Newsom Issues Executive Order to Prevent COVID Test Price Gouging

On Saturday, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-2-22 establishing consumer protections against price gouging on at-home COVID-19 tests. The order comes as the state and nation continues to grapple with significant surges in COVID-19 cases, largely due to the omicron variant.

The order prohibits sellers from increases prices on COVID-19 home test kits by more than 10 percent. The order also provides additional tools to the California Department of Justice and the Attorney General’s Office, District Attorneys, and other local law enforcement to take action against price gouges.

Additional information from the Governor’s Office is available here.