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Gov. Gavin Newsom said he plans to issue statewide regulations on Wednesday regarding the enforcement of California’s mandate that people wear face coverings while in public or high-risk settings.

During his Tuesday press briefing, Newsom hinted he will count on local municipalities to enforce the state’s mask order, which was issued June 18.

“We’ll be doing more to focus on enforcement in this state,” Newsom said. “Enforcement comes in many different shapes. Primarily local enforcement.”

Newsom said the state has financial resources to step up enforcement of the order in counties or cities where local officials choose not to comply.

“We have conditioned $2.5 million in our state budget on applying the spirit and the letter of the law as it relates to health directives at the county level,” Newsom said. “If local officials are unwilling to enforce and are being dismissive, we will condition the distribution of those dollars. Again, $2.5 million.”

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Newsom indicated it’s no coincidence the state is stepping up its plans to enforce the mask order ahead of the July 4 holiday weekend as state officials are particularly concerned about the spread and transmission of COVID-19 at family gatherings.

The governor said people have a tendency to “let down their guard” in the presence of their extended family and expressed concern over the potential for an uptick in positive tests following a weekend where people will gather.

“We’re going to need to do more expressing our concern about that, messaging more about the seriousness of face coverings and physical distancing and being a little bit more aggressive with regard to guidelines for the 4th of July,” Newsom said.

Citing data compiled by the California Department of Public Health, Newsom said the positivity rate from coronavirus tests in California has increased from 4.4% two weeks ago to 5.6% over the last 14 days. He also noted the positivity rate has climbed to 5.9% over the last seven days and said he soon expects to add four counties to the 19 that are already on a state watch list.

Newsom said the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) will also play a role in the state’s enforcement of the mask order.

“There are financial conditions, there’s regulatory oversight, there’s code oversight, all of those things are part of our overall efforts,” Newsom said. “OSHA is now very active in this space. Alcohol Beverage Control is very active in this space and just moments ago, we’ll be making a more formal and detailed announcement on enforcement tomorrow.”

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Gov. Phil Murphy Says New Jersey Starting To See Small Spikes In Coronavirus From Travelers

TRENTON, N.J. (CBS/AP) — The July 4th weekend is amplifying concerns over the spread of the coronavirus. On Sunday, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy took to the national stage, pleading for people and leaders to take the virus seriously.

“Listen, this thing is lethal. New Jersey has paid an enormous price. We’ve lost over 13,000 confirmed fatalities from COVID-19,” Murphy said on NBC’s “Meet the Press. “We’re starting to see slow spikes of reinfection from folks coming back from places like Myrtle Beach as well as in Florida, other hotspots. To me, it says that we need a national strategy. We’re only as strong as our weakest link.”

Gov. Phil Murphy said that the “most recent and most prevalent” example was a wedding in Myrtle Beach from which New Jersey residents returned with the virus, but “we’ve got other cases that we’re running down.”

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The governor said he believes a national strategy is needed to handle the virus, and mask wearing has to be at the core of it. He said “if you’re leaving your house, put on a mask. I think it ought to be … a national requirement.”

New Jersey reported another 23 deaths associated with the coronavirus Sunday, bringing the statewide total of confirmed and probable deaths to 15,211 — 13,355 confirmed by lab tests and 1,856 considered probable.

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