By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Sources: Office of the Governor of California Gavin Newsom and California Department of Public Health (Information):
California: After over a year of public health restrictions, color-coded tier systems and mask mandates due to the COVID-19 pandemic, California’s economy will reopen on Tuesday, June 15th, 2021.
Here is some information regarding what this means for you and your state.
*** What’s Going To Happen Starting Today?:
California ditches the color-coded reopening system.
All counties, regardless of how high or low coronavirus transmission is, will be allowed to reopen all at the same time.
There will be no capacity limits or physical distancing requirements for businesses, however, counties, cities and local businesses can set their own requirements should they choose to do so.
You only don’t have to wear a mask if you are vaccinated, and individual businesses can require their customers to wear a mask or prove that they have been vaccinated.
Unless an individual business requires proof of vaccination, it will be the honor system.
*** Regarding Face Masks:
– Starting today and you are fully vaccinated, people can stop wearing masks in most places throughout California, including grocery stores, going to the gym, drinking at a bar, seeing a movie or going to church.
But, places in California where people will still have to wear masks.
According to the California Department of Public Health, masks are not required for fully vaccinated individuals, except in the following settings where masks are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status:
– On public transit (examples: airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-shares) and in transportation hubs (examples: airport, bus terminal, marina, train station, seaport or other port, subway station, or any other area that provides transportation)
– Indoors in K-12 schools, childcare and other youth settings. This may change as updated K-12 schools guidance is forthcoming, pending updates for K-12 operational guidance from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
– Healthcare settings, including long term care facilities.
– State and local correctional facilities and detention centers.
– Homeless shelters, emergency shelters and cooling centers.
Vaccinated people may continue to wear face coverings in settings where they are not mandatory if they choose to do so.
The California Department of Public Health said, “No person can be prevented from wearing a mask as a condition of participation in an activity or entry into a business.”
– Starting today and you are not fully vaccinated, people will still be required to wear a mask in all indoor public settings throughout California.
According to the California Department of Public Health, masks are required for unvaccinated individuals in indoor public settings and businesses, including retail, restaurants, theaters, family entertainment centers, meetings, state and local government offices serving the public.
California’s mask rules for those who are not fully vaccinated will be the same as they have been for almost a year.
Face coverings remain mandatory in most indoor settings outside of one’s own home, and in outdoor settings when one cannot keep six feet of distance from others.
Some indoor exceptions remain; face masks aren’t required when in a car alone, or only with members of the same household, and when working alone in a closed room or office space.
*** Regarding Exemptions to Face Masks Requirements:
According to the California Department of Public Health, the following individuals are exempt from wearing masks at all times:
– Persons younger than two years old. Very young children must not wear a mask because of the risk of suffocation.
– Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a mask. This includes persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a mask could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a mask without assistance.
– Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
– Persons for whom wearing a mask would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.
*** Regarding How Businesses and Events Verify Vaccination Status:
In regards to how businesses and venues go about determining who is and isn’t vaccinated will largely be up to the individual establishment as of today.
According to the California Department of Public Health, in settings where masks are required only for unvaccinated individuals, businesses, venue operators or hosts may choose to:
– Provide information to all patrons, guests and attendees regarding vaccination requirements and allow vaccinated individuals to self-attest that they are in compliance prior to entry.
– Implement vaccine verification to determine whether individuals are required to wear a mask.
– Require all patrons to wear masks.
No person can be prevented from wearing a mask as a condition of participation in an activity or entry into a business.
*** Regarding Workplace COVID-19 Guidelines:
The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board is set to consider revising its conflicting rules on Thursday, June 17th, 2021.
Currently, the rules require all workers – vaccinated or not vaccinated – to remain masked and physically distanced on the job, and the rule apply in almost every workplace in the state, including workers in offices, factories and retail.
California Governor Gavin Newsom said that he expects to take executive steps to make the worksite regulations take effect before a typical 10 day administrative law review, which would push back the new rules until at least Monday, June 28th, 2021.
The revised workplace rules released on Friday, June 11th, 2021 which the board will consider said that fully vaccinated employees would not need to wear masks, except in locations like classrooms and mass transit where they are required for everyone, or in the event of outbreaks.
*** Regards “Mega Events”:
These sorted as what the State of California calls “Mega Events” are the only area with some COVID-19 restrictions still in place after today.
Starting today, for outdoor live events with more than 10,000 people, these venues in California are recommended to have a verification of vaccination/negative test in place.
Those who aren’t vaccinated or who don’t show a negative test result can still enter if they wear a mask.
This is a recommendation from the state, not a requirement.
Starting today, for indoor venues with 5,000 or more people, these venues in California are required to implement a similar verification.
However, at these indoor events, non-vaccinated people who don’t show a negative COVID-19 test result can’t enter.
This is a requirement, not a recommendation.
These guidelines apply to events such as conferences, conventions, concerts, and sporting events until Friday, October 1st, 2021.
The California Department of Public Health said it will re-evaluate the guidance on Wednesday, September 1st, 2021 and decide if an extension is necessary.
*** Regarding Places of Worship:
Starting today, capacity limits and social distancing requirements on places of worship will end aside from “mega-events” which include more than 5,000 people indoors or 10,000 people outdoors.
The large-scale events may require proof of vaccination or a negative test to attend.
*** Regarding Bars and Restaurants:
Starting today, bars and restaurants will no longer require the use of disposable utensils and individual condiment packets.
Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear masks, but unvaccinated individuals are.
*** Regarding Amusement Parks:
Starting today, amusement parks in California can return to full capacity and out-of-state guests are permitted once again, but questions about COVID-19 safety requirements vary depending on which theme park you’re heading to.
Make sure to check out the website before heading to the park.
*** Regarding Travel Outside California:
Starting today, all of California’s restrictions on travel outside the state will be lifted.
According to California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly, any travel restrictions down the line will be in alignment with the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In addition, California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said that California is not considering creating a vaccine passport at this time.
Good luck and good health to all of California’s economy reopening today, will sure missed your business and your present.