Gov. Gavin Newsom alerted state residents Friday, June 4, that he was not going to lift the state of emergency on June 15, which was the proposed date. Newsom made the announcement during a press conference while announcing winners of a vaccine lottery, "Vax for the Win," where those selected win $50,000 taxable cash prizes.
But look, I'm mindful that this disease has not been extinguished, it hasn't gone away, and if you're in a dense workplace with hundreds of other employees, many of them haven't been vaccinated... we won't be there. We're mindful of variants.
An exchange came between Newsom and Cal Matters' Laurel Rosenhall, when asked why he would not rescind his emergency declaration and give up his emergency powers. "Because we're still in a state of emergency," he said. "This disease has not been extinguished. It's not vanished, it's not taking the summer months off."
"The one thing I am certain of is: There’s uncertainty in the future," the governor also said. "The emergency remains in effect after June 15."