What will California look like when the state reopens on June 15th?



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California is set to reopen June 15th, allowing people to return to life before the pandemic. As of Tuesday, fully vaccinated Californians will not have to wear a mask in most settings.

According to the CDC, People are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If you don’t meet these requirements, you are NOT fully vaccinated.

The California Department of Health says fully vaccinated people can:

  • Spend time with other fully vaccinated people, including indoors, without wearing masks or physical distancing (outside a workplace setting).
  • Spend time with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing.
  • Refrain from wearing face coverings outdoors except when attending crowded outdoor events, such as live performances, parades, fairs, festivals, sports events, or other similar settings.
  • Refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic [2].

For now, fully vaccinated people should continue to:

  • Take precautions in public including wearing a well-fitted mask indoors, and when attending crowded outdoor events, as described above.
  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • If fully vaccinated people test positive for SARS-CoV-2, they should follow CDPH and local health department guidance regarding isolation and/or exclusion from high risk settings.
    • For workplace settings, employers should follow the exclusion provisions of the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards.
  • Follow CDC, local and state health department travel requirements and recommendations.

Ahead of California’s reopening, Mayor London Breed announced San Francisco is the first major American city with 80% of eligible residents having received a vaccine dose, allowing residents to feel confident in removing nearly all local COVID-19 restrictions.

Governor Gavin Newsom shared news of the state administering 40 million vaccinations ahead of Tuesday’s reopening.

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