What California’s Reopening Means for You

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Well, California has reopened, sparking celebrations statewide with the revelry including some state residents actually burning their masks. But before you do away with those masks, consider that despite the state’s June 15 reopening, they will still come in handy.

In fact, California’s reopening begs the question: just what will change? Here are some answers.

On masks:

•You will still need to wear them on public transit (planes, trains, buses, subways, Ubers and Lyfts); in airports; K-12 schools; hospitals and perhaps even at your workplace.

•Employers can still mandate masks; and some have gone as far to require proof of vaccination. • •Employers are also required to provide respirators such as N95 masks for unvaccinated workers who want them when they are working indoors or in vehicles with more than one person.

•Retail establishments—including restaurants and grocers—can also require masks even if the state of California doesn’t.

•Check with your local gym on their requirements as some as letting those who are fully vaccinated go maskless.

•Unvaccinated people are still required to wear a mask indoors. Businesses do not have to enforce the rules, they are, however, required to post them.

Physical Distancing:

•Gyms, churches, restaurants, bars and stores can all go to full capacity with no mask restrictions.  

•Physical distancing mandates will no longer be required, but not likely to ease the minds of those who have become accustomed to the sanctity of their surroundings, so tread lightly.

Vaccine Passports

Those who can prove they’ve been vaccinated will have a great many more options as it relates to major events—sporting events and concerts. At many of these events, attendees will have to prove they’ve been vaccinated or show a negative test prior to entry. Some are designating sections for those who cannot show proof of having been vaccinated.

Finally, Governor Newsom has indicated that an electronic system that will allow businesses to check vaccination status is in the works. 


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