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Governor Newsom Continues to Roll Back COVID-19 Executive Orders

SACRAMENTO – Continuing California’s progress in responsibly winding down executive orders implemented in response to the pandemic, Governor Gavin Newsom today took action to lift additional COVID-19 related executive order provisions, while maintaining California’s nation-leading testing and vaccination programs and protecting hospital capacity – key components of the state’s SMARTER Plan to guide California’s response to the pandemic.

“As California navigates the evolving pandemic, the state remains laser-focused on keeping Californians safe while advancing our ongoing recovery,” said Governor Newsom. “We’re continuing to deploy proven strategies and programs that allow us to swiftly and effectively respond to changing pandemic conditions, take on equity gaps, and keep us moving forward.”

The Governor’s action today immediately terminates five provisions related to Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards, following updated workplace safety rules that took effect last month. Fifteen additional provisions are set to expire on June 30, after which only 5 percent of the COVID-19 related executive order provisions issued throughout the pandemic will remain in place.

Important measures still in effect to bolster the state’s COVID response and recovery efforts include provisions that support:

  • COVID Testing – Providing flexibility to support the state’s testing program, which under the SMARTER Plan will continue being able to process at least 500,000 tests per day. For example, through executive action the Governor has waived a provision that would require a health care professional to review each test result before it was released electronically to patients, and expanded scopes of practice for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to conduct COVID tests.

  • Vaccinations and Boosters – Ensuring flexibility to advance the state’s vaccination and booster programs, which under the SMARTER Plan will continue being able to distribute at least 200,000 doses per day. This includes waiving licensing requirements temporarily to enable pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to administer COVID vaccines and waiving requirements so that the state can offer mobile vaccine clinics.

  • Protecting Hospital Capacity and Vulnerable Populations – Provisions to protect both capacity in our health care delivery system and vulnerable populations, particularly during COVID surges. This includes provisions allowing health care workers from out of state to provide services in California and enabling the Department of Developmental Services to provide remote and expanded nonresidential services for more clients.


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