Confusion persists as to whether a mask is necessary for certain activities. Today, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo added to that, saying he was not ready to embrace federal calls to limit mask wearing for residents of his state.
Cuomo said in a statement that he and Health Commissioner Howard Zucker have not decided whether New York will adopt new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“In New York City, we’ve always relied on facts and science to guide us through the worst of this pandemic and our successful reopening,” Cuomo said.
“We have received the CDC’s recently revised guidelines for mask wearing and social distancing for those vaccinated and are reviewing them in consultation with Dr. Zucker and our partners and health experts in neighboring states.”
This goes against the recommendations of the CDC.
CDC Director Rochelle Walenksy said today that “anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities – large or small – without wearing a mask or taking a physical distance.”
The CDC has also released a chart to illustrate what is suggested and what is not.
New York’s rules revised last month said fully vaccinated pips could go without a mask on the outside. Masks are always needed indoors, regardless of vaccination status.