Here’s What to Expect When California Reopens on June 15

On Friday, the state outlined what it will look like when things (mostly) go back to normal

With the state scheduled to officially embrace a post-pandemic world beginning June 15, the California Department of Public Health has issued guidelines regarding exactly how that will work.

According to CDPH’s “Beyond the Blueprint for Industry and Business Sectors” memo released Friday, “Beginning June 15, all sectors listed in the current Blueprint Activities and Business Tiers Chart may return to usual operations.”

For those who can remember what “usual” was like, that means no more distancing or capacity limits at most businesses, and no more mask mandate in most situations for fully vaccinated people. The agency notes that there will still be some exceptions for outdoor and indoor “Mega Events,” defined as “large crowds greater than 5,000 (indoors) and 10,000 (outdoors) attendees.”

If you’re steering clear of such massive gatherings, physical distancing will no longer be required, and there will be no limits on crowd capacity up to 5,000. Once the Mega threshold is crossed, however, a few rules still apply.

For indoor events, proof of full vaccination status or a negative test result dated within 72 hours of the event will be required of all attendees. Additionally, all attendees must follow CDPH guidelines regarding masking.

For outdoor events, proof of vaccination or a negative test result “is strongly recommended for all attendees.” Those who don’t provide proof of vaccination “should be asked to wear face coverings.” The venues are required to provide the masks.

Acceptable proofs of negative testing are a printed document, or an email or text message displayed on a phone from the lab or testing facility that include the person’s name and the type of test performed. Proofs of full vaccination status are a vaccination card (including the person’s name, type of vaccine, and the date of the last dose administered), or a photo of the vaccination card, which can be a separate physical document or an image stored on a phone or other device. Documentation of vaccination from a healthcare provider is also acceptable.

The agency further advises that, “Businesses and venue operators may also utilize self-attestation at point of registration, during ticket purchase or on the day of the event prior to entry into the venue.” State health director Mark Ghaly says that details about how “self-attestation” will work are forthcoming.

Once the new rules go into effect, they’ll be in place until October 15. The state will assess whether the policies should extend beyond that date by September 1.

On Friday, Los Angeles County said in a statement that it will align fully with the state’s guidelines:

Los Angeles County will align with the State’s June 15 plans that ease many capacity limits and distancing requirements and adopt CDC’s masking guidelines for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. People who are fully vaccinated will no longer need to wear masks in most situations. There are specific requirements for large capacity indoor events. The County will also follow the State on lifting current travel restrictions on June 15 to align with CDC travel recommendations. Current County reopening protocols will be amended or retired on June 15 to reflect these changes.

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