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  • California, home to

  • the most gorgeous Emmy voters in the nation.

  • 'Sup, y'all?

  • One month ago, the Golden State announced

  • that it was doing a good-enough job fighting the coronavirus

  • that restaurants, stores and other businesses

  • could welcome customers back in.

  • The bad news is

  • one of those customers was coronavirus.

  • California, the home state of nearly

  • one out of every eight Americans,

  • is making an abrupt U-turn

  • to try to roll back a surge in coronavirus infections.

  • California has recorded nearly 110,000 new cases

  • in the last 14 days,

  • including another 8,000 yesterday.

  • Covid-19 is not going away anytime soon.

  • REPORTER: Just over one month after reopening

  • several sectors of California's economy,

  • Governor Gavin Newsom is reversing course.

  • Yesterday he announced gyms, churches and hair salons

  • would be among those forced to close

  • in 29 California counties,

  • while bars, indoor restaurants and movie theaters

  • will close across the entire state.

  • REPORTER 2: And the state's two biggest school systems

  • said today they will only do distance learning in the fall.

  • That's right. It might have taken a while

  • for California to blow up again, probably because

  • corona was stuck in traffic on the 405,

  • but now they've become the biggest state

  • to roll back their reopening.

  • Because, you see, even though many of us

  • have become bored of the coronavirus,

  • the coronavirus is not bored of us.

  • Coronavirus doesn't care about the news cycle.

  • People are like, "Wow, did you hear about Will and Jada?"

  • And corona's like, "Uh, the only thing

  • I'm trying to get entangled with is your lungs."

  • What's happening in California is a preview

  • of what the next year is gonna look like for a lot of places.

  • Gradually reopening,

  • then shutting down when things get dangerous.

  • This whole thing-- without vaccine,

  • without tracing, without enough testing--

  • it's like... it's like trying to have sex in your parents' house.

  • You know? Things are ramping up,

  • then you hear something creak.

  • It's your dad getting a snack in the kitchen.

  • You got to shut everything down till it's safe again,

  • pull your pants back up.

  • And California's un-opening is also a good reminder

  • that coronavirus is playing the long game, people.

  • With numbers skyrocketing around the country,

  • some of those very cocky statements

  • that people were making just a few weeks ago

  • haven't aged so well.

  • Florida got it right, Texas got it right,

  • and guess what?

  • Now it's time for all the states to follow their lead.

  • Governor DeSantis now looks like a genius.

  • Ron DeSantis of Florida, the governor,

  • is doing a fantastic job in Florida.

  • Governor, those dire predictions have not come true.

  • They look to Florida and they look at Texas,

  • that have reopened,

  • and it hasn't led to a massive second wave.

  • In a very real sense, uh, uh, Florida's leading the way.

  • It's been two months, and Florida has figured out

  • how to manage this pretty effectively.

  • Governor DeSantis, who's doing a phenomenal job

  • in the state of Florida, which happens to be

  • my great home state.

  • I can't get to Florida or Texas fast enough, and I think

  • there's plenty of people thinking the exact same way.

  • How much longer are you gonna keep me out of your state?

  • I would like to go visit.

  • -When am I allowed back in? -For the record, Sean...

  • We glad you're opening up.

  • We're ready to have some sunshine

  • and get out of the house.

  • It's great to be in Florida,

  • and I'm gonna be back here in a week.

  • And I've always wanted to move to Texas, now I think I have to.

  • Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, he knows what he's doing.

  • He's a great governor.

  • Governor Greg Abbott, we can learn a lot from you

  • and a lot from Governor DeSantis,

  • but we can also learn a lot from Governor Cuomo

  • and Governor Murphy what not to do,

  • because they did the opposite of what you guys did.

  • Texas, Florida gave us clues.

  • Take the success clues.

  • The successes of Florida, Texas,

  • the failures of New York, New Jersey.

  • We got to get the whole country open,

  • like Tennessee and Texas and Florida.

  • He's got it in great shape, Texas.

  • Florida's doing very well.

  • How did you do it? Because we need to learn as we re-open.

  • -Great job down there. -Keep up the great work.

  • You did a great job. I... You saved a lot of lives,

  • and there's a lot to learn from your success.

  • Yeah. Maybe not a great idea to take a victory lap

  • in the middle of a pandemic.

  • And I know there's a lot of politics tied up with

  • for who's rooting for which states and policies to succeed,

  • but, people, we need to understand

  • coronavirus has no politics.

  • It doesn't give a shit what state you live in.

  • Coronavirus is the most bipartisan thing

  • to happen to America

  • since hating Jussie Smollett.

  • And celebrating too soon and letting its guard down

  • could basically guarantee that America

  • is not going to beat this virus.

  • Yeah, and if you want a visual representation

  • of what that means, here it is.

  • ANNOUNCER: ...this, folks.

  • ANNOUNCER 2: I mean, the guy had, what,

  • -a 200-foot head start? -ANNOUNCER: At least.

  • -Look at this guy go. -This guy is beautiful.

  • -That... Look at the-the guy... -ANNOUNCER 2: Oh, the guy...

  • Yeah, he thought... he thought he was gonna win.

  • -(laughs) -ANNOUNCER: Exactly!

  • Yes, you see, if you're not flattening the curve,

  • you're flattening your face.

  • That's our show for tonight, but before we go,

  • America is facing a nationwide poll worker shortage.

  • And because most poll workers are over 60,

  • and with COVID still in the air,

  • they're understandably not showing up.

  • But fewer poll workers means fewer polling stations open

  • and it means longer lines that not everyone

  • can afford to stay and wait in,

  • especially in communities of color.

  • But the good news is most poll working is paid.

  • And in some states you can be as young as 16 to do it.

  • So if you're interested and you have the time,

  • this is your chance to save granny,

  • protect democracy and get some of that money, too.

  • So sign up at the link below to learn more.

  • Until tomorrow, stay safe out there.

  • And everyone who's going on a Tuesday vacation,

  • have fun.

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