Here's how California can fully and safely reopen in June

Ruben Fields
April 7, 2021

If these are met, "everyday activities will be allowed and businesses can open with common-sense risk reduction measures".

California, the governor noted, has already administered 20 million doses, more "than all but five nations in the world" and anticipates 30 million people across the state will have received at least one dose by the end of April.

The state will fully open its economy and allow all sectors to resume "usual operations" on that date - assuming that residents 16 and older who wish to be inoculated can and hospitalization rates are "stable and low", the governor's office said.

The reopening date could change based on case rates, hospitalizations and vaccine efficacy, officials said.

Given the large number Covid-19 vaccinations administered so far - which surpasses 20 million doses today - the state will stop using the four-tiered system, dubbed the "Blueprint for a Safer Economy", which has been in place since last August. California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly also cautioned that "we will take the necessary precautions" should the state see any "concerning rise in our hospitalizations", per the Los Angeles Times.

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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Rajesh Bhushan said that universal vaccination of already registered HCWs and FLWs should be ensured. A total of 11,83,917 people aged 45 and above were given the first dose on April 2.

California's mask mandate is expected to remain in place.

California can fully reopen its economy in June, but only if the state reaches two important benchmarks. All counties across the state will make the move to reopen simultaneously. According to a statement made Tuesday morning, April 6, by Dr. Wilma Wooten, San Diego's public health officer, the region's latest weekly score came in at 5.8 in Tuesday's report from the California Department of Public Health, though the full statewide report had not yet been released. "We can now begin planning for our lives post-pandemic".

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

"This is really a race, these vaccines, against the variants, against the mutations, " Newsom said. The majority of the state's population - 80% - is now at a moderate-risk level, allowing for some indoor business to operate with modifications.

Schools and institutions of higher education should conduct full-time, in-person instruction in compliance with state and federal health guidelines, the memo added. "We will need to remain vigilant, and continue the practices that got us here - wearing masks and getting vaccinated - but the light at the end of this tunnel has never been brighter". Although he stopped short of saying they would be required to do so.

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