Lawmakers of California will be going on a week-long policy conference in Hawaii. However, the state urges its citizens to refrain from traveling and gathering indoors.
“California just surpassed a sobering threshold — 1 million COVID-19 cases — with no signs of the virus slowing down,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement, as reported by The San Francisco Chronicle on November 13th. “Travel increases the risk of spreading COVID-19, and we must all collectively increase our efforts at this time to keep the virus at bay and save lives.”
The Independent Voter Project (IVP) serves as the host of the conference. It declined to name the fewer than 20 lawmakers collectively coming from California, Texas, and Washington.
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The conference will be at the Fairmont Kea Lani in Maui. Additionally, the event is four days long and the purpose “is to provide a setting, away from the Capitol, for elected officials and a diverse group of industry experts to consider policy matters in a nonpartisan manner.”
According to Fox News, news of the event came days after the California Department of Public Health issued a travel advisory.
“Californians are encouraged to stay home or in their region and avoid non-essential travel to other states or countries,” reads the advisory from Friday. “Avoiding travel can reduce the risk of virus transmission and bringing the virus back to California,” it also stated.