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Next Week, California To Lift COVID-19 Restrictions…Mostly – Virus Update For June 11

Madi Bolanos
Starting June 15, most California businesses will be permitted to operate largely without any of the pandemic-related restrictions that have been in place since March 2020.

Next Tuesday, California is slated to reopen its doors following more than a year of pandemic-related restrictions. The state’s reopening system, known as the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, will dissolve, and businesses and houses of worship will be permitted to open without capacity limits or distancing restrictions.

Life will not immediately return to pre-pandemic normal, however—especially if you’re unvaccinated. Even though the state is eliminating its own mask mandate, we will instead fall back upon CDC’s guidelines, which still require masks for unvaccinated people indoors and for all people indoors in healthcare and congregate settings. What’s more, stricter masking and distancing requirements for employees working in person will remain in place for at least the next few weeks.


Nilsa Gonzalez, left, Deputy Director of Environmental Health at the Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency, and Director of Kern Public Health Brynn Carrigan.

This week’s COVID update explores the fine print of the state’s June 15 reopening, featuring excerpts of conversations with Brynn Carrigan, Director of Kern Public Health, and Nilsa Gonzalez, Deputy Director of Environmental Health at the Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency.


Meanwhile, here’s a snapshot for Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, and Tulare Counties (note that some numbers may have changed between the interview and publication):


As of June 10:

As of 1 week previous, June 3:

As of 4 weeks previous, May 13:

You can always find up-to-date information for your countyhere.


Kerry Klein is an award-winning reporter whose coverage of public health, air pollution, drinking water access and wildfires in the San Joaquin Valley has been featured on NPR, KQED, Science Friday and Kaiser Health News. Her work has earned numerous regional Edward R. Murrow and Golden Mike Awards and has been recognized by the Association of Health Care Journalists and Society of Environmental Journalists. Her podcast Escape From Mammoth Pool was named a podcast “listeners couldn’t get enough of in 2021” by the radio aggregator NPR One.
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