California plans to lift most coronavirus restrictions on businesses June 15, keep mask mandate
07 April, 2021, 01:20
Meanwhile, in the Bay Area, eight out of nine counties are now in the "Orange" tier - Sonoma, Napa, and Contra Costa counties were promoted on Tuesday, and now only Solano County remains in the "Red", along with neighboring counties like Sacramento and San Joaquin.
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Under Newsom's plan, California would join Texas, Massachusetts, South Carolina and several other states in dropping most COVID-related restrictions on restaurants.
Under the plan, businesses can open with "common-sense risk reduction measures", including mandated masking and encouraging vaccinations.
"We are seeing bright light at the end of the tunnel", Newsom said at a press conference. "And on June 15, all things being equal and we continue that good work, we'll have moved beyond that blueprint and we'll be opening up this economy at business as usual". Counties now have to record less than 4.0 new cases per 100,000. But he said it could soon be ready to take another step in its pandemic recovery, citing the lower number of hospitalizations and an expected increase in the availability of vaccines provided by the federal government. California's Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Dr. Mark Ghaly, said California has vaccinated 20 million residents and more than 4 million equity doses. Ghaly also addressed the multi-day Coachella music festival that draws thousands to the Southern California desert annually, noting that it may not be able to reopen at the same size and scope, but state officials are working with organizers and event planners to ensure the safety of all participants.
Eligibility for the vaccine is also increasing. There are 32 million people eligible for the vaccine in California. The state has administered more than 7 million more doses than any other US state, Newsom said.
The state will continue contact tracing and testing, and testing or vaccination verification requirements will remain in certain settings, he said in a release.