California Reopening Tentatively Set For June 15, With Caveats

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Still, the Democratic governor, who has overseen some of the most restrictive pandemic rules in the country, said it was time to forge ahead because the state's infection rate is among the lowest in the USA and 20 million vaccines have been administered so far.

Ghaly stressed, however, that a statewide mask mandate will remain in place "to prevent illness and promote health". Orange tier rules also allow up to 67 percent of the seats at Petco Park to be put in play if all fans occupying them have either been fully vaccinated or have tested negative for coronavirus. 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. "We are seeing the bright light at the end of the tunnel, and on June 15, all things being equal - continue that good work - we'll have moved beyond the blueprint and we'll be opening up this economy and business as usual". 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.

A statewide mask mandate will stay in effect, Newsom said, and he cautioned that California will reopen more widely in mid-June only if vaccine supply is sufficient and hospitalization rates stay stable and low.

He said officials are designing a system that will be able to administer some 5.8 million doses on a weekly basis, more than double the capacity of the approximately 2.5 million it received last week from the federal government. "The state will monitor hospitalization rates, vaccine access and vaccine efficacy against variants, with the option to revisit the June 15 date if needed".

Gavin Newsom (D) says the time has come to start "planning for our lives post-pandemic".

Kevin Faulconer, a former San Diego mayor and Republican who is hoping to replace Newsom, said in a statement that "it took millions of Californians signing a recall petition for him to finally begin reopening our state".

Gavin Newsom said in a tweet that California has the lowest positivity rate in the country. The state is now using October 1st as a benchmark when more, large-scale events may be able to operate without restriction.

On June 15, the state will be "getting rid of the blueprint as you know it today", Newsom said at a press briefing.

Schools and institutions of higher education should conduct full-time, in-person instruction in compliance with state and federal health guidelines, the memo added.