The US Centers for Disease Control says vaccinated Americans can go maskless in most places. But before you go all insufferable Ricky Schroeder on your local Walmart, let us warn you: for California, nothing changes until June 15.
California Health & Human Services Agency Secretary Mark Ghaly announced Monday that California would keep the current statewide mask mandate in place until June 15. After that, fully vaccinated people can visit most indoor places sans face covering. On a call with reporters, Ghaly said the extra four weeks would give businesses time to plan and adjust.
Counties have been waiting since May 13 to see if or how the state would update the policy to align with the CDC. Some officials like LA Supervisor Katherine Barger have called on the governor to do away with the state mask mandate. On the other hand, groups like the California Nurses' Association have urged the state to hold off.
“We are going to be there for our patients. We always have been, but it was really a challenge caring for so many patients that were so sick with the COVID virus and having 0% capacity sometimes. We don't want to go through that again," said Sandy Reding, President of CA Nurses Association and Vice President of National Nurses United.
Redding expressed concerns about emerging variants and the fact that people who claim to be vaccinated may not be. Given the highly political nature of masks and vaccines, that’s a real risk.