based on data.
“Well, that’s what we’re doing,” said Harris, a fellow Democrat.
Yuba-Sutter issued an order last week that allowed for many businesses to reopen beginning Monday, including restaurants, salons, spas, tattoo parlors, shopping malls and gyms.
“Higher risk” businesses including bars and theaters will remain closed.
Harris said the reopening is going “extremely well and that I’ve gotten a lot of positive comments.”