(POLITICO) California has launched the nation's first mandate on reopening that requires local officials to control the coronavirus in their most impoverished communities before easing business restrictions across their entire county.
The approach is aimed at tackling a persistent inequity in California, where low-income people of color have disproportionately struggled to avoid contracting the disease.
"If you believe in growth and you don't believe in inclusion, then we're going to leave a lot of people behind," Gov. Gavin Newsom said this week. "And one of the things we value as a state is inclusion, and we believe that we're all better off when we're all better off."
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