The great Covid thaw is spreading- POLITICO


THE BUZZ — MANDATE ROLLBACK: Restrictions relaxed on multiple fronts in the last few days.

From the CDC came word that most Americans can lose masks inside thanks to nosediving infection rates — a national version of California’s recent decision to dissolve its own statewide mask mandate. Neither is comprehensive because locals retain their own authority. Los Angeles County remains in the more hazardous tier where facial coverings are recommended — for now.

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that he would lift a variety of coronavirus executive orders in the coming days and weeks. But the roughly 5 percent he’s retaining are some of the more consequential orders relating to vaccination, testing and health care — and two major antiviral measures remain in place.

School mask mandates are foremost on Californians’ minds, and we’re on the verge of a shift. Newsom has for weeks…

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