Friday, 16 April, 2021

California To Fully Open Economy June 15

San Diego about the San Diego's newest pop-up vaccination site in the City Heights neighborhood. (Nelvin C. Cepeda  The San Diego Union-Tribun California plans to lift most coronavirus restrictions on businesses June 15, keep mask mandate
Cecil Davis | 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.

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India reported 81,466 new COVID-19 cases and 469 coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24 hours, the ministry said. Panigrahi informed that 33,04,732 people had received the jab in Odisha and the target is to vaccinate 1.16 crore.

He says the nation's most populated state won't reopen more widely unless there's a sufficient vaccine supply and hospitalization rates stay low.

However, the state's face mask mandate will remain in place indefinitely, along with so-called "social distancing" and the pressure to vaccinate.

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

Effective June 15, he said the state will end its current blueprint system that places counties in a color-coded tier system.

The governor said he will fully re-open the state on that date if the thresholds are met.

"There will be no barrier to having our kids back for in-person instruction, " Newsom added. Although he stopped short of saying they would be required to do so.