New York among states waiting to lift mask mandate for vaccinated people
May 14, 2021 at 14:18
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) dropped mask indoor mask mandates for people fully vaccinated against coronavirus, some states are hesitant to immediately do away with facial covering requirements.
Andrew Cuomo issued a statement saying he received the newly revised CDC guidance and is "reviewing them in consultation with Dr. Zucker and our partners and health experts in surrounding states."
But one of those surrounding states, Connecticut, is seemingly embracing the new guidance.
"Indoor masking will still be required for the unvaccinated for a little bit longer."
OVER A DOZEN STATES REPORT HALF OF ADULTS FULLY VACCINATED AGAINST CORONAVIRUSOne of New York’s other neighbors, however, New Jersey, is taking a little longer to decide.
"Governor Murphy and the New Jersey Department of Health are reviewing the new CDC guidance on masking requirements," a spokesperson said, according to NorthJersey.com.
J.B. Pritzker said the "scientists’ message is clear: if you are vaccinated, you can safely do much more."
Colorado will also be revising mask orders soon, and in Kentucky, the governor called the news "outstanding."
"It means that we are so close to normalcy and we’re going to be changing Kentucky’s mask mandate to be the same with those CDC guidelines."
Elsewhere, in states that never had a mask mandate, its business as usual.
States like South Carolina, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Alabama, Arizona and 20 others never had a statewide mask mandate in place.
CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGEUnder the CDC guidance, fully vaccinated individuals are still advised to wear masks while traveling such as on planes, trains and buses, and when in health care settings and other congregate settings.