Calif. extends $315M mask deal with Chinese manufacturer

FILE – In this May 14, 2020, file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom discusses his revised 2020-2021 state budget during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool, File)

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UPDATED 1:35 PM PT — Thursday, July 23, 2020

California is set to spend as much as $315 million on more face masks for the state. On Wednesday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the deal with a Chinese based manufacturer BYD, which aims to protect social workers and first responders.

California has been one of the hardest hit states, surpassing New York with the most COVID infections in the country this week. Bars, gyms, salons, inside dining and church services have been shut down until the number of cases shows signs of decreasing.

FILE – In this April 10, 2020, file photo, a ground crew at Los Angeles International Airport unload pallets of medical personal protective equipment from a China Southern Cargo plane upon its arrival in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

According to state officials, these prolonged shutdowns are not sustainable.

“Safety is, of course, a No. 1 priority, but the shutdowns are unacceptable because it’s taking a sledgehammer to a fly, if you will,” stated Chamber of Commerce Chairman Nick Rimedio. “It creates a toxic environment for the business community to where we’re not going to have small businesses.”

Governor Newsom has expressed the influx of masks will be “vital” to reopening the economy. He also thanked President Trump for his administration’s efforts to curb the virus and for his recent decision to wear a mask.

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