The state of California has targeted lift all restrictions applied to contain the COVID-19 pandemic and reopen its economy completely by June 15Governor Gavin Newsom said Tuesday.
“We can confidently say that by June 15 we will be able to start opening and working normally, subject to continuous use of masks and strict surveillance of the virus, ”Newsom said in a press conference cited by the agency AFP, without giving further details.
Government officials specified the Los Angeles Times that to make it happen they must be fulfilled two conditions: that the State achieves a sufficient number of vaccines to inoculate the entire adult population, and that the numbers of hospitalizations remain low and stable.
In this regard, Newsom highlighted that will maintain “the option to review the date of June 15 if necessary.”
Furthermore, this It does not mean that from the next day California will return to normal as it was known before the pandemic. The mandatory use of a mask, for example, will continue in effect for a long time, and large closed events, such as congresses or recitals, must be carried out requiring prior vaccination and in controlled environments.
But yes will terminate the current complex system of gradual and selective de-refining, whereby each county in California is evaluated according to the local COVID-19 situation and is then assigned a color (out of four possible) that determines which measures are still in effect and which are not.
“With more than 20 million vaccines administered statewide, it is time to turn the page on our out-of-control system and start thinking about fully reopening California’s economy,” added the Governor.
“We can start thinking about our life after the pandemic. We will have to remain vigilant and continue with the practices that they allowed us to achieve, such as wearing a mask and getting vaccinated, but the light at the end of the tunnel was never so bright “added.
California, home to 40 million inhabitants and the main economy within the United States, It was the first state to order a strict quarantine throughout its territory at the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020.
Measure, taken by Newsom at a time when many other districts refused to shut down their economies and even President Donald Trump discouraged him, It was later celebrated when the virus began to wreak havoc in the country, still today the worst hit in the world by the pandemic.
But the governor was later criticized for handling the pandemic in general (given that it finally hit his state hard despite the shutdown) and for its slowness to reopen the economy, and a petition to remove him from office is even advancing in the California Congress.
Although the initiative, proposed by the Republican caucus in a Democratic-majority district, is not expected to prosper, Newsom is not in his prime political moment and a full reopening as of June 15 could give him the clean and jerk he needs.