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At Long Last, No More COVID-19 Color Tiers For California Counties; The State Reopens

But, keep that mask; Still needed for things like travel, visits to medical offices

It’s the day we’ve been talking about for months. It’s reopening day for California. Many Ventura County residents they are thrilled.

But, what exactly does it mean?

Ventura County Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin says you won’t need your mask as much. But, he says you may not be able to retire it yet. Even if you are fully vaccinated, there are still some places you still need to mask up.

Masks are still required in medical offices, and when you are using transportation like planes, buses, and shared vehicles like Ubers. They'll be required in long-term care facilities. And kids K-12 will have to wear them indoors in schools.

But, if you are fully vaccinated, life will be a lot closer to what it looked like pre-pandemic. You can go into a store, eat at a restaurant, or sit down at a bar without social distancing, or a wearing a mask.

Levin says still up in the air is what requirements, if any will be in place for workplaces like offices. State officials are expected to made decisions on that issue later this week.

But, those who are unvaccinated are still expected to mask up. Levin says businesses, stores, and movies won’t be required to check. He says they can accept the attestations as-is. They can require people who haven’t been vaccinated to wear masks. And, if they want, they can still require everyone to wear them.

Levin says stores will be able to take down all their COVID-19 safety signs.

If you are planning to go to a concert, or sports event in a big indoor arena, like Staples Center in Los Angeles, vaccinations or a recent negative COVID-19 test are required. They will check. No shot or test equals no entry.

Outdoors, at place like Dodger Stadium people who are vaccinated don’t have to wear masks. But, it’s recommended that people who are unvaccinated continue to wear them.

And, the reality is while many people in many situations will no longer have to wear masks, some say they will still continue to do so be because they still aren’t completely comfortable with being back around people.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.