Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) announced Friday that the state will no longer require face masks, one day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidelines on the issue for people who are fully vaccinated.
“If you’re vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask,” said Polis, who did not wear a face mask as he stood behind the podium.
Polis also reiterated his support for the vaccine and suggested that those who have not received the shot do so, saying that masks are only 50 percent effective at stopping the spread of the coronavirus and that unvaccinated residents should continue using a mask.
“The mask doesn’t make your case of coronavirus any better, but the vaccine does,” said Polis as he announced the state had administered more than five million vaccines.
Schools, daycares and other indoor businesses will be allowed to continue to require masks on their premises if they see fit, the governor said.
“I’m going to bring my mask with me in my pocket, and when asked, as a matter of respect, I’ll put it on,” Polis stated, also announcing that the last public health order limiting seating capacity for indoor events will expire on June 1.
Several counties, including Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, and Jefferson will shift to Level Clear this weekend and will do away with restrictions on capacity.
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott announced Friday that residents in the state who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear a mask or socially distance.
While giving remarks on the “monumental moment,” Scott said that those who are fully vaccinated should go back to business as usual as the state begins phase 3 of its reopening plan.
WCAX out of Burlington, Vermont, reported that more than “70 percent of eligible Vermonters have now received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine, meeting the state’s June 1 goals under the Vermont Forward reopening plan.”
Despite new guidelines from the CDC, Scott said he had planned to announce “something similar in the next few days anyways.” Under Scott’s plan a mask “recommendation” was set to be implemented ahead of Independence Day.
Discussing business decisions, Scott reiterated that he supports businesses who create their own sets of rules. Scott said:
I believe it’s not perfect, it’s not 100 percent, but I believe it worked well for Vermont, it fits us. I believe we’re going to live with that. We feel these businesses have the ability to create their own rules. Think about it in terms of no shirt, no shoes, no service.
Dr. Mark Levine, Vermont’s health commissioner, suggested that residents who have not been vaccinated do so and for employers to do “everything they can” to have their employees vaccinated, saying that requiring the vaccination is “just one pathway” to making sure that nearly all residents in the state receive the shot.
This is an excerpt from Breitbart.
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