Updates as of August 18, 2021:
- Applied vaccine verification or negative testing requirement to Indoor Mega Events involving 1,000 or more participants.
- Removed self-attestation as a mode for both vaccine verification and for verification of negative COVID-19 test for indoor events scheduled after September 20, 2021.
- Extended date for requirements and recommendations to remain in place to November 1, 2021.
On June 15, California fully reopened the economy and moved beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. All sectors listed in the Blueprint Activities and Business Tiers Chart returned to usual operations (with the limited exceptions noted below for Mega Events).
California has made great strides in vaccinating its residents, with more than 75 percent of those eligible at least partially vaccinated. Although vaccinations provide a powerful protection against COVID-19 hospitalization and death, the Delta variant, which is currently the most common strain of COVID-19 in California, is highly transmissible and may cause more severe illness. In fact, recent data suggests that viral load is roughly 1,000 times higher in people infected with the Delta variant than those infected with the original coronavirus strain. California is currently experiencing the fastest increase in COVID-19 cases during the entire pandemic with 25.7 new cases per 100,000 people per day, with case rates increasing eleven-fold within two months. Given the rapid spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant, additional precautionary measures must be taken in large, indoor events, which have the potential to cause large, substantial, and severe outbreaks. Read More.