State Reopens Economy

State Reopens Economy

Dennis Evanosky

On Tuesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom ended the state’s stay-at-home order and its Blueprint for a Safer Economy. He also phased out most of the actions that his office has put in place since March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

“Thanks to your trust in the vaccine and falling transmission rates, California has fully reopened its economy,” California announced on its COVID-19 website on Tuesday. “This means no more physical distancing, no capacity limits, no county tiers and relaxed mask guidance.”

Newsom’s order has limited restrictions on mask-wearing and mega-events, as well as settings serving children and youth. His office is awaiting an update to the K-12
State Reopens Economyschools guidance from the federal government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The order defines both indoor and outdoor events.

The state recommends that those in charge of indoor events with 5,000 or more people require those in attendence to present proofs of vaccination or negative COVID-19 status in order to attend.

The same proof is recommended for outdoor events with 10,000 or more in attendance.

Alameda County and the City of Alameda remain aligned with the state’s mandate. That means that everyone should wear a mask in the following settings, even if fully vaccinated:

• On public transit and in transit hubs, such as airports, train and subway stations and ferry landings
• Indoors in schools, childcare and other youth settings
• In health care settings and long-term care facilities
• In correctional facilities and detention centers
• In homeless and emergency shelters and cooling centers

Alameda businesses have the option of continuing to require all patrons to wear a mask while in their facilities or places of business be masked.

The mandate continues to require that all unvaccinated individuals in indoor public settings and businesses.

These include retail shops, restaurants, theaters, family entertainment centers, meetings, as well as all state and local government offices serving the public. Shopowners may have rules stricter than those mandated by the state