Photos: A post-COVID-19 Memorial Day: Crowds, parties, reconnections but still some caution
After more than 14 months of life torn apart by the pandemic, the holiday weekend has brought no relief as Californians cautiously resuming things they normally do, starting with barbecues and trips to the beach.
California now registers one of the lowest COVID-19 case rates from any state in the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Statewide, 1,057 people were hospitalized on Monday with confirmed cases, a drop of 23% from two weeks ago, according to data compiled by The Times.
The reflux of the coronavirus is in part due to California’s relatively high vaccination rates. Almost two-thirds of Californians eligible for vaccination – those who are at least 12 years old – have received at least one dose, According to the CDC.
On June 15, the state plans to reopen completely. People who are fully vaccinated will be able to stop wearing masks in most situations. Capacity restrictions and physical distancing rules will be lifted at almost all businesses.
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