Nomore reopening tiers, no more capacity limits, and a big change for the maskmandate
SAN FRANCISCO -- OnTuesday, California is fully reopening its economy. What exactly does thatmean? We break down everything you need to know.
First off, the state is ditching the color-coded reopeningsystem. All counties, regardless of how high or low coronavirustransmission is, are allowed to reopen all at the same time.
In short, pretty much everything will be allowed to goback to normal, especially if you're vaccinated. There aren't any requiredcapacity limits, no more physical distancing, and much looser mask mandates.
All those lifted restrictions are at the state level.Counties, cities and local businesses still have the right to set their owncapacity limits or other rules, as they see fit.
There are just a few places where vaccinated people stillneed to wear masks, including hospitals, prisons, homeless shelters, duringtravel (including air travel and mass transit) and while indoors at K-12schools.
If you're not vaccinated, you'll still be required to weara mask in all indoor public settings.
How will businesses be able to tell the difference? That'strickier. Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said businesseshave three options:
● Allow individuals to "self attest" they've beenvaccinated
● Implement a vaccine verification system
● Require everyone to wear a mask
If a business has information posted visibly about the newguidelines (that unvaccinated people still need to wear masks) and someonewalks into a business without a mask on, that should be interpreted as someoneself attesting they are vaccinated, Ghaly said.
These sort of "mega events" -- as the state iscalling them -- are the only area with some COVID-19 restrictions still inplace after June 15.
At outdoor live events with more than 10,000 people, California will recommendvenues have a verification of vaccination/negative test in place. Those whoaren't vaccinated or who don't show a negative test result can still enter ifthey wear a mask. This is a recommendation from the state, not a requirement.
● Indoor venues with 5,000 or more people are required toimplement a similar verification. However, at these indoor events,non-vaccinated people who don't show a negative COVID-19 test result can'tenter, the state says. This is a requirement, not a recommendation.
Oracle Park has announced it will no longer be requiringproof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test starting June 25. It will alsobe discontinuing the use of a "fully vaccinated" section of seats,but will offer some tickets in a socially distanced section.
These new state guidelines are going to be in place forconferences, conventions, concerts, sporting events and the like until Oct. 1.The California Department of Public Health says it will re-evaluate thesituation on Sept. 1 and decide if an extension is necessary.
Fully vaccinated people are allowed to do pretty mucheverything they were doing before the pandemic without needing to wear a mask.That includes grocery shopping, going to the gym, drinking at a bar, seeing amovie or going to church.