Facing the prospect of a recall election after his widely panned handling of his state during the coronavirus pandemic, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday the end of all restrictions beginning June 15.
"We are announcing today that on June 15th we will be moving beyond the blueprint and we will be getting rid of the colored tiers," Newsom said. "We'll be moving past the dimmer switch. We will be getting rid of the blueprint as you know it today. That's on June 15 if we continue the good work."
While some are likely to suggest Newsom's announcement has more to do with his concern over the coming recall effort, the governor's office said the sudden change in direction is due to vaccine distribution.
"With more than 20 million vaccines administered across the state, it is time to turn the page on our tier system and begin looking to fully reopen California's economy," the governor said. "We can now begin planning for our lives post-pandemic."
The state mask mandate will remain past June 15, but all businesses, restaurants, churches, movie theaters, sport stadiums, and bars will be allowed to fully reopen.