The CDC updated its guidance on Thursday to say that those who have been fully vaccinated (at least two weeks after your second shot) can now spend time indoors without wearing a mask in most situations. The CDC guidance doesn’t overrule state and local laws, so people still need to follow the New York state rules — which are moving toward a full reopening but aren’t quite there yet. And in places like airplanes and subways, masks are still required. Many stores are likely to keep rules in place too.
But various other activities where mask use was previously common could see changes. The CDC says exercising vigorously without a mask is okay now, for instance.
Some people were concerned about the guidance, given that more than half of Americans are not vaccinated, and that the vast majority of children aren’t vaccinated. While kids mostly don’t get very sick from Covid, some do, and some have died of the disease.
Dear @CDCgov: What. About. MY KIDS???
One thing that has been really shocking to me about the whole pandemic is that the government seems really slow on the uptake that most parents ONLY CARE ABOUT WHAT'S BEST FOR THEIR CHILDREN.
They're all that MATTERS, for many of us!
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) May 13, 2021
There’s also some question as to whether vaccines will work as well against some of the new Covid variants.
Upper West Siders have some of the highest rates of vaccinations in the city, and a high degree of mask-wearing. So it will be interesting to watch over the coming days if people feel comfortable taking off their masks. Let us know in the survey below if you’re ready to take that step indoors if you’re fully vaccinated.