SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — California will fully reopen its economy in June if certain criteria are met, the state announced Tuesday.
The announcement comes as more than 20 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered. Four million of those went to the state’s most vulnerable communities.
State officials say if there is enough COVID-19 vaccine supply for anyone 16 and older to be inoculated and hospitalization rates remain “stable and low,” the state will reopen on June 15.
The state said sufficient vaccine supply means anyone 16 and older who wants an appointment will be able to get one within two weeks.
“We can now begin planning for our lives post-pandemic. We will need to remain vigilant, and continue the practices that got us here – wearing masks and getting vaccinated – but the light at the end of this tunnel has never been brighter,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a news release.
Businesses may reopen with “common-sense risk reduction measures” like requiring masks.
The state said it may revisit its June 15 date depending on vaccine availability, vaccine efficacy against COVID-19 variants and hospitalization rates.