Starting Tuesday, fully vaccinated Californians can ditch the mask for activities like grocery shopping, going to the gym or to the bar.
California lifted most of its coronavirus restrictions on Tuesday, taking the U.S. a step closer to fully reopening.
Why it matters: California, the most populous state in the country, was one of the last states to drop its health restrictions, according to the New York Times.
The big picture: Establishments will no longer limit capacity, and people won't have to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Masks will still be required in places like hospitals, long-term-care facilities, public transportation and prisons, but people who have been vaccinated will, for the most part, no longer have to wear masks.
Unvaccinated people are still required to wear masks, but enforcement of that rule will be based on an honor system.
Disneyland will no longer require fully vaccinated visitors to wear masks indoors or outdoors starting on Tuesday, said the Anaheim, Calif.-based theme park and resort, which has been engaged with a phased reopening since April 30.
The move comes in conjunction with the State of California’s eased COVID-19 regulations on June 15, in which all capacity limitations and physical distancing restrictions will be dropped for fully vaccinated individuals as the state reopens the economy.
Disneyland guests age 2 and up who are not fully vaccinated are still required to continue masking up indoors, except when they are eating. Visitors will not be required to provide proof that they are vaccinated, but are asked to self-attest that they have had their COVID-19 shots before entering the theme park. All guests, vaccinated or not, will be required to wear a mask on the bus transportation from the parking lot to the parks when the Toy Story parking lot reopens on June 18.
Disneyland is also nixing its on-site temperature checks and social distancing requirements, “so we will allow guests to self-determine distancing,” said the resort on its site. The theme park will continue to have visitors make reservations to enter, however. Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel will also reopen on June 15, at reduced capacity. The Disneyland Hotel reopens on July 2, also with capacity limitations.
The Walt Disney Company had to shutter the iconic theme park in mid-March of 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S. Walt Disney World reopened last July, while Disneyland remained closed for 13 months. The California park’s reopening also meant the return of around 10,000 theme park staffers who had been furloughed for over a year.
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All fully vaccinated players and staff can stop wearing masks in dugouts, bullpens and clubhouses under the latest change to Major League Baseball's coronavirus protocols.
In addition, fully vaccinated players and staff may eat in restaurants without restrictions and attend sporting events as spectators at venues with government approved safety protocols, the commissioner's office and players' association said in a memo sent Wednesday night.
Kinexon electronic tracing devices and monitor testing are being eliminated, and compliance officers no longer have to accompany teams on trips.
Social distancing and mask requirements have been eliminated for team busses involving fully vaccinated players and staff, and players and staff can resume arriving at clubhouses more than five hours before game time.