He cautioned that the tentative plan is subject to vaccine supply and hospitalization rates, adding that officials will monitor those metrics "with the option to revisit" the target date if needed, though did not specify any numbers.
Meanwhile, in the Bay Area, eight out of nine counties are now in the "Orange" tier - Sonoma, Napa, and Contra Costa counties were promoted on Tuesday, and now only Solano County remains in the "Red", along with neighboring counties like Sacramento and San Joaquin.
California, the first state to implement a lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, plans to fully reopen the state's activities and businesses beginning June 15, based on falling infection rates and low hospitalizations in the state, Health and Human Services Mark Ghaly announced Tuesday. "We will need to remain vigilant, and continue the practices that got us here - wearing masks and getting vaccinated - but the light at the end of this tunnel has never been brighter".
California has now administered over 20 million vaccine doses. "And on June 15, all things being equal and we continue that good work, we'll have moved beyond that blueprint and we'll be opening up this economy at business as usual". A health official from Illinois' Cook County, the jurisdiction that encompasses Chicago, said Monday that a local spike in new cases will likely bring another "clampdown" within days. That number is expected to increase, with Newsom anticipating that more than 30 million doses will have been administered by the end of the month.
On April 15 all Californians 16 and older will be eligible for the vaccine.
Already receiving more than 2 million doses per week, Newsom said the June 15 sunset of the tier system is a signal that the vaccine supply chain will become even more robust in May.
"We can now begin planning for our lives post-pandemic", Newsom said.
Gavin Newsom said in a tweet that California has the lowest positivity rate in the country.
Ghaly stressed, however, that a statewide mask mandate will remain in place "to prevent illness and promote health".
The governor said he will fully re-open the state on that date if the thresholds are met.
Unless testing or vaccination status is verified for all attendees, conventions will be capped at 5,000 people until October 1, and global convention attendees will only be allowed if fully vaccinated.
"This means the end to our color-coded tiers", he said. Although he stopped short of saying they would be required to do so.