New CDC guidelines say people who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear masks indoors, but many companies such as Starbucks and some state and local governments have not relaxed their mask rules yet.
“The whole country is not a homogeneous space,” said Rochelle Wallinski, director of the CDC, Thursday in explaining that the CDC does not outpace state and local restrictions. “So, we have some jurisdictions that have higher levels of cases. We have some jurisdictions that have lower levels of Serum Administration.”
Big companies like Walmart, Target, Kroger, Home Depot, CVS, Walgreens, Macy’s and Starbucks maintain policies that require employees and shoppers to mask the mask – at least for now, according to Insider.
“As we did all over pandemic“We are reviewing current safety practices, the latest CDC guidance, and soliciting feedback from colleagues to guide the next phase of our policy,” a Kruger spokesperson told Insider.
Two unions representing grocery and retail workers said the CDC directives needed to be clarified and their members were put at risk.
“While we all share the desire to return to normal, mask-free, CDC guidelines today are confusing and fail to think about how it affects essential workers who face repeated exposure to unvaccinated individuals who refuse to wear masks,” Mark Perrone said. Food and Trade in a statement.
Lisa Labrono, Senior Executive Vice President of the Association of Retail Industry Leaders, said the group is seeking consistency from the CDC.
“Today’s CDC announcement about masks creates mystery for retailers because it fails to fully comply with government and local requests,” she said. “These conflicting situations put retailers and their employees in very difficult situations. We urge state and local governments to coordinate with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as additional guidance is issued on the path to normalcy.”
Walt Disney World may relax its mask policy
In response to CDC directives, Walt Disney CEO Bob Tangle said the theme park’s mask policy may be dropped or relaxed this summer, according to the company’s website. It did not provide a specific timeframe.
The current policy requires guests over the age of two years to wear masks except when eating and drinking. swimming, Or take an outdoor photo as long as the appropriate physical distance is maintained.
Disney is already easing other restrictions, with temperature checks being canceled on May 16 and physical distancing measures reduced.
Cuomo Says New York Review Directive
Some conservatives want to study the directive before deciding on his approval.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is one of them, saying that the state “has always relied on facts and science to guide us through the worst of this pandemic and in our successful reopening.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio praised the new CDC guidance, but also said it needs revision, according to New York times.
A spokesman for North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper also said that the state’s inner mask rule will remain in effect for the time being. Times mentioned. In California, Gov. Gavin Newsom has already said that the state’s mask mandate will remain in effect until June 15 if case numbers continue to decline.
still Times It reported that at least seven Democrat-led states began lifting mask mandates on Thursday after the CDC’s announcement: Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nevada, Oregon and Pennsylvania.
“This is a wonderful benefit for people who have been upset by this mask,” said Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who began a meeting Thursday with his mask off. “That’s really a good reason to get vaccinated. That shot is a reminder to get free from masks.”
Many states led by Republican governors, such as Texas, have already loosened mask rules.
New CDC guidelines state that people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are no longer required to wear masks or physical distance, regardless of the location or size of the gathering.
Walinsky said there are some clear exceptions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that those who show symptoms should wear masks, and everyone should wear masks while traveling on planes, buses or trains and while in hospitals, homeless shelters and prisons.
“The science shows that if you are fully vaccinated, you are protected,” said Walinsky, noting that travel advisories will be updated soon.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) transformation has surprised many in the public health field
The CDC’s announcement surprised many health experts, who had expected the federal mask policy to last for at least another several months, according to New York times.
The paper surveyed 723 epidemiologists between April 28 and May 10 – before the CDC announced the new mask’s guidance.
When asked to predict how long Americans will need to wear masks when indoors with people who do not know their vaccination status, only 5% of respondents said that Americans will no longer need to wear masks indoors by summer.
The survey said 26% believed that masks should be worn in those situations from now on, 26% said that masks should be worn for more than a year, 29% said for a year, and 15% said half a year.
When asked whether to wear a mask outdoors in a large outdoor crowd, 88% of epidemiologists said yes, even for people who have been fully vaccinated.
Several respondents noted that masks protect unvaccinated people and people with underlying health conditions.
“Until the rate of transmission in the community drops, it protects the entire community and other people in the room from wearing masks,” said Julia Reifman, assistant professor of public health at Boston University. Times.