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Virginia, Maryland lift mask mandates

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The moves came a day after the CDC said it is safe for fully vaccinated people to go maskless in any type of group gathering.


The governors of Virginia and Maryland both moved Friday to lift their states’ indoor mask mandates.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, lifted his state’s indoor mask mandate for fully vaccinated people effective Saturday at 12 a.m. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, announced he was lifting the mandate for everyone effective Saturday, though masks are still "strongly recommended" for unvaccinated people.

The moves came a day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it is safe for fully vaccinated people to go maskless in any type of group gathering, indoors or outdoors. Close to 60 percent of American adults have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine and President Joe Biden has set a goal for 70 percent of American adults to get at least one dose by July 4.

Northam also announced that the state will lift all of its social distancing and capacity limitations May 28, and Hogan had announced earlier in the week that Maryland was lifting capacity restrictions Saturday. Businesses can still require masks, and the states will have exceptions for public transportation, health care facilities and schools.

“Virginians have been doing the right thing, and we're seeing the results,” Northam said in a video on Twitter. “The vaccines are clearly working and they are saving lives.”

“Today is the day that so many of us have been waiting for and working toward,” Hogan said. “We finally do clearly see the light at the end of that tunnel.”

Also in the region, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Thursday that “we are immediately reviewing the CDC guidance and will update DC Health guidance accordingly.”

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Source: Politics, Policy, Political News Top Stories https://www.politico.com/news/2021/05/14/virginia-maryland-mask-mandates-vaccinations-488376

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