On Thursday, more states and cities began bringing back the mask mandates in the wake of new guidance released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave a new mask mandate. Now, even fully vaccinated individuals are required to wear masks indoors in public places. The new CDC policies are being imposed in more states from Georgia to California after some jurisdictions immediately asked for masks.
📣 In response to new CDC guidelines, CDPH recommends masking for public indoor settings regardless of vaccination status to slow the spread of COVID-19 and the Delta variant.
— CA Public Health (@CAPublicHealth) July 28, 2021
After CDC released the controversial mask guidance, more states are imposing mask mandates to their residents
The new mask guidelines imposed in most jurisdictions were given after the announcement made by CDC last Tuesday. They were also imposed after some states and cities resisted adopting the new recommendation by CDC.
Meanwhile, Muriel Bowser, of D.C. stated that due to the rising trends of COVID cases, they want to go ahead and prevent it from spreading further, the best way that they can. She added that since they know that wearing mask is effective in preventing the spread of the virus, they are imposing a mask mandate effective on Saturday at 5 a.m.
The D.C. mayor added that she will issue mayor’s order and a directive that people ages two and above should wear masks indoors, regardless of whether they are fully vaccinated or not.
Bowser added that she knows that residents in D.C. have been following health protocols and will abide by this new guidelines. She also claimed that business establishments will also embrace it.
The D.C. mayor then mentioned that people are expected to wear masks. She added that she believes it will not be an issue for residents in D.C. since they never ceased wearing masks. Bowser, however, still encouraged residents to come to work in person.
Meanwhile, LaQuandra Nesbitt of the Department of Health encouraged people to use masks even for gatherings in homes, particularly when the people are comprised of both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.
Atlanta also imposed the mask mandates last Wednesday
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms of Atlanta announced on Wednesday evening data and public health experts agree that wearing masks and face coverings helps slow down the spread of the virus.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has issued an order “requiring all persons in a public place, including private businesses and establishments, to wear a mask or a cloth face covering over their nose and mouth when indoors.” pic.twitter.com/FAbSpWnXlm
— Everything Georgia (@GAFollowers) July 29, 2021
The Atlanta mayor added that as the COVID cases rise, people should stay alert, wear masks, and follow the guidelines imposed by the CDC as well as other guidelines to ensure the health and safety of communities.
The new executive order imposed by Atlanta requires people to wear masks, notwithstanding their vaccination status. The order asks people to wear masks “at all times” in public spaces. People who will be caught violating the order will be asked to pay for $25 fine for the first offense and a $50 fine for repeated offenses.