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Next week marks the reopening of California -- and that's great news for Malibu. Scott Steepleton/Surfside News
Scott Steepleton, Editor
1:35 pm PDT June 8, 2021

A question on the minds of many — “Will Los Angeles County follow the guidelines of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s statewide reopening set for next week?” — has been answered.

Yes, it will. And that’s great news for Malibu.

Physical distancing requirements and capacity limits for businesses are set to be lifted on June 15, but Los Angeles County Public Health officials say protecting county workers “will be a top priority especially those communities that were hardest hit during the worst of the pandemic.”

The Cal/OSHA standards board has recommended relaxing physical distancing and masking requirements for fully vaccinated workers, along with other adjustments in advance of the great reopening. If those standards are approved, they are expected to go into effect no later than June 15.

On Thursday, county officials will brief the public on the latest COVID-19 updates and the reopening. The event starts at 6 p.m. on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube @lapublichealth. For more information and to submit a question, go to tinyurl.com/AskReopeningTownHall.

As of Monday, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health identified more than 1.245 million positive cases of COVID-19 in the county and a total of 24,392 deaths.

Malibu has seen 445 cases and seven deaths.

Case numbers and other metrics continue to remain low and stable, officials said.

At the same time, officials say the most powerful step against spread is vaccination. As of June 4, more than 9,619,204 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the county. Of these, 5.5 million were first doses.

More than 4.5 million or 54 percent L.A. County residents 16 and over are fully vaccinated.

Sixty-five percent have received one dose of the vaccine.