Jun 15, 2021 - Health

California lifts most COVID restrictions

Coronavirus restriction signs in Monterey Park, California, on June 14.

Coronavirus restriction signs in Monterey Park, California, on June 14. Photo: Frederic Brown/AFP via Getty Images

California lifted most of its coronavirus restrictions on Tuesday, taking the U.S. a step closer to fully reopening.

Why it matters: California, the most populous state in the country, was one of the last states to drop its health restrictions, according to the New York Times.

The big picture: Establishments will no longer limit capacity, and people won't have to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

  • Masks will still be required in places like hospitals, long-term-care facilities, public transportation and prisons, but people who have been vaccinated will, for the most part, no longer have to wear masks.
  • Unvaccinated people are still required to wear masks, but enforcement of that rule will be based on an honor system.

The coronavirus has infected more than 3.8 million people in the state and has killed at least 63,204, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

  • The state has administered more than 40.5 million vaccines.

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