...masking will remain across the state. Testing or vaccination verification requirements will remain in relevant settings.
All sectors listed in the current Blueprint for a Safer Economy grid may return to usual operations in compliance with Cal/OSHA requirements and with common-sense public health policies in place, such as required masking, testing and with vaccinations encouraged. Large-scale indoor events, such as conventions, will be allowed to occur with testing or vaccination verification requirements.
California is able to reopen fully and safely because of our commitment to the equitable distribution of vaccines. On April 6, the state reached a total of 4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered to Californians in some of the state’s hardest-hit communities, less than a month after delivering 2 million doses to these communities.
The state, in partnership with local government, health care providers and community-based organizations, will continue its extensive efforts to get eligible Californians vaccinated, including its support of expanded hours and access through community clinics and providers, public education campaign and support for community-based strategies such as canvassing. Equity continues to be the focus of vaccine efforts, especially as the state prepares to fully reopen.
On March 4, Newsom announced the state had set aside 40% of vaccine doses for the hardest-hit communities and established an equity metric to increase vaccinations in those communities.
Doing so recognizes the pandemic did not affect California communities equally. Forty percent of COVID cases and deaths have occurred in the lowest quartile of the Healthy Places Index (HPI), which provides overall scores and data that predict life expectancy and compares community conditions that shape health across the state.
California continues to plan for the vaccination of Californians under 16 years of age, protection against new variants and continued tracking and containment of spread. The state stands ready to mobilize additional resources if there is an increase in cases.
Source: Office of Gov. Gavin Newsom