California is reopening on June 15. Some changes are expected to remain post pandemic. The grand reopening of the first state whose Governor Newsom took the pandemic seriously enough to shut down the state which had decreased the spread of COVID-19 in the densely populated state. Now the Golden State is reawakening to a new normal.
Those who have been vaccinated can now go mask less as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a few weeks ago but will have to follow guidelines set by the CDC for public transportation, in hospitals, in schools, in jails, in childcare centers and more. There is some lack of clarity on mask usage and Governor Newsom has said that he will clear up the “ambiguity” by signing an executive order later this week.
According to the new health order public health measures will stay in place only for huge events which have more than 5,000 people indoor and more than 10,000 outdoor. The color-coding system will be obsolete. All venues which fall below the above-mentioned number of people will no longer have limited capacity rules nor will social distancing be implemented.
Newsom said that with nearly 40 million people vaccinated and with the state having one of the lowest case rates across America, they are lifting orders that had affected the daily lives of Californians. Newsom also accepted that that people are expected to tell the truth about their vaccine status as per CDC mask wearing guidelines.
All provisions and rules that were set by the state are not expected to be lifted immediately. Some will be phased out slowly and the governor’s office estimated that about 90 percent of the executive orders will be lifted by September.
According to CDC data about 72 percent of adults living in California have taken at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and about 59 percent of all the residents have received at least one dose.
The state is also the third lowest in the seven-day death rate per capita and seventh lowest in the infection rate per seven-day week per capita in all the 50 states of the nation.