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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.

Go deeper: California's massive wildfires may start as soon as this month

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Mormon Church to mandate masks in temples

The San Diego California Temple in La Jolla, California. Photo: RBL/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images via Getty Images

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints told its members on Wednesday that all patrons and workers will be required to wear face masks at all times while in the temple.

Why it matters: It's the Mormon Church's latest effort to encourage masking and vaccination among its over 16.6 million members around the world.

D.C. school employees required to get vaccinated

Photo: Jacquelyn Martin-Pool/Getty Images

All D.C. school and daycare employees — public, private, and charter — must be fully vaccinated by Nov. 1 with no option to test out, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced today.

  • Student athletes over the age of 12 will also be required to get vaccinated in order to participate in after-school programs, the mandate says. 
Sep 23, 2021 - Health

Team USA to mandate COVID vaccine for Winter Olympic hopefuls

The Emblem of Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games at Shijingshan district in Beijing. Photo: VCG/VCG via Getty Images

American athletes looking to compete in the Winter Olympics in Beijing must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, according to updated guidelines posted on the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) website.

Details: Employees, athletes and contractors must be vaccinated by Nov. 1 to use USOPC facilities or attend events hosted by the committee. On Dec. 1, the mandate extends "to all Team USA delegation members or hopefuls for future Games."