California can ‘fully open’ on June 15


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) – State leaders announced Tuesday California is prepared for a complete reopening June 15. 

The announced reopening date is when California officials plan to get rid of the color-coded tier system. 

The plan depends on if California can continue ultra-low COVID-19 trends including hospitalizations and transmission rates. 

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration is confident with its expected vaccine supply and distribution, reopening will soon be a reality. 

“We’ll be getting rid of the colored tiers. We’ll be moving past the dimmer switch. We’ll be getting rid of the blueprint as we know it,” Newsom explained.

The updated guidelines would allow all California counties to resume all activities without state-mandated restrictions. 

California has been using its color-coded blueprint for reopening for 31 weeks and will use it for another 8 1/2 weeks. 

State health officials said they chose the June 15 date with the expectation that hospitalization and transmission rates will remain low and vaccination rates will rise.  

The date falls two months after the state makes everyone 16 and up eligible for the vaccine. 

“We’re going to keep a close eye not just on that hospitalization rate and number but actually understanding who’s in the hospital and whether those who are vaccinated are those who are hospitalized,” explained California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly. 

The state’s mask mandate will still be in place with no plans to get rid of that any time soon. 

“We are committed to extinguishing this disease and we don’t have any short-term goals as it relates to lifting the mask mandate,” Newsom said. 

The governor made Tuesday’s announcement from a vaccination site in the Bay Area. 

The reopening decision comes after California crossed the 20 million doses-distributed mark, with 4 million doses going to the most vulnerable ZIP codes across the state. 

State data showed, as of Tuesday, more than 7.5 million Californians are fully vaccinated and another 6 million are partially vaccinated. 

The governor noted the state now has the lowest COVID-19 positivity rate in the country. 

“It is incumbent upon all of us not to announce mission accomplished, not to put down our guard, but to continue our vigilance that got us where we are today,” Newsom said. 

There are two exceptions to the June 15 reopening plan.  

Convention centers with capacity above 5,000 people are prohibited from reopening unless operators can prove guests are vaccinated and tested.  

Multi-day events and festivals, like Coachella, will also still be prohibited. 

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