The governor aims to reopen California by mid-June, but on certain conditions.
On Tuesday, California Governor Gavin Newsom said that California would be reopened fully by the mid of June as the number of coronavirus cases is declining. No doubt, this is good news for those who have had suffered a lot due to the lockdown. However, the Golden State needs to meet two specific criteria. The first one is that there is a sufficient supply of the COVID-19 vaccine for 16-year-old children and old-age people who want to be inoculated. The second one is that COVID-19 hospitalizations remain low and stable till mid-June. The Democratic governor also said there was no plan to lift the mask mandate at this time.
A Big Decision for Californians
This is indeed a big step for Californians. However, people should cooperate and respect the policies formulated for their benefit. In a statement to CBS News, Gavin Newsom has said that this was the right “time to turn the page” as more than twenty million vaccines have already been administered across California. "Everyday activities will be allowed and businesses can open with common-sense risk reduction measures," the governor's office revealed.
"We can now begin planning for our lives post-pandemic," Newsom said in the statement. "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." The governor shared the same news on the official Twitter account too to let more and more people know what’s going to happen this summer. If California is fully reopened, the chance is that the color-coded Blueprint for a Safer Economy will be ended.
People Will Restart Businesses
With the full reopening, daily activities will be allowed. Also, businesses can be opened and run normally. However, people are strongly recommended to take common-sense risk reduction measures into consideration. Californians have been encouraged to get vaccinated and mandate masks.In the meantime, the state will continue testing different people to detect cases at an early stage. This will prevent the spread of the virus. Also, the state will keep monitoring the rate of hospitalization. It will be ensured that vaccine is available to everyone. Vaccine efficacy against variants will be monitored and may get revised till June 15 if needed.
According to CNN, California was one of the first states to implement the lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. The plan to fully reopen the businesses and activities is based on the low hospitalization rate and falling infection rate, Health, and Human Services Mark Ghaly said yesterday.
Reuters also reports that about 3.6 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported in California since the pandemic started and that about 59,000 people have died. Hopefully, other states will also consider taking such decisions. It all depends on the hospitalization rate and infection rate. If fewer people are infected and hospitalized, things will definitely change in the coming days or weeks.