Mask or no masks? That is — in some way nonetheless — the query.
This week, state officers introduced that California remained on observe for its grand reopening, which is ready for Tuesday. Coronavirus case charges are among the many nation’s lowest and vaccination charges are increased than in different massive states.
As Gov. Gavin Newsom mentioned on Thursday, Californians can “look forward to getting back to some semblance of normalcy.”
That means patrons and enterprise operators received’t have to fear about bodily distancing or capability restrictions inside bars, eating places, shops, workplaces or primarily wherever else.
But whether or not you’ll have to masks up earlier than you enter continues to be a bit unsettled.
Here’s what we do know: Vaccinated Californians can be in a position to go mask-free in most indoor settings beginning Tuesday.
The new guidelines are meant to align with federal steerage, state officers mentioned, and face coverings will nonetheless be required on public transportation and in taxis, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters. Masks can even be required indoors at Ok-12 colleges, little one care amenities and different locations the place there could also be a lot of kids who haven’t but been vaccinated.
Unvaccinated individuals may have to maintain carrying masks indoors, though the state — as all through the pandemic — is sustaining a light-weight contact with enforcement and isn’t requiring companies to confirm whether or not patrons are vaccinated. (They could be as strict as they select.)
What we don’t know now could be whether or not employees can be required to put on masks on the job and underneath what circumstances.
On Wednesday, the state’s Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board voted to withdraw its up to date guidelines and as an alternative overview the state’s new tips earlier than voting on new ones as early as subsequent week. (Remember every part we instructed you on Tuesday about vaccinated employees having to put on a masks if one particular person in the room is unvaccinated? Forget that.)
But then, in a information convention on Thursday, Newsom mentioned he’d be making further bulletins about masks guidelines and reopening at present. So keep tuned.
See the division of public well being’s full masks steerage right here.
Yes, your employer can require you to get vaccinated. Read about why.
Catch up on the C.D.C.’s masks steerage.
Here’s what else to know at present
ImageAR-15-style rifles on the market at Firearms Unknown in Oceanside.Credit…Bing Guan/Reuters
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A particular election to recall Governor Newsom will price the state greater than $215 million, state finance officers mentioned Thursday.
A report displaying that the richest Americans, together with Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Warren Buffett, pay nearly no taxes has refocused consideration on the tax code.
Legislators are deciding this week whether or not to proceed a $650 million a 12 months pandemic program to present free meals for public college college students, CalMatters experiences.
Uber drivers will not be getting a minimize of the fare hike, which some say deprives them of tons of of dollars per week, The Washington Post experiences.
California lawmakers reproached Vice President Kamala Harris for her current “do not come” message to Central American migrants, Politico experiences.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva of Los Angeles County has promised to deal with the homelessness difficulty in Venice, and despatched a crew of deputies to the boardwalk this week. But The Los Angeles Times asks, “Is he overstepping his authority?”
State authorities rescued a person who was trapped for 2 days inside a large fan at a winery in Sonoma County, KCRA experiences.
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PictureThe seaside at Sunset Cliffs in San Diego in December 2020.Credit…Ariana Drehsler for The New York Times
Like the unusual, stunning state we cowl, this article is in a interval of transition. Next month, Soumya Karlamangla will take over because the lead author of California Today. (I received’t be going far: I’ll nonetheless be overlaying California for The Times based mostly in Los Angeles, and also you’ll see me again in your inbox from time to time.)
Our editor, the inimitable Julie Bloom, can also be handing the reins to Manny Fernandez, The Times’s Los Angeles bureau chief, as her function on the National desk expands.
We’re so grateful for Julie’s management and work shaping California Today over the previous 4 years. As we bid her farewell, we requested her to share slightly in regards to the expertise.
Do you bear in mind the primary California Today that you just edited? What had been the massive tales in the state on the time?
The first version revealed on Sept. 6, 2016, with a name to readers to inform us in regards to the points they cared most about and wished us to cowl. Wildfires, housing and poll measures had been all prime of thoughts — points which are nonetheless extraordinarily related at present.
The concept was to hear from and communicate to readers extra instantly, and to use all of the unimaginable experience of our reporters in California to assist maintain them knowledgeable. We additionally wished to spotlight native journalism throughout the state at a time when many retailers had been underneath menace. My favourite early editions relied quite a bit on our readers, they helped us report out the horrible Oakland Ghost Ship warehouse hearth, shared opinions in regards to the midterms and gave us tips on the place to discover hidden gems like this one from a reader in Napa:
“Everyone comes to the Napa Valley for the wine. Only a handful of people know about Robert Louis Stevenson State Park. Hiking is wonderful and the first mile, in a beautiful shady forest, ends at a plaque commemorating the site of the cabin where Stevenson honeymooned with his new wife, Franny, in 1880.”
— Kathie Fowler, Napa
What do you suppose has modified probably the most in regards to the state since then?
Looking again it’s unimaginable to see how a lot hasn’t modified. Our first a number of editions had been all about wildfires. We spent an enormous a part of a 12 months centered on homelessness and the way the situations in camps in Oakland resemble these in the creating world. The wealth divide has been a constant theme and it appears solely to have gotten starker.
In the previous 12 months, it’s been outstanding to see how Californians have come collectively to combat the pandemic and it’s reassuring to see how nicely the state is doing now. But it additionally appears like many issues have solely gotten worse. I do know people who find themselves contemplating shifting as a result of they don’t need to danger dropping their home to one more hearth.
As my colleague Adam Nagourney mentioned, “The sense of California exceptionalism — of why would anyone live anywhere else — is not as strong as it once was.” And as Conor Dougherty factors out, in the previous few years there was a reasonably collective recognition that the present path is unsustainable and we’d like a critical course correction, however as all the time there’s little settlement over precisely what to do.
You’ll nonetheless be serving to to information California protection in your new function, however is there something you significantly need to maintain studying about, as a Californian your self?
I’m fascinated by the ever-changing politics of the state: Just whenever you suppose you know how issues are going, Californians will shock you. The demographics proceed to shift with complicated and fascinating implications, and I’m curious to see how the inevitable generational modifications in management in the state play out. Who will emerge and the way will they affect the nationwide political panorama?
Any recommendation for Manny?
Get on the highway! And see as a lot of the state as potential. It will feed concepts, and having grown up close to the seaside, I can say with authority that nothing will enhance a day like gazing on the Pacific.
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Jill Cowan grew up in Orange County, graduated from U.C. Berkeley and has reported everywhere in the state, together with the Bay Area, Bakersfield and Los Angeles — however she all the time needs to see extra. Follow alongside right here or on Twitter.
California Today is edited by Julie Bloom, who grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from U.C. Berkeley.