California is looking to open its economy on June 15.
Although this date is not set in stone just yet, local officials are predicting that this will be the date where California can fully re-open its economy for the first time in more than a year. The decision will come down to two key factors; the first factor being a “sufficient vaccine supply to inoculate all those who are eligible and stable” and the second factor being low numbers of COVID-19 related hospitalizations. If these two factors are met, it is likely that California will be able to re-open fully come June.
If these factors are met, and it is looking like they will be, California will be able to return to its pre-pandemic state, well, not entirely. Even if the necessary amount of individuals become vaccinated and there are low numbers of COVID-19 hospitalizations, masks will continue to be mandated and will be for some time. The decision to fully re-open the California economy on June 15 likely stems from the millions of vaccines that have already been administered throughout the state as well as the rise in accessibility. California Governor Gavin Newsom released the following statement regarding the re-opening date,
“With more than 20 million vaccines administered across the state, it is time to turn the page on our tier system and begin looking to fully reopen California’s economy. We can now begin planning for our lives post-pandemic. We will need to remain vigilant, and continue the practices that got us here — wearing masks and getting vaccinated — but the light at the end of this tunnel has never been brighter.”
Another likely factor that contributed to Governor Newsom’s decision to pinpoint June 15 as the date to fully re-open likely stems from Newsom’s chances of being re-elected in the fall. Hypothetically speaking, if Newsom was able to successfully transition California from its pandemic state to its pre-pandemic state, that initiative would likely strengthen his re-election chances. In addition to Newsom pinpointing June 15, California is seeking to move forward as a whole, not by county. Instead of each county obtaining approval and meeting various health and safety guidelines before being allowed to fully re-open, the whole state will move forward as one.
California has already seen a dramatic change in capacity limits. Amusement parks are now able to open at 25% capacity and fans are allowed at outdoor sports and live performances but at 33% capacity. With more than 20 million vaccines already administered, it is likely that these numbers will continue to rise and by June 15, California’s economy will be able to re-open fully but with mandatory masks in place, of course.
We will keep you updated and informed as this story progresses.