In a press conference yesterday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the state to eliminate the color-coded tier system and “start to open up as business as usual” on June 15. A key metric in the decision is the 20 million total vaccine doses that have already been administered in California. The state will do away with its Blueprint for a Safer Economy, the four-tier, color-coded system that has guided economic reopening through a series of restrictions and capacity limits. That system has been in place for 31 weeks.

Orange County moved from the most restrictive purple tier to the second-most restrictive red tier in mid-March, and from the red tier to the less restrictive orange tier this week.