California Finalizes Plan for June 15 Reopening, Details Large Events Guidance

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

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California officials have confirmed that the state will reopen fully on June 15—a goal that Governor Newsom had announced last in April, with the caveat that vaccinations remain highly available and hospitalizations remain low. With those two conditions on track to be met, the move "beyond the blueprint" is finally becoming a reality. 

Restrictions Applying to Indoor & Outdoor Settings:

Vaccine Verification / Negative Testing

Required for Indoor mega events

Recommended for Outdoor mega events

Capacity Limitations

No restrictions

Physical Distancing

No restrictions for attendees, customers, and guests


Follow current CDPH Guidance for Face Coverings


Follow CDC recommendations and CDPH Travel Advisory


Beginning June 15:

All sectors may return to usual operations with the limited exceptions listed below for what the administration is calling "Mega Events." 

  • No capacity limitations
  • No physical distancing restrictions for attendees, customers, and guests
  • The state will align its mask and travel rules with CDC guidance, which allows vaccinated individuals to go without masks in most indoor and outdoor situations
  • For large outdoor events with more than 10,000 attendees, the state recommends that event organizers require attendees to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. As an alternative to showing proof, attendees will have the option to wear masks
  • For large indoor events with more than 5,000 attendees, event organizers will need to require attendees to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test
  • Unlike New York state, California will not be getting into the "vaccine passport" business

These requirements and recommendations will be in place through October 1. The state will assess conditions by September 1 to determine whether updated requirements or recommendations are needed beyond October 1.

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Category: COVID-19, California, Governor Newsom