With California set to fully reopen on June 15, the state will drop its stay-at-home order and is revising health directives as it begins to roll back most pandemic-related executive orders, Gov. Gavin Newsom said.
A new health order will go into effect Tuesday, allowing for vaccinated individuals to go without a face covering in most situations. Masks will still be required on public transportation, and indoors in hospitals, and jails. The same goes for schools, child care centers and K-12 schools pending updated guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cal OSHA is in the process of reviewing face covering guidelines for workplaces and is expected to release a new draft later today.
California will stop limiting capacity and enforcing physical distancing at all venues, and the color-coded tier system for each county will be retired, according to a release from the governor’s office.
“California is turning the page on this pandemic, thanks to swift action by the state and the work of Californians who followed public health guidelines and got vaccinated to protect themselves and their communities,” Newsom said. “With nearly 40 million vaccines administered and among the lowest case rates in the nation, we are lifting the orders that impact Californians on a day-to-day basis while remaining vigilant to protect public health and safety as the pandemic persists.”
Public health measures will remain only for mega-events with 5,000 or more people indoors or 10,000 attendees outdoors, in which vaccine verification will be required or at least recommended, according to a revised health order which will be implemented at midnight on June 15.
Some executive orders will remain in place, including one that allows pharmacy technicians to administer vaccine doses. Some provisions will be slowly retired, with about 90% of the governor's pandemic-related executive orders to be lifted by September, Newsom’s office estimated.
Health officials plan to keep these new guidelines in place until at least October.