California · COVID-19

Newsom set to effectively end Calif. mask mandate June 15

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s June 15 reopening date for the Golden State is becoming a vast target for Californians, as he announced that state public health officials will largely end the state’s mask mandates, with few exceptions.

Speaking to FoxLA’s Elex Michaelson in Los Angeles on Wednesday morning, Newsom said that June 15 will be a return to a world that “looks a lot like the world we entered into before the pandemic. we’re not wearing face coverings, we’re not restricted in any way, shape, or form.”

Asked directly about the state’s often-strict mask mandate, Newsom said mask rules would be virtually eliminated save for a few select circumstances post-June 15.

“Only in those settings that are indoor – only in those massively large settings where people around the world, not just around the country, are convening, and when people are mixing in real dense spaces,” he said. “Otherwise, we’ll make guidance recommendations, but no mandates and no restrictions on businesses large and small.

Watch Newsom’s comments

Staff reports from The San Joaquin Valley Sun staff.