The California mask mandate may end on June 15, the same date that Gov. Gavin Newsom has targeted for a “full reopening.”
In an interview with KTTV Wednesday, Newsom said he believes the state will still provide mask recommendations and guidance, but the mandates on businesses would be no more starting June 15.
“Only in those settings that are indoor. Only in those massively large settings, where people — from around the world, not just around the country — are convening, and where people are mixing in real dense spaces,” Newsom said in the interview. “Otherwise, we’ll make guidance, recommendations, but no mandates and no restrictions on businesses large and small.”
The mask mandates were first introduced by the California Department of Public Health on June 18, 2020 and have remained throughout the pandemic, although the regulations have loosened for fully vaccinated individuals, of late.
Both the state and L.A. County aligned itself with recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this April.
With the updated mask regulations, people who are fully vaccinated in L.A. may be in outdoor spaces without a mask, so long as it is not a large gathering. They also may gather with each other indoors without masks, or if around individuals with low risk of contracting COVID-19. Fully vaccinated individuals are also required to wear masks in indoor settings, as of this writing.
The California governor still has not indicated what a “full reopening” would look like, but it is still expected for June 15, with the U.S. target date being July 4.