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- Newsom says mask mandate to finish June 15. Or does he?
- Golden State teens can start making vaccine appointments at select CVS pharmacies
- Newsom proposes free kindergarten for all California 4-year-olds by 2024
- Ellen DeGeneres announces end to talk show
- Video captures the moment a crowded Malibu balcony collapses, injuring several partygoers
Newsom says mask mandate to finish June 15. Or does he?
California Gov. Gavin Newsom mentioned Tuesday that the nation’s most populous state would stop requiring people to wear masks in almost all circumstances on June 15, describing a world he mentioned will look “a lot like the world we entered into before the pandemic.”
“We’re not wearing face coverings. We’re not restricted in any way, shape or form from doing the old things that we used to do, save for huge, large-scale indoor convention events like that, where we use our common sense,” Newsom mentioned in an interview with Fox 11’s Elex Michaelson.
California has required folks to put on masks in public locations since final June.
About half of the states require folks to put on masks in public. In early March, Texas grew to become the biggest state to eliminate its mask mandate, a transfer Newsom on the time known as “absolutely reckless.”
But then on Wednesday, Newsom seemed to reverse course. California is probably going to have “tips and mandates” for wearing masks indoors after the state fully reopens next month, he said, according to Associated Press. Asked to clarify Newsom’s comments, Ali Bay, spokeswoman for the California Department of Public Health, said the state will “continue to update face coverings guidance as appropriate, with the goal of continuing to loosen restrictions as more people get vaccinated.” She urged Californians to continue to follow the state’s current mask guidelines.
Last month, Newsom said he would lift most of the state’s coronavirus restrictions on June 15 if the state’s coronavirus case numbers continued to improve. In his interview with Fox 11, the governor said the rate of people testing positive for the coronavirus in California is just 1.1%, noting that it is “the lowest in the nation.”
Golden State teens can start making vaccine appointments at select CVS pharmacies
CVS Health introduced Wednesday that adolescents ages 12 to 15 can begin scheduling COVID-19 vaccine appointments at more than 5,600 pharmacy locations nationwide, in accordance to a press launch. There are greater than 500 areas in California.
Participating locations will begin administering the Pfizer vaccine to young teens beginning Thursday. Parental or guardian consent is required, and children must be accompanied by an adult.
A federal advisory committee said Wednesday that adolescents ages 12 to 15 should get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, after the Food and Drug Administration authorized emergency use of these shots in this age group earlier this week.The Pfizer vaccine is currently the only FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds.
People can schedule an appointment at cvs.com or through the CVS Pharmacy app. Walk-ins are also accepted.
Parents can go to vaccinateall58.com to study extra information in regards to the vaccine.
Newsom proposes free kindergarten for all California 4-year-olds by 2024
All 4-year-olds in California would go to kindergarten for free under a new proposal from Newsom, part of a new education spending package made possible by the state’s surprise budget surplus, which includes an extra $17.7 billion to spend on public education.
The governor announced Wednesday that he wants to use part of that money to expand the state’s transitional kindergarten program to all 4-year-olds by the 2024-25 school year. This multiyear, multibillion-dollar commitment to education is intended to reach those students with the most needs, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.
About 91,000 students are enrolled in transitional kindergarten right now. While it’s unclear how many more students would be eligible under Newsom’s plan, a similar proposal in the state Assembly would serve an additional 266,000 4-year-olds, according to a legislative analysis.
While California does not require anyone to go to school until age 6, school districts are required to offer kindergarten program for students who turn 5 by Sept. 2 of each year and a two-year transitional kindergarten program for students who turn 5 by Dec. 2. Newsom’s plan would eventually make all children who turn 4 by Sept. 1 eligible for the transitional kindergarten program.
Ellen DeGeneres announces end to talk show
In Hollywood information, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” will soon no longer be dancing across TV screens.
Ellen DeGeneres instructed The Hollywood Reporter in an interview Wednesday that she plans to end her long-running talk show next May after 19 seasons on the air.
“When you’re a inventive individual, you consistently want to be challenged — and as nice as this present is, and as enjoyable as it’s, it’s simply not a problem anymore,” DeGeneres, 63, instructed the journal.
The move does not come as a huge surprise. Every talk show is down in the ratings this season, but “Ellen” noticed a far greater decline, ever since she was embroiled in controversy in 2020 after allegations of toxic workplace conditions and mistreatment. Three govt producers have been ousted on account of an inside office evaluation. DeGeneres apologized privately to her staffers and publicly on air final September.
“Ellen” debuted on Sept. 8, 2003, and has won 61 Daytime Emmy Awards and 17 People’s Choice Awards.
Video captures the moment a crowded Malibu balcony collapses, injuring several partygoers
A neighbor’s camera caught the moment when a crowded balcony collapsed in Malibu, exterior Los Angeles, sending some 15 folks practically 15 toes down to the rocks and sand beneath.
Fire Captain Ron Haralson told USA TODAY nine people were injured, 4 of whom have been transported to a neighborhood hospital. He added not one of the accidents have been important.
The residence had been rented out over the weekend for a birthday celebration, however the homeowner told CBS Los Angeles only six people were allowed to be there. She mentioned she realized from neighbors that there have been about 30 folks there.
Local officials have now declared the home uninhabitable.
In other Malibu news, if you’re a fan of Miley Cyrus’ song “Malibu” (as I’m — catch me in the suitable temper and I’m probably to shed a tear whereas listening to it), you’ll be able to head on over to popsugar.com to have a good time the track turning 4 Tuesday. The singer shares a house video of her recording the observe and discusses how a lot the lyrics nonetheless imply to her.
That’s all for today. In California is a roundup of news from across USA Today network newsrooms. Also contributing: CBS Los Angeles, The Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles Times, popsugar.com. We’ll be back in your inbox tomorrow with the latest headlines.
As the philanthropy and particular sections editor at The Desert Sun, Winston Gieseke writes about nonprofits, fundraising and people who give back in the Coachella Valley. Reach him at [email protected].