The New Mask Guidelines in the United States

The United States has been battling COVID-19 for over a year now and the CDC guidelines from the beginning. On May 16, 2021,the CDC announced some changes. Originally, when a person was in contact with another person who might have COVID, they were to be quarantined for a  period of two weeks or 14 days. It has since changed to a 10-day period on April 30th. The social distancing mandate of six feet is still in effect and probably will be until the near end of the virus. 


There is a new change to the CDC guidelines regarding the mask mandate as well. According to the CDC website’s information, “Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.” More and more businesses are opening up their stores and saying that fully-vaccinated customers do not have to wear masks. With this new release of the mask mandate, it is possible that more and more businesses will do the same.



High School North Senior Sarah Hackett responded to these new mandates by saying, “As a fully vaccinated citizen, I am excited and relieved now that the mask mandate is more relaxed and I feel more comfortable being around more people. However, it will be difficult to determine who is actually vaccinated or not, so I will continue to wear my mask when I am in a public indoor setting, but I will not wear it to outdoor activities.” 


It is still unclear how businesses will know for sure if people are fully vaccinated or not. It seems at this time it is up to the people to be honest and the honor system to make the right choice for theirs and everyone else’s health. Everyone needs to do the right thing to preserve all of our health and well being so we can continue to fight for a better and safe future where we can all be safe and not have to fear COVID-19.