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California aims to completely reopen its economy by mid-June, Governor Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday.
The state could end the four-tier system of reopening on June 15, Newsom said, provided two conditions are met, namely, residents 16 and older who are vaccinated have a supply of vaccines and coronary artery hospitalization rates are stable and low. .
A change from the phased system would allow all sectors of the most populous U.S. state to return to normal operations, but “common sense public health policies are in place,” the governor’s office said in a statement.
“Now we can start planning our lives after the pandemic. We need to be vigilant and continue with the practices that have driven us here – wearing masks and getting vaccinated – but the light at the end of this tunnel has never been clearer,” the governor said.
Asked if he would consider ending the state’s requirement to cover his face, Newsom said “we do not anticipate, in the short term, the removal of that mandate.”
California became one of the hottest spots for coronavirus during the winter in the U.S. As infection rates and hospital resources dwindle, with more than 90 percent of the state’s nearly 40 million residents able to order a home, their counties were reopened into the most restrictive “purple” level of the system.
Pandemic metrics have improved since then and in several parts of the state, including the most populous county in Los Angeles, they have managed to reach less restrictive levels. This will allow non-essential businesses and theme parks to reopen and host sporting events.
Last week, California had an average of 46,000 new infections per 100,000 people a day, which is one of the five lowest rates per capita in the U.S., according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Public health authorities have confirmed B.1.1.7 873 cases, a variant of coronavirus that was first identified in the UK, California. That’s the fifth in any state, after Florida, Michigan, Minnesota and Colorado.