Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom left for a Mexico vacation with his family Monday, roughly one week after extending California’s COVID-19 state of emergency.
Newsom left along with his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, and their children, and will not return to California until Nov. 28. Newsom signed an executive order on Nov. 15 extending the COVID-19 emergency rules he initially put into place in March of 2020. The rules are now set to expire in March of 2022, unless they are extended once again.
Newsom’s administration has made California among the most stringent in the country when it comes to COVID-19 policy, becoming the first state in the country to mandate vaccines for all K-12 students in October.
The state’s fight against the virus remains dire despite the stringent policies, however. The state’s weekly rate of new COVID cases was twice that of Florida’s in early November, despite Florida’s relatively lax COVID rules. California averaged 16 new cases out of every 100,000 population between Nov. 7 and Nov 9., while Florida had just 7.