The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its public health guidelines, saying that people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 don’t have to wear masks or observe social-distancing guidelines in any setting.
But at least one state in the Northeast – New Jersey – has opted not to adopt the guidance, instead requiring people to continue to wear masks in indoor public spaces.
Masks will still be required on planes, trains, buses and other public transportation and transportation hubs, and where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local businesses and workplaces. Masks are also mandatory in most health care settings, including doctors’ offices, hospitals and nursing homes.
The CDC recommends unvaccinated people still wear masks in most situations and to observe social-distancing measures.
Most Northeast states are following the CDC’s guidance, except for New Jersey. You can find links to all the states’ requirements below.
- Rhode Island: Adopted CDC guidelines on May 18.
- Massachusetts: Will adopt CDC guidelines on May 29.
- Connecticut: Adopted CDC guidelines on May 19.
- Maine: Adopted CDC guidelines on May 23.
- Vermont: Adopted CDC guidelines on May 24.
- New York: Adopted CDC guidelines on May 19.
- New Jersey: Masks must be worn in indoor public spaces.
- New Hampshire: Statewide mask requirements expired on April 16; some municipalities still have mask requirements in place.
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