Here's how California can fully and safely reopen in June

Joanna Estrada
Апреля 7, 2021

The following day, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a target statewide reopening date of June 15, provided certain public health criteria are met.

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California plans to lift most coronavirus restrictions on businesses and workplaces June 15. "We will need to remain vigilant, and continue the practices that got us here - wearing masks and getting vaccinated - but the light at the end of this tunnel has never been brighter".

Those who get sick after vaccination, he noted, seem to have less-severe illness and are less likely to end up in a hospital bed. It is the county's third-straight week under 5.9, posting a 4.9 last week and a 5.5 two weeks ago. California has now administered over 20 million doses. That number is expected to surpass 30 million by the end of the month, Newsom said.

Eligibility for the vaccine is also increasing.

As ABC 7 reports, 42% of Californians have now received a first dose of a COVID vaccine, and 23% are fully inoculated with a second shot or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine - upwards of 7,350,000 people as of today. In short, Newsom said, it'd be "business as usual...we're moving past the dimmer switch".

Already receiving more than 2 million doses per week, Newsom said the June 15 sunset of the tier system is a signal that the vaccine supply chain will become even more robust in May.

"With all of that, we are at the stage where we're ready to consider the next aspect of our pandemic response, " Ghaly said. The state will continue contact tracing and testing.

The reopening date could change based on case rates, hospitalizations and vaccine efficacy, officials said.

Both Ghaly and Newsom stressed that the mask mandate would stay in place in California, with Ghaly saying there is "no timeline for ending the mask requirement".

Gavin Newsom said in a tweet that California has the lowest positivity rate in the country.

Officials say the state will discard the color-coded "Blueprint to a Safer Economy" the four-tier, color-coded system that guided economic reopening through a series of restrictions and capacity limits. The majority of the state's population - 80% - is now at a moderate-risk level, allowing for some indoor business to operate with modifications.

Unless testing or vaccination status is verified for all attendees, conventions will be capped at 5,000 people until October 1, and worldwide convention attendees will only be allowed if fully vaccinated.

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