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California likely to soften mask mandate after June 15th

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SALINAS, Calif. (KION) Gov. Gavin Newsom announces California is likely to get rid of outdoor mask mandates on June 15th.

With a coronavirus positivity rate of just 1.1 percent, the lowest in the entire nation, things are starting to look up in the sunny state of California and with that comes the prospect of less masks in the future after June 15th. This doesn't mean that there will be no mask mandates, the Governor says there will be masks for indoor activities. But, what does that mean for schools on the central coast, the Santa Cruz superintendent, Farris Sabbah, says it's too early to say but they'll continue to follow current guidelines.

"Until that guidance changes for schools, our understanding is that we will continue to be using face coverings," said Sabbah.

For now, the California Department of Public Health states that fully vaccinated persons are not required to wear a mask outdoors except in crowded events.

The governor says he hopes that sooner or later that the indoor mask mandates after June 15th be lifted as well.

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Stephanie Aceves

Stephanie Aceves is a multi-media journalist at KION News Channel 5/46.


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