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Posted on: June 15, 2021

California Reopens Economy and Lifts Many COVID-19 Orders

California Fully Reopens Its Economy, meaning no more distancing and capacity limits

The State of California has moved beyond the Blueprint and is fully reopening the economy. As of June 15, 2021, the Governor is terminating the executive orders that put into place the Stay Home Order and the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. This means no more physical distancing, no capacity limits on businesses, no county tiers, and relaxed mask guidance. The State is also phasing out the vast majority of executive actions in place since March 2020 as part of the pandemic response, leaving a subset of provisions that facilitate the ongoing recovery.

Read the Governor’s new orders: N-07-21 (PDF), N-08-21 (PDF).

New State Public Health Orders

The public health officer has issued a new public health order effective June 15, superseding all prior health orders. The new order has limited restrictions only related to masking and mega-events and settings serving children and youth pending an expected update to the K-12 School guidance by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance.

The public health officer has also issued new guidance on masks and has ended the Travel Advisory.

STATE MASK Guidance for individuals

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 and in transportation hubs;
  • Indoors in K-12 schools, childcare, and other youth settings;
    • Note: This may change as updated K-12 schools guidance is forthcoming, pending updates for K-12 operational guidance from the CDC.
  • Healthcare settings (including long term care facilities);
  • State and local correctional facilities and detention centers; and
  • Homeless shelters, emergency shelters, and cooling centers.

Additionally, masks are required** for unvaccinated individuals in indoor public settings and businesses (examples: retail, restaurants, theaters, family entertainment centers, meetings, state and local government offices serving the public).

For additional information, individuals should review CDPH's Masking Guidance Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Exemptions to mask requirements

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 deaf and hard of hearing, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication; and
  • 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.

Impact on CITY OPERATIONs

In compliance with State public health orders, signs will be installed outside City facility entrances to educate the public about current mask guidance for individuals. Additionally, the City must adhere to guidance for "other youth settings" during relevant indoor events hosted in City facilities, pending an expected update from the CDC.

Additional impacts to City operations will be listed on the City's COVID-19 page.

Vaccination opPORTUNITIES

There are a variety of opportunities to get vaccinated, with many providers accepting walk-ins. For more information, visit the City's COVID-19 vaccination information page.