Sunday, August 1, 2021

California Reopens for the Vaccinated and Most Businesses on Tuesday, June 15

Sources: California Department of Public Health, County of San Diego, City of Coronado

 

The state will officially retire its Blueprint for a Safer Economy tier system on Tuesday, June 15, lifting both capacity and physical distancing restrictions for most businesses and activities in the region. This means that most all sectors of the economy can return to pre-pandemic capacity limits Tuesday.

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According to the California Department of Public Health, masks are still required** for unvaccinated individuals in indoor public settings and businesses (e.g. retail, restaurants, theaters, family entertainment centers, meetings, state and local government offices serving the public).

** State Guidance for Businesses, Venue Operators or Hosts:

In settings where masks are required only for unvaccinated individuals, businesses, venue operators or hosts may choose to:

  • Provide information to patrons, guests and attendees regarding vaccination requirements and allow vaccinated individuals to self-attest that they are in compliance prior to entry.
  • Implement vaccine verification to determine whether individuals are required to wear a mask.
  • Require all patrons to wear masks.
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The state guidance will remain in place until at least October 1.

Large Events:

For large-scale events, certain COVID-19 guidance will continue to be in place. Organizers of “mega events” with more than 5,000 people indoors, or more than 10,000 people outdoors, will need to take extra steps to ensure the safety of attendees. People who attend mega events indoors will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test before they arrive at the venue. Organizers of outdoor mega events will be strongly encouraged to implement the same safety protocols, though they will not be required to do so.

Parade rules 2021
Source: City of Coronado

For the Coronado 4th of July weekend and the crowds of people that the events attract, the city has put together a Frequently Asked Questions webpage. The city has also shared state guidelines which include three options: be fully vaccinated OR have a negative COVID test OR wear a mask.

Masks and Face Coverings:

Face covering mandates for all will remain in effect after June 15 in nine settings:

  1. on public transit,
  2. indoors in K-12 schools,
  3. in childcare settings,
  4. in healthcare settings,
  5. long term care facilities,
  6. detention centers,
  7. homeless shelters,
  8. emergency shelters,
  9. cooling centers.

“The end of the state’s framework will allow us to go back to many of the activities we have not been able to enjoy since last March, but the pandemic does not end tomorrow,” said Wilma J. Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “COVID-19 is still present in our community and we all need to continue to do our part to protect the most vulnerable and avoid spreading the virus.”

To Get Vaccinated:

As more San Diegans become fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Sharp HealthCare is consolidating its larger vaccination sites in June. Beginning Wednesday, June 16, the Coronado Community Vaccine Clinic functions, previously located at the Community Center on Strand Way, will move to the Sharp Coronado Community Pharmacy located at 230 Prospect Place, Suite 110. Vaccines will be provided by appointment only. To make a vaccination appointment, please visit Myturn.ca.gov.

For additional information, individuals should refer to CDC Recommendations for Safer Activities (see CDPH Masking Guidance Frequently Asked Questions for more information). 

 

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Managing Editor
Originally from upstate New York, Dani Schwartz has lived in Coronado since 1996. She is thrilled to call Coronado home and raise her two children here. In her free time enjoys hitting the gym, reading, and walking her dog around the “island.” Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: manager@coronadotimes.com
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