By Steve Large

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — It’s a new call to close most of the California economy back down to all but essential businesses, in the battle against the coronavirus.

California State Senator Steve Glazer (D-Contra Costa) is now calling on the governor to issue hard new regulations for the state to shelter in place again.

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“The fact of the matter is the virus is spreading out of control,” Glazer said. “If you have cancer in your body you’re not putting a band-aid on a pinky finger to try to solve it. It’s tough medicine.”

Glazer’s plan is to reinstate a stay-at-home order that would only allow essential work and trips for food and health care. He wants enforcement to increase for violators of public health orders.

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“Yes, they should be fined and there should be prosecutions,” Glazer said.

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The proposal adds a new sense of urgency to a crisis that’s become all-encompassing, and maybe even comfortable.

“I think I used to be more fearful before when it all was more of a new thing, but now I guess I’m just hopeful,” Sacramento resident McKenna Smith said.

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Governor Gavin Newsom’s office responded to Glazer’s plan with a statement from the Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Mark Ghaly reading: “From the outset, we envisioned reopening the economy as a dimmer switch, where we toggle modifications and closures up and down to avoid large-scale surges…”

“We have to take the tough medicine,” Glazer said.

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Sen. Glazer says he’s not criticizing Gov. Newsom. He’s only prodding him to take stricter measures.