California fully reopens after being 1st to shut in pandemic

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has celebrated the lifting of most COVID-19 restrictions in the nation’s most populated state.

The governor visited Universal Studios Hollywood on Tuesday to host a lottery-style selection of 10 winners who will get $1.5 million each simply for being vaccinated.

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California was the first state in America to put in place a coronavirus lockdown, but it has turned a page on the pandemic.

Most of California’s coronavirus restrictions are over, including capacity limits at businesses, masks and social distancing.

Newsom pointed to the 40 million-plus doses of vaccine administered and the resulting plunge in cases as the reason for the reopening.