The state of California is hoping to “fully reopen” on June 15, if the state can meet certain vaccination and hospitalization benchmarks.
Governor Gavin Newsom announced the plan yesterday, noting that the state had administered 20 million vaccines for COVID-19. The state will continue to require masks even after that June 15 date, and will encourage all residents to be vaccinated.
Newsom’s announcement hinges on two key benchmarks:
- That vaccine supply is sufficient for all Californians age 16 or older who want to be vaccinated
- That hospitalization rates remain “stable and low”
If those two criteria are met, Newsom says the state will fully reopen. That includes daily activities and businesses, though “common-sense risk reduction measures” will still apply.
“We can now begin planning for our lives post-pandemic,” Newsom said in the press release. “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.”
Swim clubs in California have struggled with a patchwork of local restrictions on youth sports and pool access, despite the state classifying swimming in the lowest-risk of its four tiers for youth and adult sports. An April 6 update to those sports guidelines suggests that spectators will be permitted at outdoor live events. Team are still not allowed to cross state lines to compete, or to compete against any teams outside of the state of California.
Clubs and LSCs have criticized the policies, noting that membership has dropped sharply amid the coronavirus restrictions. On the flip side, the Centers for Disease Control has warned that youth sports have created COVID-19 clusters in various states and allowed the virus to spread among children.