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California will ease most mask requirements by June 15



Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Tuesday that by June 15, California would lift its statewide mask mandate in almost all circumstances.


Why it matters:

Newsom declared in April that if vaccine supply is sufficient and hospitalization rates are low, he would withdraw most of the state's coronavirus public health order on June 15. Still, Newsom and state health officials said at the time that the mask mandate would not be lifted. Later Wednesday afternoon, the Governor told Fox 11 News that California would resemble more of a pre-pandemic time after the deadline.

  • In an interview with Fox 11, Newsom said that the state would require masks "only for those massively large settings where people from around the world, not just around the country, are conversing."

  • Newsom recently chastised Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for repealing the state's mask law, calling it "absolutely reckless."

  • The state's Division of Occupational Safety and Health, commonly called Cal-OSHA, is considering modifying the mask rules so that no one has to wear a mask indoors if everyone is completely vaccinated and no one has symptoms of the coronavirus, the Sacramento Bee reported.

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