Newsom said the state would lift its tiered system of risk and restriction known as the "Blueprint for a Safer Economy" contingent on those public health indicators, with its mask mandate and other "common-sense health measures" to remain in place.
It's a marked difference from the state's current approach to reopening. And hospitalizations rates must remain "stable and low". There are differing rules depending on the county.
The reopening date could change based on case rates, hospitalizations and vaccine efficacy, officials said. "We need to make sure that all Californians interested in getting vaccinated, who are eligible, have a reasonable period of time to get that", Ghaly said. "And on June 15, all things being equal and we continue that good work, we'll have moved beyond that blueprint and we'll be opening up this economy at business as usual".
So far, California has administered over 20 million vaccine doses, with 4 million people in the state's hardest-hit communities receiving vaccinations. That number is expected to increase, with Newsom anticipating that more than 30 million doses will have been administered by the end of the month. Newsom said he intends to keep the face-covering mandate in place, and warned that the full reopening could be postponed if the public doesn't follow that safety practice.
California had some of the nation's strictest pandemic rules, becoming the first to institute a statewide stay-at-home order last spring.
State officials chose the June 15 date because it is eight weeks after April 15, when everyone 16 and older becomes eligible for vaccinations. Counties now have to record less than 4.0 new cases per 100,000.
"What we've seen is those who get vaccinated have a high degree of protection from significant disease", Ghaly said.
According to CNN, some sectors, such as conventions or other indoor events with more than 5,000 people, will be required to demonstrate that all attendees are either vaccinated or tested.
The pandemic has taken its toll on California, leaving more than 58,000 people dead, businesses closed and students out of classrooms for much of the year. "In addition, all schools and universities would be re-opened for in-person instruction". But the decision on how and when to reopen has been largely left to local school districts and teachers unions.
"It is incumbent upon all of us not to state mission accomplished, not to put down our guard, but to continue with vigilance that got us to where we are today", Gov. Gavin Newsom said today from San Francisco.
School reopenings have lagged behind the rest of the country in California.
California can fully reopen its economy in June, but only if the state reaches two important benchmarks.
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