California Sets June 15 for Full Economic Reopening

Goal set dependent on “sufficient” vaccine supply and continued “low” hospitalization rates

California Gov. Gavin Newsom bumps elbows with a teacher at the Ruby Bridges Elementary School in March. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

California will fully reopen its economy on June 15 if the vaccine supply remains “sufficient” and hospitalization rates are “stable and low,” officials announced on Tuesday.

The mask mandate will still remain in place, but California will move away from the color-coded reopening tiers if there are enough vaccines for Californians aged 16 and up and hospitalization rates remain low for those who do have COVID-19.

“With more than 20 million vaccines administered across the state, it is time to turn the page on our tier system and begin looking to fully reopen California’s economy,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement. “We can now begin planning for our lives post-pandemic. 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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