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California to lift social distacing on June 15



California health officials announced Friday the state would no longer require social distancing and allow businesses to operate fully, per the AP.


Driving the news:

Dr. Mark Ghaly, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, said that the state might unwind nearly all of its restrictions because virus infections have declined drastically and vaccines have continued.

  • The state's color-coded four-tier system, which restricts activities based on the virus prevalence in each county, will be phased out in mid-June.

  • The ending of social distancing doesn't mean the end of mask-wearing; the state will be implementing the CDC's new mask guidelines, so for indoor events with more than 5,000 attendees, the state will require immunization documentation or negative test results.

  • According to governmental guidelines, everyone should wear masks in crowded indoor areas such as airplanes, buses, hospitals, and jails.

The state of play: For weeks, Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has stated that the state expects to ease most commercial and social restrictions by June 15.

  • According to Dr. Ghaly, California doesn't intend to produce or require a vaccination "passport" or other formal certification.

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