(CNN) California lifted most of its Covid-19 restrictions on Tuesday as part of a larger reconstruction, where the state will end capability limits, physical distance and – at least their vaccination – for the need for masks.
The new health order went into effect on Tuesday and in most cases allows vaccinated people to go without covering their faces, leaving the state with the direction of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Masks are still required for public transport, in hospitals and prisons, as well as in schools, child care centers and K-12s, with updated guidelines pending from the CDC.
The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board initially said masks would still be needed unless everyone in the same room was vaccinated. However, last week, the board reversed itself and said it would not be necessary for fully vaccinated workers to wear masks or physical distance, regardless of the vaccination status of others.
Gov. Gavin Newsom indicated he would sign a special order later this week on the use of masks at work to “clear up any ambiguity.”
The public health system requires vaccination verification or at least recommended only 5,000 or more people at home or 10,000 participants abroad for mega-events, according to the revised health order.
Health workers talk to a teenager before giving a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a drive-through clinic at California State University, Northridge on May 13.
California will also limit capacity at all venues and stop applying physical distances, and each county will retire color-coded layer systems, Newsom released a news release Friday.