Joe Patwell, 77, of Los Angeles, right, finds his way with others on the boardwalk in Venice Beach on a sunny Monday afternoon. Patwell said he has received his first shot of the vaccine to protect against COVID-19 and will soon get his second shot.
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“With more than 20 million vaccines administered across the state, it’s time to turn the page on our tier system and start looking at reopening California’s economy,” Newsom said in a statement. “We can now start planning our lives after the pandemic. We will have to be vigilant and continue the practice that got us here – wearing masks and being vaccinated – but the light at the end of this tunnel has never been brighter, ” he said. added.
Newsom’s announcement comes just over a year after California, the country’s most populous state, shut down its economy due to the unfolding health pandemic.
The state is also planning to complete its four color-coded tier system, which has been used to determine risk levels.
Last month, a number of states across the nation eased restrictions to varying degrees.
Texas revoked its mask mandate and allowed companies to reopen with 100% capacity per. March 10. Lone Star State also welcomed the nation’s first full-capacity sporting event with the Texas Rangers’ home opener on Monday against the Toronto Blue Jays, which sold out with more than 38,000 fans sitting side by side.
The Arizona governor also abolished capacity restrictions for businesses, but said they would still require masks.
The Alabama governor said the state would revoke its mask mandate after April 9. South Carolina repealed the state’s mask mandate in government buildings, but recommended that restaurants continue to require facial coatings.
The latest revelation comes as federal health officials warn that Americans must still continue to adhere to public health measures as the warmer summer months approach.
“You may remember a little more than a year ago when we were looking for summer to save ourselves from waves. It was actually the opposite,” said White House medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci under a coronavirus in the White House. briefing Monday.
“We saw some significant increases in the summer. I don’t think we should even think about relying on the weather to save ourselves from something we’re in right now,” he added.
Fauci also said Monday that Americans should continue to receive both doses of the Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines despite a recent study suggesting that only one dose may be enough.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also recommended that Americans continue to refrain from traveling due to coronavirus cases nationwide.
“We know we have an increasing number of cases right now. I will be in favor of general travel in general,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said last week. “We do not recommend travel at this time, especially not unvaccinated individuals,” she added.