California, the first state to put a lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, plans to fully reopen the state’s activities and businesses from June 15 based on falling infection rates and low hospital stays in the state, Mark Ghaly announced Tuesday known.
Given the large number of Covid-19 vaccinations given to date, which now exceeds 20 million doses, the state will no longer use the four-tier system that has been referred to as the “blueprint for a safer economy” since last August. Ghaly cited the rationale for the reopening plan as “stable and low disease burden” as well as “continuous improvement and low hospitalization” in the state.
California reported the lowest positivity rate in the country at 1.7%, far from its high of 17.1% in early January when the state was hit by a post-vacation spike.
The entire state will reopen as a whole on June 15, rather than the county-by-county approach that has been in place for nearly a year to tighten and relax restrictions.
State health officials will continue to use science and data to guide reopening and variants will be closely monitored, Ghaly promised, adding that “necessary precautions” will be taken if there is an increase in Covid-19 hospital stays.
The California mask mandate remains in place and focuses specifically on what Ghaly describes as “high-risk” indoor attitudes. “Masking is an important protective feature that protects those who are not yet eligible for a vaccine,” said Ghaly.
California’s Vaccination Numbers: To date, California has given more than 7 million doses of vaccine than any other state, outperforming many other countries, including France and Germany, according to Ghaly. Approximately 70% of senior Californians have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and over 4 million doses have been given in the state’s hardest-hit communities.
“We are checking the delivery and availability of vaccines. If the offer is not there, we may make some changes on the June 15th date. We need to make sure that all Californians interested in and eligible for vaccination have a reasonable amount of time to get it, ”said Ghaly.
There is currently no plan in California to establish or implement a vaccination record plan system. However, some companies are already looking into the possibility of verifying that their customers are vaccinated.
“Part of the idea is that we can boot up safely, and it will also provide an incentive because people are allowed to do more activities because they are vaccinated,” said state economic adviser Dee Dee Myers.
Some sectors, like large conventions with more than 5,000 people, need to show that all participants are either vaccinated or tested. This restriction will remain in place until October 1st. Ghaly also spoke about the multi-day Coachella music festival that draws thousands to the southern California desert annually, noting that it may not be able to reopen at the same size and scale, only state officials are working with organizers and event planners work together to ensure the safety of all attendees.
Since Covid-19 first threatened the world, nearly 3.6 million Californians have been infected and more than 58,000 have died from it.