Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of the state’s Health and Human Services, released a statement Monday that said California will keep its current guidelines in place until June 15, when the state plans to do away with its tiered schedule of reopening and fully reopen its economy. Currently, face coverings in California are no longer required outdoors except at crowded events and for unvaccinated people when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
“California has made amazing progress in our fight against COVID-19. With more than 34 million vaccines administered, we now have among the lowest case and positivity rates in the nation,” Ghaly said.
Last week, the CDC revised its masking guidelines to allow fully vaccinated people to go without face coverings in nearly all scenarios, except for in medical settings or on public transportation, subject to state and local regulations. Unvaccinated people were still urged to wear masks, and the revised guidelines prompted some national retailers to drop their face covering requirements, leading to widespread confusion.
Over the weekend, former “Silver Spoons” actor Rick Schroder demonstrated some of the confusion when he demanded a local Costco allow him to enter without a mask, citing the CDC’s new guidelines. It’s not clear if Schroder is fully vaccinated, and Costco did not allow him to enter without a face covering and issued him a refund for his membership fee.