Los Angeles, 6 Apr 2021 (AFP) – California will fully reopen its economy on June 15 if the current rate of vaccination continues, lifting all pandemic-related restrictions on companies, Governor Gavin Newsom said on Tuesday (6) .
The most populous state in the United States has administered 20 million doses of anti-viral vaccines and new infections remain low after a rapid decline since January.
Faced with this situation, the state will end its layered reopening plan, as long as there are no spikes in coronavirus infection or a shortage in the supply of vaccines, Newsom told a news conference.
“We can safely say that by June 15 we can start opening, as always, subject to the use of masks and constant surveillance,” he said.
All businesses will be free to reopen and Californians will be encouraged to follow “common sense risk reduction measures”. For example, large-scale internal events, such as conventions, will be allowed with vaccination testing or verification requirements.
The changes will be implemented simultaneously across the state of 40 million people, which represents America’s largest economy.
“Now we can start planning our lives after the pandemic … the light at the end of this tunnel has never been so bright,” said Newsom in a separate statement.
However, the state will maintain “the option to revise the date of June 15 if necessary” and will monitor the effectiveness of the vaccine against variants of the virus.
California, the first state in the country to issue a general order to stay home last March, was widely praised for its early treatment of the pandemic.
In the boreal winter, it experienced a strong peak of covid-19 and became one of the epicenters across the country, but has experienced a sharp decline in infections since mid-January.
In recent weeks, cases have remained low, although they have increased in other parts of the United States, and Newsom is under pressure to reopen the economy and is also facing a possible election after a petition to remove him, partly motivated by his management of the pandemic. .
“California has made incredible progress in controlling the spread of covid-19 by staying at home, wearing a mask and administering vaccines quickly to Californians in every corner of the state, including the communities most affected by this pandemic,” said the Health Secretary at California, Mark Ghaly.