Full mask mandates are back in many states and cities across the nation in the wake of the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance that all vaccinated Americans should wear masks in indoor public places.
The newly issued guidance from the CDC had new policies emerging from Atlanta to California that quickly reestablished the full mask mandate from the early stages of Covid-19.
“Given the trends in cases that we see, we want to get ahead of it and nip it in the bud as best we can – and we know that masks can be very effective in doing that – so beginning this Saturday at 5 a.m. I will issue by mayor’s order the directive that people over the age of 2 must wear a mask indoors regardless of their vaccination status,” D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said.
“I know that D.C. residents have very closely following the public health guidelines and they will embrace this. Our businesses will embrace it,” Bowser added.
Bowser said that she expected bringing masks back for D.C. will not be an issue due to residents never stopping wearing masks. Meanwhile, Department of Health LaQuandra Nesbitt offered some controversial advice for people to wear masks in private gatherings in their homes even for the vaccinated.
Another major American city, Atlanta, also announced a mask mandate Wednesday.
“Public health experts overwhelmingly agree, and data has proved, that wearing a face covering helps slow the spread of this deadly virus,” Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said Wednesday evening. “As COVID-19 rates increase, we must remain vigilant, wear a mask, follow CDC guidelines and other measures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our communities.”
A June 30 order from the state says that New Mexicans “must follow” CDC guidance whenever it changes, even if people are vaccinated.
“Now the CDC is saying that fully vaccinated individuals should return… to wearing a mask indoors when they’re outside their homes,” New Mexico Human Services Department Secretary David Scrase said. “The latest public health order … says New Mexicans should do what the CDC says we should do. So when the CDC makes a change like they have just now in masking guidance, that automatically becomes part of our public health order.”
📣 In response to new CDC guidelines, CDPH recommends masking for public indoor settings regardless of vaccination status to slow the spread of COVID-19 and the Delta variant.
— CA Public Health (@CAPublicHealth) July 28, 2021
“We warned you not to throw away your masks. Hopefully you didn’t. Wash them up,” Scrase added. “I bet they’re all washed and folded in your drawer. Get them out. Put one in your car.”