New York State to Ease Face-Mask Rules for the Fully Vaccinated

New York will adopt new federal guidelines on masking and social distancing for fully vaccinated people starting Wednesday,

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

said.

“We have to reopen, we have to reopen smart, we have to reopen with a cautious eye, but we have to get back to life,” the Democrat said Monday. “If you are vaccinated, you are safe. No masks, no social distancing.”

Masks and social distancing will still be required at numerous locations, such as on public transportation, in private businesses and at other places, he said. As with federal guidance, the new recommendations don’t apply to unvaccinated individuals.

Some 41.6% of New York state residents have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, according to state health data.

The move comes after numerous states altered their rules last week to align with new guidance issued Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker

said Monday the state’s Covid-19 restrictions and capacity limits would be removed on May 29, and the state would adopt federal guidelines on masking and social distancing for fully vaccinated people in most settings.

“We’re safer, smarter and better-equipped in this fight than at any time since it began,” said Mr. Baker, a Republican.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York needs ‘to reopen with a cautious eye.’



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A total of 3.2 million people in the state are fully vaccinated, and more than four million have received at least one dose, Mr. Baker said.

Retailers and other businesses are also rethinking their policies. On Monday,

CVS Health Corp.

and

Target Corp.

, said vaccinated customers weren’t required to wear masks in stores, while

Walmart Inc.

and

Costco Wholesale Corp.

said last week they would drop the requirement for vaccinated shoppers.

Public-health specialists say the updated CDC guidance largely follows the increasing scientific evidence regarding the effectiveness of the available vaccines and the current state of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. In recent weeks, nearly every key Covid-19 metric has been declining, and 59.7% of adults have received at least one vaccine dose.

Yet the recommendations will be challenging to enforce in public settings, the public-health specialists say, and whether someone wears a mask will likely come down to individual compliance and local rules.

Write to Talal Ansari at Talal.Ansari@wsj.com

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Source: WSJ – US News

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