California aims to fully reopen its economy by mid-June, Governor Gavin Newsom said on Tuesday.
The state could end its four-tier system for reopening on June 15, Newsom said, provided two conditions are met, namely that there is an adequate supply of vaccines for residents aged 16. and more who wish to be vaccinated and that hospitalization rates for coronavirus are stable and low. .
Abandoning the tiered system would allow all areas of the most populous U.S. state to return to normal operations, but with “common sense public health policies in place,” the governor’s office said in a statement. communicated.
“We can now start planning our lives after the pandemic. We will have to remain vigilant and continue the practices that brought us here – wearing masks and getting vaccinated – but the light at the end of this tunnel has never been so bright, ”said the governor.
When asked if he would consider ending the state’s face covering requirement, Newsom said “we have no plans, in the short term, to lift this mandate.”
California has become one of the hotspots for the coronavirus in a winter wave that swept through the United States. Due to record infection rates and dwindling hospital resources, more than 90% of the state’s nearly 40 million people became subject to stay-at-home orders as their counties entered the level. Most restrictive “purple” of the reopening system.
Pandemic measures have improved since then and many areas of the state, including the most populous Los Angeles County, have managed to move to less restrictive levels. This allowed them to reopen non-essential businesses and theme parks and organize sporting events.
Over the past week, California has averaged about 46 new infections per 100,000 people per day, which is among the five lowest per capita case rates in the United States, according to data from the Centers for Disease. Control and Prevention.
Public health authorities have confirmed 873 cases of B.1.1.7, the variant of the coronavirus which was first identified in the UK, California. It is the fifth of all states, behind Florida, Michigan, Minnesota and Colorado.