This week’s top story: Tuesday’s announcement that California was once again open for tourists and business.
Those people vaccinated can take their masks off for most activities, capacity restrictions are lifted and social distancing is needed in only the most crowded of conditions, the state announced.
In many places, however, Tuesday and Wednesday looked a lot like Monday and the weeks and months before it. The state’s June 15 announcement was not a magical switch to pre-pandemic patterns.
“Relief and happiness were almost palpably in the air, but reopening day in California blossomed gingerly on Tuesday,” reported the San Francisco Chronicle.
“In a region where local officials enacted — and residents broadly supported — some of the nation’s earliest, strictest and longest-lasting pandemic rules, daily life in some places looked scarcely different on Tuesday than it had for the past several months,” said the Mercury News.
KTVU described the need for patience on last night’s telecast. It’s going to take most of the summer and then some for conventions, students and office workers to return in force.
Some office workers are already back.
Said Joshua Burroughs of Urban Catalyst: “We returned 100% back to work for our office Tuesday. The entire team is excited and the energy is amazing in person.”
Gensler Architects is returning in a phased approach and expects to be at 50 percent in July, said Brian Corbett, Studio Director for Gensler.