California Gov May Declare Martial Law

California Governor Gavin Newsom is getting ready for what is coming soon – the first coronavirus waves crashing across his state. California is buying hotels and trying to get two large hospitals ready for the influx of expected patients.

California Gov May Declare Martial Law
California Gov May Declare Martial Law
But it is what he said about martial law that turned heads: “We have the ability to do martial law if we feel the necessity.” If we all follow CDC guidelines about limiting gatherings so we can slow the spread of the virus this will not be necessary. So let’s all do what we can to help the Trump administration and cities and states stop this.

According to Fox5, 

In readying the National Guard for action, Newsom’s office emphasized that it’s for duties routinely performed during natural disasters and other emergencies. But Newsom grimly added that “we have the ability to do martial law … if we feel the necessity.”

Imposing martial law would take the extraordinary step of replacing the usual laws with military authority, with the possible suspension of civil liberties like freedom of association and movement. U.S. and California health officials have repeatedly warned that the virus could have a devastating impact and that the timetable for controlling it isn’t known. President Donald Trump on Monday said the crisis could last until August. California’s 415 hospitals have been planning for a surge of patients. They have about 88,000 beds and Newsom said health officials are running models to determine needs based on various infection rates and resulting hospitalizations. Under worst-case scenarios, California could be short 20,000 beds, he said.

he said after the meeting with hospital officials. “So we had a very candid and a sober if not sobering conversation about where we may be and where we need to go together,”  “The good news is none of it surprised any of us. We as a state, working with our system, anticipated much of these needs and have been running plans to address them.” He said the state should have the two large hospitals in its possession as early as Friday and will use money from the emergency authorization to get them ready for service.

Meantime, on the education front, Newsom said nearly 99% of the state’s K-12 schools are shuttered for periods generally ranging from two to five weeks. Newsom, a father of four young children, said his family is among those that have started home-schooling. he said, urging the more than 6 million schoolchildren and their families to make long-term plans, “It is unlikely that many of these schools, few if any, will open before the summer break,” 

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