SAN Antonio – Minnesota’s mask mandate has ended. But in Minneapolis, the state’s largest city, faces are still required.
In Michigan, Kentucky and Oregon, governors cheerfully told vaccinated people they could leave without a mask. But the mask mandate remains in effect for New York, New Jersey and Californians.
What was unexpected was the new federal suggestion on masks that in Kansas City, Quinton, mayor Lucas said he would not change the mask order, saying he would think about it to make an announcement. That he will get rid of it all In about seven hours
Across the country, governors, shopkeepers and errands flocked Friday to understand a sudden change in federal guidelines that said those who had been fully vaccinated could go to the facility. Most can be safely indoors or out without a mask.
At least 20 states that still have mask regulations this week said on Friday evening they would waive all vaccines or cancel all orders, while at least five have restrictions on masks. The masks did not announce any changes.The rapidly changing rules put an end to face masking in many countries for a year, although some said they were not ready to remove the masks.
“I’m going to wear a mask for a long time,” said 28-year-old Fanny Lopez, who was shopping for groceries in San Antonio on Friday morning while wearing a black mask. “I trust masks more than vaccines. The government’s message was confusing, telling us to wear masks one day and no next. “
The sudden change in public health advice has been met at all levels of government, from the City Hall in Hartsville, South Carolina, which allowed local mask directives to the Nevada Gaming Control Board, which Said it could not really be used “in trying to enforce The mask is bound by the individual’s immunization status, ”told the US state agency, where attending doctors said house members still had to cover their faces on the floor.
But the change may be the most challenging for governors and mayors of large cities, many of whom spend a lot of political capital on mask orders in the face of protests and prosecutions and those who are not informed. Warned about changes to federal policy before. It was announced on Thursday.
Mayor Lucas said he could not keep the Kansas City decree because there was no easy way to differentiate those who were fully vaccinated, who are now 36 percent of Americans from 64 percent who did not.
“While I understand the CDC theory that they can create rules that say people who get vaccinated can go anywhere without wearing masks and everyone who doesn’t get vaccinated will follow. But I don’t know if that’s the kind of rule written in harmony with Anyone who has been the governor or mayor in the past 14 months, ”said Democrat Lucas.
New guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which comes amid a steep decline in new cases and widening vaccination eligibility for all 12 and older, signals a shift to social norms. Before the outbreak, when no one thought to buy again Groceries or sit in a cubicle with empty mouths and noses Walmart announced Friday that fully vaccinated employees and customers no longer need to wear masks, and Costco issued the same announcement.
“At least 20 times today, I still pick up a short bag to get a face mask,” said Erik Darmstetter, who is vaccinated and owns Office Furniture Liquidations in San Antonio. I keep forgetting that we don’t need them anymore. “
Others move more slowly. Phil Murphy, of New Jersey from Democrats, said he would keep the mask of the state, writing on Twitter: “We are making incredible progress. But we’re not there yet. ”And the Republican government of Massachusetts Republican Charlie Baker said he would review state rules next week. But he didn’t immediately announce any changes.
That’s good for Kay McGowan, who owns a carpet and furniture store in Somerville, Mass. She said she would never take off the mask and would not let customers do so.
“It felt too fast for me,” said McGowan.
The CDC’s announcement on Thursday left the mayor and the governor out of custody. Throughout Thursday evenings and on Friday afternoons, states and cities announced one at a time that they were revising or ending mask orders.
Governors in New Mexico, Maine, Maryland and Colorado were among those who adjusted their rules Friday following the recommendation of the CDC in Rhode Island, where officials learned of the new federal recommendations during the session. At a news conference on Thursday, state leaders said Friday they would relax the masking rules.
But the CDC’s new recommendations have not been internationally popular. Some public health experts question the wisdom of relaxed practice, while local authorities face the fact that if they create separate rules for those who are vaccinated and those who are not vaccinated, there will be no way. Really know who it is
“People pushing the limit on not wearing masks are also likely not to get vaccinated,” said Mayor Kim Norton of Rochester Minn. Who have been vaccinated, the mask can be removed Will not give us any assurance that the person next to us has been vaccinated. “
St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones, who announced Friday that mask rules would be loosened in her city, said she hoped business owners would ask about the vaccination status of masked clients.
“But we don’t want this to become like your document show time,” said Ms Jones, who personally plans to keep wearing the mask. “We have to trust what others have told us.”
For more than a year, public health experts have called for masking as the key to stopping the spread of the coronavirus. Some places allow mask requirements to expire several months ago. But face masking remained in force this week in more than 20 states as well as cities and counties. A few weeks ago, the CDC said fully vaccinated Americans could abandon outdoor masks. But should be worn in public areas in the building anyway.
The agency changed courses on Thursday, saying people who received the last vaccine for at least two weeks can safely go to most places indoors and out without wearing a mask, the CDC said everyone. A respirator should be worn in certain locations, including medical facilities, on public transport and on flights.
In San Antonio, Zoom Morgan, who said she was fully vaccinated and worked at Mr. Darmstetter’s shop, was happy to be back to normal.
“I came with a mask today and I wasn’t sure how we were going to get this close,” said Morgan, who works in customer service at the store. I must say that I’m glad to meet you again. “
But Rachael McKinnon, who said she left her teaching job in Massachusetts this year due to concerns about the safety of the school reopening, expressed skepticism on Friday about the timing of the CDC’s decision due. How many people are not immunized?
“At some point we had to go on with our lives and we had to decide there was a point when things were safe,” McKinnon said, “but I didn’t know it was now.”
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