California is Planning to Reopen on June 15, 2021

By Jacquelyn E. Quinn, Esq.

It is the announcement we have all been waiting for. On June 15, California will move Beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Meaning, most community association activities and facilities will be permitted to return to usual, pre-pandemic operations under the State’s guidance and the State’s purple, red, orange and yellow tiers will be eliminated.

Beginning June 15, California will no longer impose capacity limitations, physical distancing requirements or vaccine verification/negative testing in indoor and outdoor settings, with an exception for “mega events.” Mega events are events that bring together large crowds of greater than 5,000 (indoors) and 10,000 (outdoors) attendees. Vaccine verification/negative testing will continue to be required for indoor mega events and recommended for outdoor mega events.

As far as face coverings, now and beyond June 15, all individuals and businesses must continue to follow the California Department of Public Health face covering guidance. It is anticipated that California will update its face covering guidance to generally align with the CDC’s guidance regarding face coverings on or around June 15. Therefore, it is important to check the State’s face covering guidance for updates.

It is also important to note that counties and cities are allowed to impose COVID-19 requirements that are more restrictive than the State’s guidelines. Therefore, community association boards should confirm whether there are any requirements or orders issued by the county or city related to common area reopening’s before making decisions regarding how to proceed.

While very limited measures will remain, community associations may be able to see life getting back to a pre-pandemic normal beginning June 15.