Thanks to the increasing number of people vaccinated across California, Governor Gavin Newsom lifted most of the COVID restrictions on Tuesday and basically reopened the economy in full.
The news was welcomed across the state, but especially in Del Norte County, which has been in the higher lockdown level for months. On the same day that the restrictions were lifted, Del Norte County switched to the previously orange or temperate tier.
For the past week, Del Norte County had 4.7 new cases per 100,000 population and a positivity rate of 1.7 percent. When the locks were lifted, 29 counties were at the minimum tier, 28 at the middle tier, and only one at the high tier.
On Tuesday, Newsom ended the statewide home stay and removed the animal systems. The new rules will remove physical distancing and capacity restrictions for businesses.
“Today we celebrate the incredible strength and resilience of Californians – from our heroic healthcare workers to key workers across the board to ordinary Californians of all walks of life – who have supported and killed each other in need over the past year to save countless lives and enable us to turn the page of this pandemic, ”Newsom said during a press conference. “As we look to better days, we will continue to look out for each other, double our support for those hardest hit by the pandemic, and make unprecedented investments to meet California’s toughest challenges so that the entire state can come together again.” ”
California has also updated statewide masking regulations to follow recent CDC guidelines. The new rules state that anyone who is fully vaccinated does not need to wear a mask indoors or outdoors. The only exceptions are public transportation, hospitals, long-term care facilities, homeless shelters, and interiors of K-12 schools and childcare facilities. At these locations, it is still compulsory for everyone to wear a mask.
California also lifted all travel warnings with no testing or quarantine after the trip.
Due to the new rules, large crowds were expected at events across the state. It is estimated that there could be 60,000 fans at a Los Angeles Dodgers game on Tuesday. According to state rules, people attending indoor events with more than 5,000 people must provide proof of vaccination in order to enter. For outdoor events with more than 10,000 people, it is recommended to show a vaccination card.
According to state guidelines, unvaccinated people must continue to wear masks, especially in crowded indoor spaces. Private companies can also ask for masks.
The key to safely reopening and controlling any future spread of the virus remains vaccinating people. In Del Norte County, vaccines remain slow compared to the rest of California. By Tuesday, 35.68 of the county’s residents had received at least one dose of the vaccine and 30.62 percent had been fully vaccinated.
Vaccine clinics continue to operate at the county festival grounds in Crescent City, and vaccines are also available from most county pharmacies.