June 15 California Reopening: ABC7 explores what’s changed since California COVID-19 restrictions lifted

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — California’s coronavirus restrictions lifted Tuesday, but what has actually changed? We sent several ABC7 News reporters out across the Bay Area to find out.

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ABC7 News reporter Amy Hollyfield started her morning at Starbucks, where masks are now optional for vaccinated customers in accordance with the updated mask mandate.

On BART, however, masks are still required for all riders. Hollyfield said she still saw everyone wearing masks while she was at the Dublin/Pleasanton station.

“Our latest data capture found 96% of the people were wearing masks. For the very few who don’t want to wear masks, they will be escorted off of the system. But that is very rare,” said BART spokesperson Jim Allison.

Reporter Matt Boone also checked out a grocery store in San Jose Tuesday morning. The owner told him he doesn’t trust the “honor system,” so he’s continuing to require all customers still wear masks — not just those who are unvaccinated.

He also visited a gym where masks are no longer required, but found many people wearing them anyways.

We have reporters out and about in San Francisco, the East Bay and the South Bay today. We’ll update this story as they report back.

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