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"Vaccinated and Eager for Normal Life, Californians are Venturing out. Is it too Much too Soon?"

The Los Angeles Times interviewed Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and community health sciences, about California’s reopening strategy 

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

The gamblers, donning masks, couldn’t display their best poker faces on Monday at the Bicycle Hotel & Casino. But they were able to play indoors for the first time in more than one year.

“I feel safer now,” said Ming Huang, 70, a retired accountant who recently received a COVID-19 vaccine. “Cases are down. Time to come back. Nothing better to do.”

But Chris Lopez, 43, couldn’t stop looking behind his back, making sure people weren’t too close to him at the club in Bell Gardens, where partitions separate the players. After a few hands, he left in such a hurry that he didn’t even cash in his chips.