Open for Business

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After fifteen months, California is open today, June 15! For the most part, the mask mandate has been lifted.

Will you continue to wear a mask in public or in stores? Do you think we’re safe or should we still be cautious? Are you ready to go to a bar or restaurant?

I’ll continue to wear a mask in stores, not only because it kept me safe from Covid, but I didn’t get a cold or the flu at ALL.

There’s still a mask mandate on public transportation: buses, trains, and airplanes.

At the end of the day, I am really happy to wear lipstick again!

In my county, here’s the details:

  • Aquariums Open indoors with modifications
  • Bars (with no meals) Open indoors with modifications. Max 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer. Capacity may increase to 37.5% if all guests show proof of negative test or full vaccination
  • Breweries (with no meals) Open indoors and outdoors with modifications. Max 50% capacity, or 200 people, whichever is fewer. Capacity may increase to 75% if all guests show proof of negative test or full vaccination
  • Cardrooms Open indoors with modifications. Max 50% capacity. Capacity may increase to 75% if all guests show proof of negative test or full vaccination
  • Carwashes Open with modifications
  • Child care Open with modifications
  • Cultural ceremonies Indoor ceremonies permitted with modifications. Max 50% capacity recommended.
  • Day camps Open with modifications
  • Dine-in restaurants Open indoors with modifications. Max 50% capacity. Capacity may increase to 75% if all guests show proof of negative test or full vaccination
  • Distilleries (with no meals) Open indoors and outdoors with modifications. Max 50% capacity, or 200 people, whichever is fewer. Capacity may increase to 75% if all guests show proof of negative test or full vaccination
  • Doctors and dentists Open with modifications
  • Family entertainment Open outdoors only with modifications for kart racing, mini-golf, batting cages. Open indoors with modifications for naturally distanced activities like bowling, climbing walls. Open indoors for activities with increased risk of proximity and mixing with modifications. Max 50% capacity. Arcade games, ice and roller skating, indoor playgrounds
  • Food banks, gas stations and convenience stores Open with modifications
  • Gyms Open indoors with modifications. Max 50% capacity. Saunas, spas, steam rooms and indoor pools open. Capacity may increase to 75% if all guests show proof of negative test or full vaccination
  • Hair salons and barbershops Open indoors with modifications
  • Higher education Capacity for indoor lectures and student gatherings must be limited to 50%. Some courses conducted in certain indoor settings, like labs and studio arts, may be open at regular capacity. Conduct student activities virtually when possible
  • Hotels for tourism and individual travel Open with modifications. Fitness centers max 50% capacity. Indoor pools, spa facilities open
  • K-12 schools Schools may reopen fully for in-person instruction. Local school officials will decide whether and when that will occur. Check with your school district.
  • Landscapers Open with modifications
  • Libraries Open with modifications
  • Movie theaters Open indoors with modifications. Max 50% capacity. Capacity may increase to 75% if all guests show proof of negative test or full vaccination
  • Museums Open indoors with modifications
  • Nail salons Open indoors with modifications
  • Nonessential business offices Open indoors with modifications. Encourage working remotely
  • Pet groomers Open with modifications
  • Places of worship Open indoors with modifications. Max 50% capacity recommended
  • Professional sports Can open with modifications. Check with the venue for additional guidance.
  • Racetracks Open with modifications. Permanent venues with live audiences outdoors only. Max 25% capacity. Regional attendees only with reservations and assigned seating. In-seat concessions only.
  • Recreation Can open with modifications
  • Retailers Open with modifications
  • Shopping malls Open with modifications. Reduced capacity food courts
  • State and local government Open with modifications
  • Takeout restaurants Open with modifications
  • Tattoo parlors Open indoors with modifications
  • Theme parks Larger parks open with modifications 25% capacity. Reservations or advance tickets required
  • Wineries Open indoors and outdoors with modifications. Max 50% capacity, or 200 people, whichever is fewer. Capacity may increase to 75% if all guests show proof of negative test or full vaccination
  • Zoos Open indoors with modifications (Zoos suck and I don’t approve of them FYI)
    (Info curated from the LA Times)

10 thoughts on “Open for Business

  1. Congrats to CA! I have a niece and a nephew who are both enrolled in college there. My nephew opted to take a leave of absence last year and worked, while his sister lived at home with their parents and continued with school online. I know they’ll be happy to be back on campus in the fall (assuming this will be an option). As for me, we’re still waiting for our governor to repeal the mask mandate, so I’m happy to comply. And when it’s repealed I’ll be going maskless in stores again. Just the other day I noticed a number of people without masks in our local grocery store – that still asks people to wear them. I’ll be curious to see what precautions my husband (who is not vaccinated) takes. It would really suck for him to get Covid at the tail of the pandemic.

    With this whole Covid experience I learned that in countries like Japan and China, when I’ve seen people wearing masks it wasn’t because they were afraid of getting sick (as I’d assumed). It was because they were sick and didn’t want to make others around them sick. We need to follow this! Especially in tight quarters like schools, office buildings and public transportation.

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    • I went to do errands and grocery store this morning. I can report that 90% are still wearing masks like me, and 100% of employees were because they said they had to wait until management gave them specific directives. Fam in your state say they are waiting like you, but will prob still wear masks in stores and crowds. My son has a year sabbatical so he won’t be doing any teaching for a whole year, and I assume after that UW will be completely back to normal. Fingers crossed!

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  2. CO is similar. I have eaten in a restaurant and really didn’t do it right. I tipped with currency not my card, but OH WELL. Considering it’s been easily 1 1/2 years since I attempted that and was a little stressed, being an idiot isn’t that surprising. I’m not changing most of my habits. I still don’t want to go inside a grocery store. I don’t care if I go to restaurants — that’s a house-guest thing anyway. I”m very happy CA has made so much progress! I think it relieves the general social stress we’ve all been under.

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