California reopened and lifted most of its COVID-19 restrictions on Tuesday, ending a number of capacity limits, social distancing measures and mask requirements.
Quick facts about California lifting COVID-19 restrictions
- California has decided to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
- However, masks are still required for people on public transportation, hospitals, jails and schools, according to CNN.
What did California Gov. Gavin Newsom say?
- “It’s a new day,” Newsom said, per USA Today. “This state is not poised to recover, it’s poised, as was noted, to come roaring back.”
- Newsom told The New York Times: “There is no American recovery without California’s recovery. The good news is the state’s economic recovery is well underway.”
What about face masks?
Face masks are no longer required in the state. Per CNN, California’s Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board originally wanted to require masks in most settings unless everyone was vaccinated. But the board changed course, saying fully vaccinated people don’t need to wear masks in most situations — no matter the vaccination status of others.
What about restaurants?
The Los Angeles Times reports that restaurants can open at full capacity now. Previous restrictions capped capacity at 50%.
What about clubs, family entertainment centers?
- “It’s huge,” she said, adding that for “restaurants, bars, nightclubs, card rooms, family entertainment centers, there will not be specific protocols. ... There will be no capacity limits and no distancing requirements.”
What about big indoor events?
So what if you want to go to the Los Angeles Clippers game at the Staples Center? Per The Los Angeles Times, indoor events can have full capacity as long as they verify if attendees have been fully vaccinated or have tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of start-time.
Did California get bad COVID-19 cases?
Per The New York Times, California saw 3.8 million people infected by the coronavirus and more than 63,000 deaths. That was more deaths than any other state “because of the size of California’s population,” according to The New York Times.
Are people vaccinated?
What about Disneyland?
Disneyland also dropped its mask mandate for everyone in the park, as long as they’re fully vaccinated. Disneyland does not require vaccination cards. Rather, the theme park is relying on the honor system.
Still, the state of California “recommends that all guests be fully vaccinated or obtain a negative COVID-19 test prior to entering the theme parks,” according to Disney Parks. Guests do not have to show a negative test to enter the park, though.