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San Diego city, county officials ask Newsom to give local control for reopening businesses

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Posted at 6:03 AM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 09:03:06-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Supervisor Greg Cox sent California Gov. Gavin Newsom a letter on Monday, asking him to allow local leaders to make their own decisions and guidelines for reopening businesses in San Diego County.

In the letter, the San Diego leaders state that San Diego is seeing “sustained progress” and that the metrics the governor has outlined are not realistic.

The governor released a four-stage approach to reopening California’s economy. For counties that want to reopen faster than the governor’s plan, Newsom said there would have to be no COVID-19 related deaths for 14 days straight. Faulconer and Cox say that is not realistic for a large urban county.

County and city leaders say they’ve created a regional group of businesses to create plans for how each individual business sector could reopen, saying local businesses that are ready to reopen need guidance on "when."

During the mayor’s press conference Monday, gym owner Artem Sharoshkin joined efforts with the city, asking for reopening. Sharoshkin is the CEO of The Boxing Club Sport and Fitness, which has three locations in San Diego.

Sharoshkin says he is almost ready to reopen and is already taking steps to ensure customers are safe when returning to their workouts, including temperature checks, shorter classes to allow for cleaning the gym and eliminating workouts that require people to touch the floor.

Sharoshkin agrees with the mayor and supervisor’s request to Newsom, explaining that he doesn’t believe one plan fits all counties.

To read the full letter click here.