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.
What do you think about the new mask guidelines? Tell us in the comments.
7 Thoughts on “Which Northeast States Are Adopting the CDC’s Mask Guidelines?”
The vaccines aren’t 100% effective and we should all respect those who work indoors with the public. I think NJ got this one right!
It is illegal to ask about a person’s Healthcare. It violates HIPAA regulations.
Being fully vaccinated, I feel very safe not wearing a mask nor am I overly concerned about getting COVID from others. Those that choose not to vaccinate and those that are awaiting a vaccine should use common sense and continue to wear a mask and properly social distance.
Still skeptical… unfortunately, not everyone is vaccinated. No rules about proving you are vaccinated.
I think this a safe and productive way to get a handle on the Covid situation. I still believe in caution going forward, since there are still reliable people not getting the vaccine.
I agree with you . No one knows who’s fully vaccinated . So how safe is that? I wish they word required or mandate proof of being fully vaccinated. My fear is that it will be the way it was a year ago. Too sad!!
If you are outdoors fine as long as it’s not a crowd otherwise is questionable.