Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an order rescinding the 2020 restrictions set on Californians and businesses, effective June 15.
Business restrictions from the “Blueprint for a safer economy” will be rescinded, as well as the stay-at-home order issued in March 2020. Social distancing and capacity restrictions for businesses will also be lifted.
“California is turning the page on this pandemic, thanks to swift action by the state and the work of Californians who followed public health guidelines and got vaccinated to protect themselves and their communities,” Gov. Newsom said. “With nearly 40 million vaccines administered and among the lowest case rates in the nation, we are lifting the orders that impact Californians on a day-to-day basis while remaining vigilant to protect public health and safety as the pandemic persists.”
The order will expire on June 30 as the state continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19, but may be extended should infection numbers remain low.
A total of 58 COVID-19 related executive orders were given during the pandemic and the governor’s office said they will all be rescinded in phases, starting in late June, through September.
California Department of Public Health also signed an order stating in most settings, individuals vaccinated against COVID-19 do not have to wear masks, except in public transportation, inside school buildings, healthcare settings and long term care facilities.
Businesses have the choice to require customers to wear facemasks, or implement a self-attestation system where patrons sign a waiver when they have been vaccinated, or ask for proof of vaccination.
For employees, the current mask requirements will stay until Cal/OSHA meets again to discuss regulations in July.