Newsom's executive order remains in effect


Lifting the Kern County health officer's emergency order didn't change the stay-at home order issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

It just positions the county to react faster when it is modified or lifted.

The county order, issued on April 2 by County Health Officer Dr. Kristopher Lyon, "reinforced the governor's health order,' said kern County spokeswoman Megan Person.

"While we hope the governor' stay-at-home order is modified very soon, it is still in effect and should be followed," Person said Monday at a press conference.

"The stay-at home order remains," added health department spokeswoman Michelle Corson. "Our residents need to stay the course We will be providing direction when we receive direction from the governor."

Newsom said Monday ]the state will begin gradually allowing clothing stores, florists, bookstores and sporting goods shops to open but with limits including curbside pickup only

Kern County, like many rural counties in the state, is pushing to get more businesses opened after seven weeks under the stay-at-home order issued March 16.

Only businesses deemed to be essential were allowed to remain open.

A week ago, the Taft City Council held a special meeting and stated its intention to allow barber shops, beauty salons, gyms and other business to reopen, but the county health department said the city didn't have the authority to reopen them.