CDC lifts most mask mandates for fully vaccinated people; mask mandates remain in effect in New Jersey

All of New Jersey's mask mandates remain in effect, at least for now, as the CDC releases new guidance saying people who are fully vaccinated no longer have to wear masks in most places.

News 12 Staff

May 14, 2021, 9:12 AM

Updated 1,102 days ago

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All of New Jersey's mask mandates remain in effect, at least for now, as the CDC releases new guidance saying people who are fully vaccinated no longer have to wear masks in most places.
The office of the governor released the following statement, saying, "Gov. Murphy and the New Jersey Department of Health are reviewing the new CDC guidance on masking requirements. We continue to move forward in our efforts to vaccinate all willing and eligible individuals who live, work, or study in New Jersey."
While it still remains to be seen how this guidance will impact vaccinated New Jersey residents, the CDC says it applies to most activities. Indoor, outdoor, large, small -- all can be done without a mask or social distancing.
But even fully vaccinated people are still being asked to wear a mask when traveling, or visiting certain places such as hospitals.            
While the restrictions are being loosened, there is still a significant risk for people who aren't vaccinated.
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"The science is also very clear about unvaccinated people,” says Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC. “You remain at risk of mild or severe illness, of death, or of spreading the disease to others. You should still mask, and you should get vaccinated right away.”
It’s also worth noting the guidance isn't necessarily permanent. Dr. Walensky says they could be changed if case numbers were to get bad again.


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