Californian residents have returned to the beaches this Memorial weekend, just as the state prepares to relax business restrictions that were put in place more than one year ago as the COVID-19 pandemic began. Many beaches were packed with families congregating together for barbecues and a day in the sun, some of who haven’t seen each other in quite a long time.
This latest weekend signals the slight return to normalcy, a first for those who live in California. California was the first state in America to fully shut down in March 2020. They shut down statewide, and while they have reopened in many regards since this initial shutdown, the state as a whole has experienced many situations where they were one of the epicenters of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.
However, in the last few months, things have greatly turned around in California. As vaccinations came underway, things began to look up. Now that the CDC has recommended that fully vaccinated adults no longer have to wear masks indoors or outdoors, many states have begun to fully allow their businesses to reopen where necessary. Vaccinated adults also no longer have to social distance.
Because of the amount of Americans now vaccinated — and because of the CDC’s recommendations — businesses nationwide have begun to increase their operations as more Americans are looking to travel and spend this summer. California is no different.
As positive COVID-19 cases in the state have fallen significantly in recent weeks, the state has issued that businesses can fully operate on June 15 as the state ends its tier system. Many cities and counties have already ended this tier system, though June 15 will end the system for all parts of the state.
This end of the tier system will surely help many businesses throughout all of California. Already, travel has increased in the state immensely, per the Los Angeles Times. While the amount of travel isn’t what it was about two years ago, many analysts are positive about the steady increase in travel and are optimistic that the travel industry will only continue to grow in the state as a whole. This, as a result, will help grow business in California.
As the June 15th date nears, it’s expected that business will increase in all industries in the state. Nationwide, there is a large growth in business and a huge desire for products and services, as Americans are looking forward to traveling and meeting up with family and friends, some for the first time in more than a year. This is also happening in California, naturally.
California is a major economic power in the whole of the United States. It’s the largest economy in the U.S., and also one of the best in the country. As business increases this summer (and later this year) in California, this will only help the economy in the entire nation grow as a result. As it’s expected for the whole economy to grow as the vaccination numbers grow, California’s economy will also likely grow.