Officials say the state will discard the color-coded "Blueprint to a Safer Economy" the four-tier, color-coded system that guided economic reopening through a series of restrictions and capacity limits. "And on June 15, all things being equal and we continue that good work, we'll have moved beyond that blueprint and we'll be opening up this economy at business as usual".
Gov. Gavin Newsom took the podium to announce the change to the public, saying that, provided there is no fresh surge of COVID-related infection and provided that current vaccine supply estimates for the coming two months prove out in the real world, it should be OK for the vast majority of businesses and organizations statewide to reopen at full capacity more than two weeks before the Fourth of July.
"This disease is as deadly as it's ever been", Newsom said in a press conference.
Under Newsom's plan, California would join Texas, Massachusetts, South Carolina and several other states in dropping most COVID-related restrictions on restaurants.
The state crossed two important thresholds on the day of the announcement, according to Newsom: it has administered 20 million doses, and 4 million under its health equity metric.
Newsom said in a statement that a June 15 reopening date will depend on if there is enough vaccine supply for everyone 16 and over who is interested to have one and if hospitalization rates are "stable and low".
The reopening date could change based on case rates, hospitalizations and vaccine efficacy, officials said.
While the number of hospitalizations is low across the state - with 20 patients now hospitalized with COVID-19 in San Francisco, for example - Ghaly said there is a race between vaccines and variants, and urged the public to take public health precautions like wearing a mask and signing up for the vaccine once eligible.
For the moment, though, the tier system continues to hold sway. The state is now using October 1st as a benchmark when more, large-scale events may be able to operate without restriction.
Starting Wednesday, April 7, local restaurants, movie theaters, museums, zoos, places of worship, would be able to use 50 percent of their indoor space, doubling the previous red-tier limit.
It was not clear Tuesday morning, April 6, how the Padres will change their seat management approach. We have come together as Californians to save thousands of lives.
As ABC 7 reports, 42% of Californians have now received a first dose of a COVID vaccine, and 23% are fully inoculated with a second shot or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine - upwards of 7,350,000 people as of today.