Source: Baxter Dmitry
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has ordered wineries and beaches in the state to close due to the coronavirus pandemic, however the draconian regulations do not apply to his own winery in Napa Valley.
Newsom has closed down the parking lots to some of California’s beaches, according to the LA Times, one of the Golden State’s famed tourist attractions. California’s wineries, also a prime tourist attraction, have had their tasting rooms closed in some areas.
That’s because 19 California counties were ordered by the controversial leftwing governor to close certain indoor operations in an attempt to control the number of new COVID-19 cases. This included wineries, restaurants, and movie theaters.
WesternJournal report: This was part of California’s Resilience Roadmap, something that sounds as if it were the name of a reopening plan in a cutting, “Dr. Strangelove”-like satire of the government’s response to a fictional, hypothetical pandemic, as opposed to the real name of California’s real response to an actual virus.
It’s curious that wineries and tasting rooms in these counties were closed while the state did not close those in in Napa County. While the coronavirus numbers in that sparsely populated area of California are much better — there were 376 confirmed cases in Napa County as of July 3, according to KGET-TV, and a 1.6 percent positive case rate, according to KMPH-TV. That last number is below the 8 percent rate the governor said was the point that would trigger Sacramento’s intervention.
However, most travelers going to the wineries for tastings in Napa County’s eponymous valley weren’t likely to come from around there. It’s a popular road trip destination for oenophiles, particularly in the summer. It’s indoors. If you believe keeping wineries open an help spread the coronavirus, and you want to the coronavirus spread, keeping Napa’s wineries open over the July 4 weekend was certainly a good way to do it.
If, however, you really want to take action against the coronavirus spreading, closing the Napa County wineries would certainly make more sense than closing parking lots to state beaches, as California did.
In other news, Gavin Newsom co-founded and owns stock in a company whose holdings include a winery in Napa Valley, accordingto KMPH. In his infinite wisdom, he’s apparently decided not to request it be closed, either in solidarity with other family-owned businesses in the state or because of a conflict of interest.
Conservative actor James Woods drew attention to the business in a Twitter post Thursday.