The Democrat’s executive order will end the state’s tier system that based restrictions on case numbers in different counties, according to FOX 11 in Los Angeles.
“California is turning the page on this pandemic, thanks to swift action by the state and the work of Californians who followed public health guidelines and got vaccinated to protect themselves and their communities,” Newsom said in a statement. “With nearly 40 million vaccines administered and among the lowest case rates in the nation, we are lifting the orders that impact Californians on a day-to-day basis while remaining vigilant to protect public health and safety as the pandemic persists.”
The state will remove most state-imposed restrictions on masks, capacity limits and social distancing, although many businesses will likely keep some in place.
A new state mask order that takes effect Tuesday allows vaccinated people to go most places – indoors and outdoors – without masks but still requires face coverings in public spaces for those who aren’t vaccinated. It was unclear how that would be enforced.
Masks will still be required in places like hospitals, public transit, nursing homes and homeless shelters and proof of vaccination or negative test will be required for large indoor events, according to FOX 11.
Three state Republican lawmakers asked Newsom in a letter this week why he hasn’t ended the emergency declaration since infection rates have gotten substantially lower.
The governor’s office said Friday that 90% of Newsom’s executive orders issued during the pandemic will be lifted by the end of September.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.