California to fully reopen June 15 if state meets specific criteria, governor says

California Governor Gavin Newsom said Tuesday that as long as the Golden State meets two specific criteria, California will fully reopen its economy on June 15. The state must keep the COVID-19 vaccine supply sufficient for everyone 16 and older who wishes to be inoculated and keep hospitalization stable and low, CBS Sacramento reports.

The Democratic governor also said there were no plans to lift the mask mandate at this time.

In a statement, Newsom said it was “time to turn the page” to the next step after COVID-19 with more than 20 million vaccines already administered in California.

“Everyday activities will be allowed and businesses can open with common-sense risk reduction measures,” the governor’s office said in a statement.

“We can now begin planning for our lives post-pandemic,” Newsom said in the statement. “We will need to remain vigilant, and continue the practices that got us here — wearing masks and getting vaccinated — but the light at the end of this tunnel has never been brighter.”

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