California Governor Gavin Newsom suggested Thursday that residents of the state observe the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines that recommend wearing two masks to prevent coronavirus transmission — not one.
“We will be doubling down on mask wearing,” said California Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday, “not arguing to follow the example of Texas and other states that I think are making a terrible mistake.”
It’s the second time this week that Newsom, a Democrat, has ripped the actions of his Republican counterpart Greg Abbott of Texas.
To Newsom’s point about doubling down, California updated its recommendations for mask wearing on Thursday with the following: “‘Double masking’ is an effective way to improve fit and filtration. A close-fitting cloth mask can be worn on top of a surgical/disposable mask to improve the seal of the mask to the face.”
Newsom has sought to contrast his state’s approach to the coronavirus pandemic with the less restrictive approach practiced by other states. Critics have argued that the economic cost to the state is far too high, noting that California and Florida have similar case rates, but Florida has kept its economy largely open.
Newsom faces a potential recall election; opponents are currently gathering signatures and say they have surpassed the 1.5 million needed by the March 17 deadline.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.