Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by Tom Tapp on June 15, 2021.
“We are here,” announced Governor Gavin Newsom from a stage at Universal Studios Hollywood, “[on] June 15, to turn the page, to move beyond capacity limits, to move beyond color coding, to move beyond social distancing and physical distancing and yes… move beyond wearing these masks.” He then quickly added, “Full disclosure: There are a few caveats and details in that respect, but we’ll get to those nuances in a moment.”
The vast majority of California’s Covid-19 restrictions were lifted on Tuesday, but mask-wearing will continue to be a reality for non-vaccinated residents and at businesses that opt to require them or for people who simply feel safer wearing them.
Effective at 12:01 a.m., the state officially scrapped its Blueprint for a Safer Economy, the four-tier, color-coded roadmap of restrictions on economic activity and public gatherings based on individual counties’ Covid case rates and testing-positivity rates. Los Angeles County issued a new Health Officer order that mostly aligns with the state reopening. …