California announced it will offer residents a digital record of their coronavirus vaccination that they can use as proof they got the shot.
The state’s occupational safety board today approved new workplace rules that will eliminate the mask-wearing mandate and social distancing requirements for vaccinated workers
The state has now lifted most rules for masking, social distancing, capacity limits and closures, with many residents ready to welcome a summer much different than the last.
Vaccinated people don’t need to wear masks in most places, but don’t toss your stash of face coverings just yet.
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After 15 months of restrictions on how residents work, eat, socialize and otherwise gather, the state is finally shedding most of the measures enacted to stem the spread of COVID-19.
Mayor Robert Garcia said the rules that Long Beach residents can expect after the California economy fully reopens could be released in the next few days, but they won’t include a requirement to prove vaccination status to go maskless.
“One person told me it looked like a Walmart explosion on the street,” Councilwoman Cindy Allen said. “It was sort of a free-for-all; it wasn’t the situation they wanted.”
California will end most virus restrictions on June 15, but Newsom said he won’t lift the statewide “state of emergency” and relinquish the broad powers that come with it.
Conflicted California regulators approved controversial rules that allow workers to go maskless only if every employee in a room is fully vaccinated.