Gavin Newsom Says California Could Reopen Sooner Than June 15 – Deadline

“I expect optimism in our future. We’re gonna come roaring back,” declared a triumphal California Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled his revised budget for the state.

As Newsom optimistically ticked off the billions being allocated from the state’s $76 billion budget surplus, he was asked if California might emerge from state-imposed Covid restrictions before his self-stated June 15 reopening date.

“We are still on track to get rid of the Blueprint by June 15,” he reported. “As we continue to vaccinate more and more people, it’s on par with our expectations to date,” Newsom continued, but noted vaccine uptake by the public has diminished slightly.

“If we continue to see these [test] positivity rates — 1.1% — the stability, no question, we will get there on or before June 15,” he said. “I’m confident of that.”

That certitude stood in contrast to his assessment of the seemingly contradictory mask announcements from the CDC and the White House yesterday. Of course, the status of masking mandates is a crucial piece of any reopening plan. Newsom said he would be meeting with his public health team later on Friday and that Californians should “Expect more detailed information this afternoon.”

Earlier in the week, California Governor Gavin Newsom was strident in his assurance that masks were going away for fully-vaccinated residents.

On Tuesday, Newsom was asked by a reporter if there would be a mask mandate after June 15. The usually-loquacious Newsom said quickly, “No.” He then enumerated a few rare circumstances where masks would still be needed.

“Only in those massively large [indoor] settings where people from around the world are convening & people are mixing in real dense spaces. Otherwise…no mandates,” he said.

On Wednesday, the Governor seemed to remove the “massively large” from his indoor prohibition, telling reporters, “For indoor activities we still will have, likely, some mask mandates. But the hope is those will be lifted sooner rather than later.”

You can watch Newsom’s budget announcement below.

Source: Deadline

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