|May 14, 2021
Governor Announces Maine Will Follow New CDC Guidance on Masks for Fully Vaccinated People
Governor Janet Mills announced Friday that the State of Maine will adopt the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (U.S. CDC) new guidance which allows fully vaccinated Americans not to wear face coverings indoors, effective May 24, 2021. However, consistent with the U.S. CDC’s guidelines, it is recommended that people in Maine who are not fully vaccinated wear face coverings in indoor public settings.
Read the Governor’s full media release here.
The US CDC revised its guidelines on Thursday, stating that vaccinated persons should not be required to wear masks in indoor and outdoor settings, with some exceptions. The national guidance still advises individuals to wear masks in crowded indoor settings and enclosed areas such as like buses, planes, hospitals, prisons, and homeless shelters.
Regardless of vaccination status, it is important for people with compromised immune systems to consult with their physicians before removing their masks, and Mainers may be required to continue wearing them in certain instances, including at private businesses. Target, Home Depot, and many other large nationally recognized private businesses were quick to announce they will continue requiring masks in their stores while they review the new CDC guidance. The Hannaford website also has not changed: “We require all customers who are medically able to wear a mask to do so while shopping in our stores.”
The updated US CDC guidance did not address public schools, for teachers, staff, or students. According to the Washington Post, “Until younger children are eligible to be vaccinated … they should continue to wear face masks when they are in public and around other people,” said Yvonne Maldonado, chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ committee on infectious diseases.
Governor Mills also released an updated Executive Order on Thursday, May, 13, concerning indoor gatherings and in-store customer limits. The new EO will allow 100% of permitted capacity starting on May 24, 2021. Current state restrictions allow only 50% of permitted occupancy, 5 persons per 1,000 sq, ft., or 50 persons, whichever is greatest.
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