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Scott Steepleton, Editor
8:03 am PDT May 25, 2021

County officials will follow the state of California’s expected relaxing of COVID-19 restrictions on June 15 and adopt the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s masking guidelines for the vaccinated and unvaccinated.

What this means for Malibu is that those who are fully vaccinated will no longer need to wear masks in most situations.

L.A. County moved into the Blueprint For a Safer Economy’s least restrictive yellow tier on May 6, bringing an easing of restrictions for many parts of the economy, including retail, grocery, hospitality, office-based worksites, personal care and more.

As of Monday, almost half of county residents 16 and older were fully vaccinated against the virus. This, public health officials say, has helped move the county toward pre-pandemic life.

In about three weeks, if COVID-19 cases rates and deaths remain low, Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to “fully reopen” the state’s economy.

Still in place would be specific requirements for large capacity indoor events.

But the important travel sector, which affects Malibu, would likely see a resurgence as the county aligns its travel restrictions with guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.