California is moving forward with a dramatic reopening of the economy on June 15 that will remove nearly all of the restrictions residents have been living with for more than a year.
The move comes as daily coronavirus cases have plummeted and vaccinations have increased in the state.
Under new guidance released Friday, here’s what the lay of the land will be, come June 15:
- No more physical distancing requirements for attendees, customers and guests at almost all businesses and other institutions.
- No more coronavirus-related capacity limitations.
- California will generally align with mask guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Restrictions at restaurants, open bars and buffets will go away.
- Organizers of indoor events with more than 5,000 people, such as a basketball game, will be required to verify that attendees are either fully vaccinated or have tested negative within 72 hours of the event’s start time.
- Organizers of outdoor events with more than 10,000 attendees will be recommended, but not required, to do the same, though venues in those instances will have the option of allowing unvaccinated and untested attendees, provided those people wear a mask at all times.