A California mayor is calling his city a sanctuary for businesses that have been shut down by Gov. Gavin Newsom's lockdown orders.
Atwater Mayor Paul Creighton told Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” that there’s a "sanctuary city for everything” so why not have one for businesses impacted by state lockdown orders.
"Atwater is one of the lowest numbers in our county and we're seeing the economic pressure of this -- and we're not getting any relief from the governor or the county so -- we decided to step up," he said during his Wednesday appearance.
He said Atwater was proactive in “smashing” the curve. Now he is pushing to allow businesses get back to work to make money.
He said local nurses are being sent home because there is a lack of hospitalizations. He said he is worried that his local hospital could close because of a shortage of revenue. He said layoffs already have started.
"The revenues are down. We're following the Constitution. And, we're not actively [or] aggressively going to file a lawsuit or anything else, but we're going to stand our ground," he said. "And, the draconian measures that are taken, [they don't] fit our community.”
He said local police would stand down and allow businesses to reopen, but Creighton cautioned businesses with state licenses to follow the rules.
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