With COVID-19 cases rising once again in the US, some municipalities have to decide whether to stick with or abandon the mask mandate.
This week, Washington, DC dropped its indoor mask mandate, Private businesses may still be required to wear masks and masks are still required on public transport.
A statement last week from Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office said, “Instead of following a blanket mandate, residents, visitors and workers will be advised to follow risk-based guidance from D.C. Health that reflects current health metrics and Responsible for a person’s vaccination status.”
But nearby Montgomery County, Maryland, reinstated its mask mandate Saturday after seven days, which the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defined as “substantial transmission” of COVID-19.
Denver is also restoring Its indoor mask mandate, according to Granthshala 31. The outlet reported that the mandate would apply to indoor public spaces and would allow for certain exemptions. Businesses will have the option of requiring a mask or requiring proof of vaccination.
There is also indoor masking Coming back to Santa Cruz County, California, according to KTVU. Health officials said they made the decision based on current case rates and what they see on the horizon. Deputy health officials said that the number of hospitalizations had dropped to zero recently, but now the number is between 5 and 8. Officials said they hope wearing masks indoors will help curb the trend.
The move comes after nearby Marin County, California was the first to give up his mask mandate in the Bay Area earlier this month.
As for those giving up masks, US health officials believe it may be too soon.
Dr. Anthony Fauci Warned that skipping rules “prematurely” Wearing face coverings could add “an additional degree of risk” amid the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in many regions across the country. Speaking on NPR’s “Morning Edition” on Monday, Fauci urged officials to take every precaution necessary because of fears of a potential winter spike.
“When you have a dynamic like that… you have to be really careful,” Fauci said. “Masks are not going to be sure forever. The more people get vaccinated, the more people promote, the lower the level of infection in the community, and then you start thinking about pulling back on masks. “
Health officials are worried the US could see a fifth wave this winter, but expect it not to be as intense as the last one as people get COVID-19 booster shots and children under 5 being vaccinated.
Currently, the seven-day average of COVID-19 cases in the United States is above 91,000, according to the CDC. About a month ago, the seven-day average of COVID-19 cases stood at around 64,000.
According to the CDC, more than 230 million people aged 5 and older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, which is 73.9% of the total demographic. Last week, the White House said that about 10% of eligible children aged 5 to 11 have received a single dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine since approval for their age group earlier this month.
Parts of Europe are re-imposing lockdowns and restrictions due to a rise in COVID-19 cases. White House said this is unlikely to happen in America
“We are not moving in that direction,” Jeff Gents, the White House’s coronavirus response coordinator, told reporters on Monday.
Austin Williams, Megan Ziegler and this story were reported from Los Angeles.