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Final week for (most) statewide restrictions

by Steven Felschundneff | steven@claremont-courier.com

In a few short days the state of California is set to fully reopen its economy—however, it will not be completely business as usual.

Beginning on June 15, the Blueprint for a Safer Economy program is set to be retired, meaning many more of our pre-pandemic activities can resume, with some restrictions. While capacity limitations and distancing requirements will be lifted at most businesses, specific requirements will continue for large capacity events, schools, day care facilities, day camps, high-risk congregate settings and health care facilities. The county will also lift current travel restrictions.

Masking requirements will be addressed in an upcoming announcement from the state.

For indoor mega-events—those with over 5,000 people—all attendees must verify full vaccination status or a negative COVID-19 test in the previous 72 hours. For outdoor events with over 10,000 attendees, vaccination status and negative test would be recommended but not required, although attendees who do not verity their status will be required to wear masks.

The state will continue to issue separate guidance for youth, healthcare and high-risk congregant settings.

In order to get residents on track with the latest protocols, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will be hosting a somewhat ironic, virtual town hall meeting on June 10 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the county’s social media platforms.

Today, the state released the final reopening frame work tier numbers, and Los Angeles County remains in the least restrictive yellow tier with an adjusted case rate at 0.7 per 100,000 people, while the overall test positivity rate remains steady at 0.4 percent including areas with the fewest “health affirming resources.”

Along with all the good reopening news, it is important to note the virus has not gone away completely and on Tuesday, county health officials announced 13 deaths and 186 new cases. A total of 232 COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized, 16 percent of whom are in ICU.

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