Mask rules eased for vaccinated Americans, this week. The federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued new guidance, just as local COVID infection rates fell to near 1%.
By David Stone
First the good news…
Recovering from a rough stretch, Roosevelt Island COVID infection rates tumbled to 1.03% for the week ending April 25th. That’s a 7-day rolling average.
At the same time, the city rate was 3.6%, and for Manhattan, it was 1.44%.
Roosevelt Island was not in the top ten, even for Manhattan Zip Codes, but it was a refreshing change in the right direction.
And then the encouraging news… mask rules eased…
For most outdoor activities, the CDC declared many activities safe for you as long as you’re fully vaccinated. That means, among other things, that you can tuck your face mask in your pocket when you go out for a walk, although social distancing and masks are still recommended when mixing with the unvaccinated.
As an aid, the CDC published this helpful chart for understanding the new guidelines:
The Daily thanks Nina Lublin for the tip on these and other charts…
While this is a relief for many of us, common sense dictates continuing extra caution. That is, if you’re uncertain whether mask wearing or social distancing applies in any situation, go with the mask.
And, sadly, we can’t assume that others going maskless are vaccinated because those who always cheated will continue endangering their neighbors.
Face mask guidance may change, but some people never will.