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California reopens, pulls back COVID restrictions

Today, June 15, marks the reopening of California’s economy, bringing the state closer to a pre-COVID state of affairs. The City of Milpitas sent out a news release yesterday summarizing how things will change.

For starters, California’s color-coded tiered framework, Blueprint for a Safer Economy, is gone. It’s been replaced by a new set of guidelines called Beyond the Blueprint… 

This means that social distancing rules in public no longer apply.

It also means that public gatherings will not be subject to any limits as to their capacity.

And it means unvaccinated Californians are discouraged from traveling out of state for non-essential reasons, and should get COVID tests prior to and after travel, and quarantine for 7 days upon their return to California.

In addition, it means masking is subject to California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidance. The short version: If you’re fully vaccinated, you only need to wear a mask on public transportation; in indoor youth settings; in healthcare settings; at jails, prisons, and detention centers; and in shelters and cooling centers.

If you’re not vaccinated, you need to keep masking when in indoor public places and businesses.

And finally, the new guidelines mean that indoor events with 5,000 or more attendees and outdoor events with 10,000 or more attendees require all who attend to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

These changes come on the heels of a successful California vaccination effort, with officials vocally urging continued vaccination. Those with questions on the new guidelines can phone a special COVID-19 hotline at 1-833-422-4255 (hours: Mon-Fri, 8am to 8pm; Sat, 8am to 5pm). Businesses with questions can inquire by email at EssentialServicesInquiries@cdph.ca.gov.

Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is an acclaimed, award-winning writer-filmmaker and has served as a ghostwriter, speechwriter, or script doctor for over 3,000 clients. His first novel is a dark political thriller called "Red Dennis" (2020). His first nonfiction book is a guide for helping writers be more productive called "Ass Plus Seat" (2020). He co-hosts the "House of Mystery Radio Show" on NBC News Radio. Eric's books can be purchased here.

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