California to Reopen its Economy with COVID Vaccine and Testing Requirements

  • Richard Marley
  • May 25, 2021
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After more than a year of COVID-19 restrictions, the State of California to finally reopen its economy by 15h June. The state government officials revealed details about the new requirements regarding large events like games and concerts. 

In the coming months, the state plans to drop the social distancing restrictions and business capacity limits. In accord with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s masking plan, the state will allow the vaccinated citizens to abandon the face-covering in some of the settings.

The state allowed the venues to be opened at a certain capacity previously and asked for proof of negative COVID test report or proof of vaccination. Now, officials allow the large indoor events to operate with the verification of coronavirus test report or proof of vaccination. 

Proof of vaccination must be furnished for large scale indoor events like conventions, conferences, expos, concerts, sporting events, etc. with a crowd of more than 5,000 people.

Those who are not yet vaccinated must provide a negative test report taken within 72 hours before the event. This requirement is implemented on all the indoor events despite their sizes and the attendees must follow the face mask guidance provided by the state. Venues will have to ensure that all the attendees are properly informed about the testing and vaccination requirements. They will also have to take care of the verification process of the test reports or vaccine health cards. 

For the large outdoor events like festivals marathons, sporting events, car shows, concerts, parades, etc. with more than 10,000 attendees, the state is requiring a proper verification of the vaccine certificate and negative COVID-19 test report. The non-vaccinated attendees must attend the event with the mask on and the venue must provide the masks to the attendees. 

The event organisers must encourage the attendees to use the CA notify to get a warning text if they have been in contact with someone who has contracted the disease. 

In order to prove their vaccination status, people can bring either original or a photocopy of the CDC card they get when they are vaccinated or bring a photo of it on their phones. They can also bring the verification document from a healthcare service providers. 

In order to verify the negative test, people can show the document they get from laboratories or show the emails where they receive their test report. The report must contain the name, type of the test, date, and status of the test. 

The restriction to verify the negative test report and vaccine certificate must be placed by October 2021.