State to Move Beyond Blueprint
April 8, 2021
Governor Newsom announced his Beyond the Blueprint plan for reopening California and lifting nearly all statewide coronavirus restrictions on June 15 – if vaccine supply remains sufficient and hospitalization rates remain low.
Citing accelerating vaccine efforts and 20 million doses administered to date, as well as the Biden Administration’s promise of increased vaccine supply, the Governor said it was time to “return to a sense of normalcy” but also that it was important to not “spike the ball” too soon as factors such as virus variants, schools reopening, and more gatherings and events could result in a dreaded “fourth surge.”
“We’re interested in evidence…and we’re very sober about this,” said the Governor, when asked about possible hurdles in advance of the June 15 target date for lifting most coronavirus restrictions.
All Californians are still strongly encouraged to wear masks, get vaccinated, and follow all guidance to continue the state’s progress in reducing cases. In fact, the Governor has pledged to keep the statewide mask mandate, including for schools, in place even after June 15. Targeted testing and vaccination requirements will also remain for some businesses and industries, and counties retain the authority to impose stricter guidelines or orders to protect the public’s health.
Additionally, counties continue to play a key role in vaccinating all eligible people aged 16 and older and maintaining core contact tracing and outreach efforts – all of which are imperative to ensure containment of the virus.