California Ending Most Covid Restrictions: ‘We’ll Be Opening Up on June 15’

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California Governor Gavin Newsom; courtesy of California Governor's website

Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by Tom Tapp on April 6, 2021.

“We’ll be opening up on June 15, this economy…business as usual,” said California Governor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday. “We are announcing now that on June 15 we will be getting rid of the colored [reopening] tiers.” Earlier in the day, the state’s top health official spoke in detail about the planned reopening.

“The Blueprint as it’s devised now will no longer be in effect as of June 15,” said California Director of Health Services Dr. Mark Ghaly on Tuesday. He was referring to the state’s tiered reopening plan, which has kept some businesses closed and allowed others to slowly reopen. Ghaly emphasized that the date will hold so long as vaccines are available and so long as the state sees a low level of disease.

Newsom noted that, as cases rise across the country, California’s numbers are declining and the state has “the lowest case rates, positivity rates in America.” The governor also noted the state has passed 20 million vaccine doses delivered, more than all but five countries worldwide. Tuesday’s announcement is based on the assumption that vaccine supplies continue to increase and Californians will continue to get them in increasing numbers. …

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