California was the very first state to shut down amid rising coronavirus cases in March 2020 – and it is now among one of the last to fully reopen at 100 percent capacity.
This means it’s time for California Gov. Gavin Newsom to give up his throne as small business across the state resume normal operations.
As of June 15, California will no longer enforce capacity limitations or social distancing in most public places with the exception of “mega” events.
“At this point in the COVID-19 pandemic, California is prepared to enter a new phase. We have made significant progress in vaccinating individuals and reducing community transmission thanks to the steps taken by Californians,” said the State Public Health Officer Order dated June 11.
While restrictions are lifted for most businesses, large events must still abide by capacity and social distancing guidelines.
“COVID-19 remains a concern to public health and, in order to prevent its spread, limited and temporary public health requirements remain necessary at this time,” the order continued.
Restrictions remain for large events holding 5,000 or more people in indoor venues, and 10,000 or more people in outdoor venues, according to U.S. News & World Report.
The state says it is keeping its promise on reopening on Tuesday because of its high vaccination rates.
About 70 percent of California’s population has received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, placing the state in the top 25 percent across the country, Breitbart reported.
Amid the state’s high number of vaccinated residents, Newsom predicted a strong economic comeback after more than a year of lockdowns.
“The state is not just poised to recover, it’s poised to come roaring back,” the governor said Monday.
Although the state is lifting most remaining restrictions on local businesses, Newsom still refuses to lift the “state of emergency” that gives him authority to re-shut down the state at any time for public health emergencies.
But for the time being, Newsom is no longer holding Californians hostage while he plays political games with their livelihoods.