June 15 California Reopening: ABC7 explores what’s changed since California COVID-19 restrictions lifted
Reporter Luz Pena examined several shops in the city. When they stopped by the Nightingale Bar, they were in full swing to prepare for the full reopening. For the first time in over a year, they took their cash register out of the warehouse.
Pena also swung past City Hall, where couples celebrated an even bigger milestone than the reopening on June 15: their wedding anniversaries.
She also visited the Ferry Building, where masks are still required. This is because the building is categorized as a “transit hub”.
Reporter Amy Hollyfield started her morning at Starbucks, where masks are now optional for vaccinated customers the updated mask mandate.
This is what the reopening looks like! Masks are optional for those vaccinated at Starbucks. We can see each other’s smile again! pic.twitter.com/iKGchrVCyx
– Amy Hollyfield (@amyhollyfield) June 15, 2021
On BART, however Masks are still required for all riders. Hollyfield said she still saw everyone wearing masks when she was at Dublin / Pleasanton train station.
“Our latest data collection found that 96% of people were wearing masks. The few who do not want to wear masks are escorted out of the system. But that’s very rare, “said BART spokesman Jim Allison.
Reporter Cornell Barnard visited the Pacific Pinball Museum in Alameda, which has reopened for the first time in over a year. They still ask visitors to wear masks for the time being just to be safe.
Barnard also stopped by the Oakland Zoo, which has been open for a while. They accept the looser adult mask restrictions but ask children under the age of 11 to continue to remain masked as they cannot be vaccinated yet.
Reporter Matt Boone checked a grocery store in San Jose Tuesday morning. The owner told him he did not trust the “honor system” so he continues to require that all customers continue to wear masks – not just those who are not vaccinated.
He also went to a gym that no longer required masks, but still found plenty of people wearing them.
Some thoughts so far on “reopening” California from my morning in San Jose. First, we went to a gym that no longer required masks. I noticed that about half of the people were still wearing them. One guy said he forgot the change (even though he was unvaccinated) pic.twitter.com/t2cUSdclDN
– Matt Boone (@MattBooneNews) June 15, 2021
Reporter Chris Nguyen found the same thing at the Westfield Valley Fair Mall. They removed social distancing marks and brought back certain community activities like ping pong tables. Again, there is no mask requirement for vaccinated people, but there were still plenty of masks to see.
Hello from the south bay! Masks are no longer required in the public areas at Westfield Valley Fair, but most of the people I saw there still wore them. Do you plan to be without a mask in public (indoors) or are you going to stick with yours a little longer? #San Jose pic.twitter.com/60lDW8U6d3
– Chris Nguyen (@ ChrisNguyenABC7) June 15, 2021
We have reporters in San Francisco, the East Bay, and the South Bay today. We will update this story as soon as you get back to us
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