State travel restrictions to end after weeklong vacation

SAN DIEGO — California Gov.

Jerry Brown has extended the state’s state travel ban until Feb. 3, ending a weeklong holiday.

Brown signed a proclamation Friday afternoon that temporarily suspends the statewide ban on flights to certain states for at least 48 hours after a week of travel restrictions.

The proclamation also allows some visitors and businesses to return to California.

The governor signed the proclamation after the state House and Senate voted in favor of the measure, a result of which was cheered by the business community.

The measure was passed by both chambers by voice vote and will take effect on Saturday, Brown said.

It will allow Californians to travel to Hawaii, New Zealand, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands.

The move is intended to restore the ability of some visitors to travel for family reunions, weddings, and other events, and to allow California to attract business from abroad.

A similar statewide travel ban expired at midnight Friday, and President Donald Trump has said he would like to reopen it.

Trump told Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” program Friday that he would consider reopening the ban again if he becomes president.

Brown is the first governor to announce a nationwide travel ban in more than two decades.

He said the decision will help to protect the health of the state from the coronavirus outbreak and protect the people of California from potential travel disruptions.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.