As California prepares to return to normal and fully reopen the state’s economy, updated changes to COVID-19 regulations are expected in the coming weeks. While the University continues to receive updated guidance from state and local health agencies, the following updates are anticipated beginning as early as next week:
- On June 15 California will sunset its Blueprint for a Safer Economy, which currently guides reopening criteria for counties in the state. As part of this plan, most state industry-specific guidance will be discontinued and masking and physical distancing requirements will be relaxed for retail businesses and restaurants.
- While specific details are not yet available, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has indicated an intention to largely align with the state’s changes, though some industry-specific protocols may continue, including for areas such as higher education.
- Cal/OSHA, which governs workplace rules in the state, is expected to reconsider its current masking and physical distancing rules at its next meeting on June 17. Any changes the division makes would not go into effect until the end of June at the earliest.
As additional information is released, the University will communicate any modifications to Pepperdine’s safety protocols or impacts to University operations.