South San Francisco, CA June 1, 2021 by Chamber President Jim McGuire
The final countdown has begun! June 15th cannot come any faster! On June 15, the governor said California will fully open its economy if two criteria are met: If vaccine supply is sufficient for Californians 16 years and older who wish to be inoculated; and if hospitalization rates are stable and low. The Centers for Disease Control has indicated those who have been fully vaccinated will no longer have to wear masks unless in crowded settings. We all know that guidelines have been “as clear as mud” and many of us have found it very confusing. Wear a mask, do not wear a mask, can I eat inside, can I have a drink at the bar? Well, in 2 short weeks, we will be experiencing life almost back to normal before the pandemic. It is hard to believe, and it will probably take some adjusting.
Here is what we know:
- 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.
- The requirement/recommendation for testing and vaccine verification will remain in effect through Oct. 1, though state officials will assess conditions prior to that to determine how, or whether, to update or extend that guidance.
- California’s travel advisory will be loosened. Currently, nonessential unvaccinated travelers returning or entering California are still recommended to get tested for the virus before travel and after arrival. They are also asked to quarantine themselves for seven days, even if they test negative. By June 15, the state will likely loosen quarantine recommendations for unvaccinated people who are traveling within the U.S.
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