California is set to move away from its current color-coded tier system, which at the moment is used to regulate the opening and closure of the economy and live events on a county-by-county basis. Instead, the Governor said while visiting San Francisco, the entire state of California will enter this new phase at the same time.
Admittedly, the details of what “fully open” means aren’t quite as clear as we would want yet. The state said “everyday activities” will be allowed to resume and businesses can reopen with “common-sense risk reduction measures,” such as wearing masks.
Gov. Newsom did make a point to state that California’s mask mandate wouldn’t be lifted anytime soon.
“This disease is as deadly as it’s ever been. The only thing that we have done is suppress the spread because of the number of vaccines that have been administered and because of mask wearing,” Newsom said.
There are two conditions that the full reopening is contingent on, according to the state:
“If vaccine supply is sufficient for Californians 16 years and older who wish to be inoculated”
“If hospitalization rates are stable and low”
“The California Department of Public Health will also continue to monitor case rates, hospitalizations and vaccine efficacy, it says, and reserves the right to move the June 15 date if it deems necessary.
California’s Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said Tuesday the state would look at hospitalization rates as a whole, but also focus on who is being admitted into hospital beds with COVID-19, and whether or not those patients had received the vaccine. If people who have been vaccinated start to become hospitalized with the virus, that would be of particular concern.”