Dr. Anthony Fauci, the infectious disease specialist, held a decision this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to lift its mask command for fully vaccinated people against coronavirus, despite the trouble it caused state and local health officials. The agency renewed its guidance on Thursday, stating it’s safe for fully vaccinated Americans to waive social distancing and go to most areas – indoor or outdoor – without a mask, bringing to end more than a year of mandatory face coverings in several parts of the country. But some states, including Hawaii and Massachusetts, have declared they will keep their mask mandates in place.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta also told the CDC “made a decisive error here in surprising basically all with a vital change.” He added that merely a few days before the announcement was done, he spoke to senior leaders at the CDC who said him indoor masking would be the final thing to be lifted because “it is so efficient and it isn’t that difficult to do in most situations — just to put a mask on.”
Another point is the lack of direction on how best to implement the new guidelines and if the freed restrictions could improve infection risk for those who can’t yet get vaccinated and the immuno-compromised.
The statement created a domino effect in the business world, assisting companies to announce that they would lift mask commands for vaccinated customers in several cases. For instance, Walmart, Trader Joe’s, and Costco no longer require vaccinated clients to wear masks in stores. But Walmart sent out a letter Friday writing, “masks will also continue to be required by a few city and state ordinances, and we’ll follow those conditions.”
“What we are saying to those workers is that if they vaccinated, they are safe.” “We are asking the businesses to work with their workers to ensure that they get the paid time off to get themselves vaccinated for them to be safe.”