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California Gov. Gavin Newsom said the state will reopen its economy and begin to plan for lives post-pandemic by June 15.
“With more than 20 million vaccines administered across the state, it is time to turn the page on our tier system and begin looking to fully reopen California’s economy,” Newsom said in a Tuesday statement, per CNBC.
Newsom said the state can begin to plan for life post-pandemic, keeping certain precautions in place.
“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,” Newsom said.
Newsom’s announcement comes as federal health officials warn that Americans should still continue to wear a mask, keep physical distance and get vaccinated.
“Please continue to hang in there and to continue to do the things that we know prevent the spread of the virus,” White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Monday. “If we all continue to wear a well-fitting mask, physically distance, and get vaccinated, America can and will get out of this pandemic.”
Fauci reminded everyone the quickest way to end the pandemic is by working together and by getting vaccinated as soon as possible.
“We saw some substantial surges in the summer,” he said. “I don’t think we should even think about relying on the weather to bail us out of anything we’re in right now.”
Fauci also said Monday that Americans should continue to get both doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, despite a recent study that suggests only one dose may be enough.