Beyond the Blueprint
California has moved beyond the Blueprint. On June 15, 2023, California met the criteria to fully reopen the economy. The Guidance below is no longer in effect and is for historical purposes only. (9/8/23)

Updated Beyond the Blueprint Questions & Answers: Industry & Sectors Guidance (Including Mega Events) - Last updated May 24, 2022

or additional guidance from the State beyond the blueprint, visit the California Department of Public Health Beyond the Blueprint website

Beyond the Blueprint Questions & Answers 
California is Open - What does this mean? Flyer
Face Coverings Q&A
Staying Ready – California’s COVID-19 Preparedness & Equity Strategies

Mega Events
Effective April 1, requirements for vaccine verification or proof of negative test for indoor mega-events will be lifted and move to a strong recommendation. For more information, click here.

Changes in the Workplace
Employers are subject to the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS), if applicable to them. Click here for the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 guidance and resources.

Transition from the Blueprint
The California Department of Public Health's (CDPH) strategy is to use various levers and incentives to increase protection of Californians and incentivize vaccination to move us towards community immunity. Since March CDPH has adjusted the Blueprint to recognize the role of vaccines in reducing the transmission. These strategies include:

  • Get vaccinated and boosted
  • Reopening and expanding the capacity of outdoor sectors
  • Adding the Vaccine Equity Benchmarks to adjust the case rate thresholds for Blueprint tiers
  • Allowing increased capacity or numbers of persons allowed, including indoors, with proof of testing or vaccination
  • Developing guidance or minimum standards to ensure equity, privacy, and ethical practices are integral in the deployment of vaccination and testing verification methods
  • Focusing on equity allocations and implementations plans to improve vaccination coverage in our least advantaged and hardest-hit communities

The efforts Californians have taken to date have allowed us to fully reopen safely so we can move beyond the Blueprint.


 Restrictions Applying to Indoor & Outdoor Settings

Vaccine Verification / Negative Testing 

 Strongly recommended for Indoor Mega Events 

 Recommended for Outdoor Mega Events

 Capacity Limitations

 No restrictions

 Physical Distancing

 No restrictions for attendees, customers and guests


 Follow current CDPH Guidance for Face Coverings


 Follow CDC recommendations and CDPH Travel Advisory


Employers are subject to the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS), if applicable to them.


COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California
K-12 Schools Guidance 2021-2022 Questions and Answers
Group-Tracing Approach for Students Exposed to COVID-19 in a K-12 Setting