Mask Or No Mask? That Depends Where You Live


Many state and city officials welcomed news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday that fully vaccinated people in the U.S. can forgo masks and social distancing.

But some still stopped short of immediately implementing the changes.

The CDC said vaccinated people must follow existing state, local or tribal laws and regulations on masks and social distancing, as well as policies at businesses and workplaces.

As of Friday morning, the rules looked very different from one state, city or county to the next.

Ditching the mask

Many Republican-led states, including South Carolina, Alabama and Texas, already lifted mask mandates to some degree. Once the CDC made its announcement, many Democratic-led states, including Kentucky, Oregon, Washington, Nevada and Illinois, began making changes.

Officials in Connecticut, Colorado and Vermont announced that, while they weren’t immediately implementing the CDC’s new standards, they would do so in the coming days.

In Connecticut, Gov. Ned Lamont announced that the state will adopt the CDC’s mask rules May 19, when much of the rest of the Nutmeg State’s coronavirus restrictions are set to lift.

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott called the new CDC guidance “incredibly encouraging.”


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