California Reopens as Most COVID-19 Restrictions are Lifted


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As the state reopens, restrictions on capacity and social distancing have been lifted, although businesses can implement their own rules. Mask requirements are no longer in place for people who are fully vaccinated, although there are some exceptions.

Loosened COVID-19 restrictions may be a relief to most Californians, but others may be feeling something they didn't expect–- like social anxiety. Some experts say that dealing with these concerns directly is the best way to feel more comfortable.

Reporter: Jackie Fortier, KPCC

As the state reopens, the hope is that travel will pick up during the summer months. Many popular destinations are already seeing an increase in visitors.

Guests: Tom Davies, President of V. Sattui Winery in Napa County, Scott Gediman, Spokesperson for Yosemite National Park, Kris Reyes, Spokesperson for Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

The cards will be an option for businesses who may be concerned about the vaccination status of people not wearing masks. The governor's office says it will not be a requirement and is not a vaccine passport.

Reporter: Scott Shafer, KQED

Restaurants and bars in California are finally able to open without any capacity restrictions. Most have had to adjust their business models during the pandemic based on ever-changing health guidelines.

Guests: Kim Alter, Chef and Owner of Nightbird Restaurant in San Francisco, Jessica Maria and Michael Valladares, Co-Owners of the Hotsy Totsy Club in Albany, Uyen Le, Chef and Owner of Be U Kitchen in Los Angeles

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