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California is reopening today. Here’s what you need to know

California was the first state to close down to COVID-19

Visitors wear face masks outdoors while taking pictures of the Hollywood sign.
Some visitors wear face masks outdoors while taking pictures of the Hollywood sign at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles on May 17, 2021. California lifted most of its COVID-19 restrictions on Tuesday, ending a number of capacity limits, social distancing measures and mask requirements.
Damian Dovarganes, Associated Press

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

On Tuesday, California’s new health order went into effect, allowing for fully vaccinated people to walk around without a mask in most situations within the state, CNN reports.

What did California Gov. Gavin Newsom say?

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday that the state is opening again and will see an economic recovery, according to USA Today.

  • “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%.

California, the first state in America to put in place a coronavirus lockdown, is now turning a page on the pandemic.
In this May 4, 2021, file photo, customers chat at Scum and Villainy Cantina, a bar located on Hollywood Blvd, in Los Angeles. California.
Associated Press

What about clubs, family entertainment centers?

Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles County public health director, told The Los Angeles Times that multiple venues will be open to full capacity.

  • “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.

Fans sit shoulder to shoulder of a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants in San Francisco.
Fans sit shoulder to shoulder in a vaccinated section of the stands during the fourth inning of a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants in San Francisco on May 21, 2021.
D. Ross Cameron, Associated Press

Are people vaccinated?

Per USA Today, California has one of the highest vaccination levels in the entire country with 55% having been fully vaccinated and 66% having received at least one shot.

What about Disneyland?

Disneyland will begin allowing people from outside of California to enter the park for the first time beginning on Tuesday, too, as I explained for the Deseret News.

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.