California set to drop restaurant restrictions on June 15

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Still, the Democratic governor, who has overseen some of the most restrictive pandemic rules in the country, said it was time to forge ahead because the state's infection rate is among the lowest in the US and 20 million vaccines have been administered so far.

Newsom said he intends to keep the face-covering mandate in place, and warned that the full reopening could be postponed if the public doesn't follow that safety practice.

Under the plan, businesses can open with "common-sense risk reduction measures", including mandated masking and encouraging vaccinations.

California can fully reopen its economy in June, but only if the state reaches two important benchmarks. "We are seeing a bright light at the end of the tunnel".

California, the governor noted, has already administered 20 million doses, more "than all but five nations in the world" and anticipates 30 million people across the state will have received at least one dose by the end of April. He cautioned that the tentative plan is subject to vaccine supply and hospitalization rates, adding that officials will monitor those metrics "with the option to revisit" the target date if needed, though did not specify any numbers. We have come together as Californians to save thousands of lives.

Kevin Faulconer, a former San Diego mayor and Republican who is hoping to replace Newsom, said in a statement that "it took millions of Californians signing a recall petition for him to finally begin reopening our state".

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The ongoing research found the vaccine was 91.3% efficacious against the disease a half year after a second dose was administered. But he added it will be crucial to see how long antibody levels are maintained after people have had a Covid-19 vaccine.

The state loosened the limits for orange Tuesday, April 6, because it has now sent more than 4 million vaccine doses to neighborhoods across the state deemed to have the worst access to health care and other resources necessary for healthy living.

"With all of that, we are at the stage where we're ready to consider the next aspect of our pandemic response, " Ghaly said.

Most capacity limits will be lifted, although large-scale indoor events, such as conventions, will be allowed only with testing or vaccination verification requirements, said Dr. Mark Ghaly, the secretary of health and human services.

While the number of hospitalizations is low across the state - with 20 patients now hospitalized with COVID-19 in San Francisco, for example - Ghaly said there is a race between vaccines and variants, and urged the public to take public health precautions like wearing a mask and signing up for the vaccine once eligible.

Everyday activities will be allowed, and businesses will be able to fully operate.

Two criteria will have to be met by June 15 for this to happen, officials said: the state having sufficient vaccine supply for all adults and its COVID-19 hospitalization rates being stable and low.

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