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California Department of Public Health and Governor Newsom Outline Next Steps to Reopen California

April 06, 2021
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With vaccination rates increasing and the state's COVID-19 test positivity rate near a record low, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has released updates to the state's Blueprint for a Safer Economy reopening framework allowing additional activities to resume with modifications to reduce risk. The updates include gatherings, private events or meetings such as receptions or conferences, and indoor seated live events and performances. These updates take effect April 15. California's framework for loosening and tightening restrictions is governed by the level of COVID-19 spread.

Updates to the Blueprint include: 

Gatherings beginning April 15: In the Red Tier, outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people are allowed. The gathering size increases to 50 people in the Orange Tier and 100 people in the Yellow Tier. In the Purple Tier, only outdoor gatherings are allowed, and they are limited to three households. Indoor gatherings are strongly discouraged in all tiers but are allowed with modifications and capacity limits in the Red, Orange and Yellow tiers.

Private events or meetings such as receptions or conferences beginning April 15: In all tiers, modifications are required to reduce risk. This includes pre-purchased tickets or a defined guest list and assigned seating. 

  • In the Purple Tier, these activities are only allowed outdoors, and capacity is limited to 25 people. If all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination, capacity increases to up to 100 people. 
  • In the Red Tier, outdoor gatherings are limited to 50 people, and capacity increases to 200 if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination. In this tier, indoor activities are allowed if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination; capacity is limited to 100 people. 
  • In the Orange Tier, outdoor gatherings are limited to 100 people, and capacity increases to 300 if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination. In this tier, indoor activities are allowed if all guests are tested or show full proof of vaccination; capacity is limited to 150 people.
  • In the Yellow Tier, outdoor gatherings are limited to 200 people, and capacity increases to 400 if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination. In this tier, indoor activities are allowed if all guests are tested or show full proof of vaccination; capacity is limited to 200 people. 

Indoor live events or performances beginning April 15: In the Purple Tier these activities are not allowed. In the Red, Orange and Yellow tiers these activities are allowed with capacity limits and modifications including physical distancing, advance ticket purchases, designated areas for eating and drinking, and attendance limited to in-state visitors. 

Governor Newsom also announced that California will plan to fully reopen its economy on June 15th, 2021 if two criteria are met:

  1. If vaccine supply is sufficient for Californians 16 years or older.
  2. Hospitalization rates are stable and low.

The CSC will continue to provide any important COVID-19 updates as they are released by the administration.

California Department of Public Health’s Full April 15th, Blueprint Update:
State Updates Blueprint to Allow Additional Activities with Modifications to Reduce Risk

Governor’s Press Release for California’s June 15 Reopening:
Governor Newsom Outlines the State’s Next Step in the COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery, Moving Beyond the Blueprint | California Governor

For additional questions please contact Mark Martinez: mmartinez@calstrawberry.org

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