On Thursday, the newly revised CDC guidelines suggested that maks can be ditched in indoor settings, provided members are vaccinated, and physical distancing is followed. But alas, New Yorkers won’t be able to breathe as easily yet, since Governor Andrew Cuomo reiterated that the Big Apple isn’t ready for this relaxed mandate yet. 

After the announcement by CDC Director Rochelle Walenksy on Thursday morning, Cuomo, in the afternoon, claimed that he had yet to decide if the Empire State would adopt newly announced guidelines from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “In New York, we have always relied on the facts and the science to guide us throughout the worst of this pandemic and in our successful reopening. We have received the newly revised guidance from the CDC regarding mask-wearing and social distancing for those with vaccinations and are reviewing them in consultation with Dr. Zucker and our partners and health experts in surrounding states,” Cuomo said. 

Source: NY Times (Andrew Kelly/Reuters)

According to the new guidelines, anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities – large or small — without wearing a mask or physically distancing. Immediately after the announcement, President Biden lauded the decision and said, “Today is a great day for America. If you’ve been vaccinated, you don’t have to wear your mask and you can shake hands. You can even give each other a hug. But if you’ve not been vaccinated, please wear a mask.” 

As it stands, about 59 percent of American adults have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose. More than 45 percent of adults are fully vaccinated, according to CDC data.

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