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Newsom hits gas on reopening, tabs June 15 to dump color-coded tiers

California has set a date for when it will fully reopen after the pandemic, albeit with masks firmly on.

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Tuesday that, as long as the Golden State meets two specific criteria, California will fully reopen its economy on June 15.

The two criteria the state needs to meet are: keeping the COVID-19 vaccine supply sufficient for everyone 16 and older who wish to be inoculated, and keeping hospitalization stable and low.

In a statement, Newsom noted how it was “time to turn the page” to the next step after COVID-19 with more than 20 million vaccines already administered in California.

If and when California fully reopens, the state’s color-coded Blueprint for a Safer Economy will come to an end.

State officials say they will continue to monitor hospitalization rates, vaccine access and the vaccines’ efficacy against COVID-19.

Health leaders stress that people need to continue to take steps to stop the spread.

“In order to take the next step, we must continue to do our part to keep this momentum moving in the right direction, and that means continuing to wear a mask and ensuring everyone who is eligible gets the vaccine,” said California’s Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly in a statement.

Newsom acknowledged that there were no plans to lift the mask mandate at this time. 

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Staff reports from The San Joaquin Valley Sun staff.