Cuomo to consult CDC maskless recommendation before easing restrictions in NY

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Americans who are fully vaccinated no longer have to wear masks outdoors or in most indoor settings.

News 12 Staff

May 14, 2021, 10:11 AM

Updated 1,127 days ago

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Americans who are fully vaccinated no longer have to wear masks outdoors or in most indoor settings.
In New York, however, residents can't get rid of the face covering just yet.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he wants to review the CDC's new rules and consult with the state health commissioner first.
The recommendation from the CDC is a huge step toward returning to pre-pandemic life, and the hope is this will encourage those who have not been vaccinated to get the shot.
The new CDC guidance basically says fully vaccinated Americans no longer have to wear masks and don't have to practice social distancing when they are outdoors and in most indoor settings.
However, the new policy still calls for wearing masks in crowded indoor settings such as buses, planes, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters.
The new rules could certainly ease restrictions for reopening workplaces and schools and allow for bigger capacities at outdoor sporting events and concerts.
The CDC and the Biden administration have faced pressure to ease restrictions on fully vaccinated people, and some states and communities have already lifted mask mandates.
Despite the new guidelines from the CDC, many say they plan on keeping their masks on a bit longer.
"I want to be safe. I don't want to infect nobody or get sick or get my parents sick, or anybody sick, so I'll stick to it until I'm sure, sure that it's safe to take it off," said Damani Robinson, of Mount Vernon.
"I feel like we should keep it on until everything blows over because it's really a risk to really everyone, especially the older people," said Bronx resident Althea Salmon.
CDC officials warn that the coronavirus is unpredictable so they say there is always the possibility they can pull back this recommendation and have people put their masks back on.
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