Desmond to call for all businesses to reopen; Fletcher says proposal is ‘absolutely insane’

SAN DIEGO – San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond Tuesday plans to call for more local control of the coronavirus pandemic response in a plea to stop enforcing statewide restrictions and allow all local industries to reopen.

San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond.

“We’re being cornered here by the state of California,” Desmond said Monday.

The county currently falls under the state’s red tier, a level which allowed some businesses to reopen Aug. 31, most at limited indoor capacities. Desmond, who represents much of the North County, said he believes all business should be allowed to operate if they can do so safely with mask requirements and social distancing enforced.

“I’m all for enforcing the safety protocols, but I’m done trying to enforce what the state says should be closed and what should be open, picking winners and losers,” he said. “I’m done with it.”

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said Monday

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