Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test will not be required to do virtually anything. However, the state plans to keep in place certain recommendations – and a requirement – on “mega-events”:
- At live outdoor events with more than 10,000 people, California will recommend that venues set up a negative vaccination / test check. Those who are not vaccinated or do not show a negative test result can still enter if they are wearing a mask. This is a state recommendation, not a requirement.
- Indoor venues of 5,000 or more should implement a similar check. However, during these indoor events, unvaccinated people who do not test negative for COVID-19 should not enter, according to the state. It is a requirement, not a recommendation.
When it comes to masking, California plans to fully align with CDC guidelines on June 15.
All California restrictions on out-of-state travel will be lifted. Any travel restrictions down the line will be agreed with CDC, Health and Human Services Secretary Dr Mark Ghaly during a call with reporters on Friday.
California also has no plans to create a vaccine passport at this time, Ghaly said.
These restrictions are lifted statewide. That means we’re going to say goodbye to what California officials are calling the “blueprint for a safer economy.” (Most people know it as the color-coded county level system below.)MAP: CA counties that can, cannot reopen under new rules
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“This does not mean that local public health authorities, local health jurisdictions cannot or do not want to put in place more stringent guidelines based on their local conditions,” Ghaly said. County health officials can always maintain stricter measures if they deem it necessary.
Companies can also maintain capacity limits or require proof of vaccination as they see fit.
“Some companies will decide, you know, to require some level of vaccination verification so that all of their customers feel really comfortable,” Ghaly said. “It’s not something that’s necessarily going to be state-driven, but it could be an operational decision, and we’re trying to be ready to support people who want to do it in a thoughtful and responsible manner. “
Gov. Gavin Newsom has said he wants to make these details public before the June 15 deadline, not only so companies can plan, but “so people can really paint and see this future, post -hide and publish any changes. to this plane. “
When the June 15 reopening date was first announced, the state made it clear it could back the goal post if COVID-19 cases started to climb again. It was not the case; California has had a positivity rate of less than 1% for several consecutive days.
“We’re still on track to hit that June 15 figure,” Newsom said.
Ghaly was asked about what could trigger a potential state lockdown. He said the state would keep a close eye on the number of cases and variants of COVID-19, but did not explain what the worst-case scenario might look like.
“The big message today is that we are in a place with this pandemic where these past demands are no longer needed for the foreseeable future, and we will be watching closely to determine if and when we need further health protections. public to return. at stake, ”he said.
Editor’s Note: This story has been corrected to indicate that the state’s policy on large indoor gatherings is a requirement, not a recommendation.
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