Citing increased vaccination rates and low COVID-19 hospitalization rates, the State of California has announced that it will no longer require physical distancing or limited capacity anywhere as of June 15. There will continue to be some guidance on face coverings, in line with the CDC guidelines. Some businesses may also continue to require masks for the health and safety of their own patrons and employees if they so choose. For large outdoor gatherings with more than 10,000 people, organizers will be required to check for proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test, but patrons without either of those may be allowed in if they wear a face covering. For indoor events with more than 5,000 people, attendees must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to enter; masking alone will not provide entry. The Department of Public Health will also lift all isolation and quarantining requirements for travelers, and will instead issue a travel advisory that aligns with CDC guidance. Please visit Beyond the Blueprint Framework for Industry and Business Sectors, with Limited Exceptions (ca.gov) for full details. The Association of Bay Area Health Officials also released a statement this week supporting the State’s decision to maintain masking indoors, despite the CDC’s announcement that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks in certain indoor settings.