New federal guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggesting fully vaccinated people don’t have to wear masks in most indoor places and outdoors has sparked confusion.
During a virtual media briefing on Monday, local health leaders said they are considering options for guidance moving forward. Montgomery County Board of Health Director Dr. Raymond Crowel explains:
County Council approved a new Board of Health regulation on Tuesday to incorporate changes associated with phased reopening – including updated mask guidance in line with CDC and State of Maryland. The regulation lifts the outdoor mask mandate. Residents who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear masks indoors, except as provided by the Maryland Department of Health, which currently includes mask requirements in healthcare settings, schools, and public transportation.
Today, County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles informed the Board of Health that 60% of @MontgomeryCoMD residents have received their first dose of the #COVID19 vaccine. #GoVaxMontgomery @MoCoDHHS @MoCoCouncilMD pic.twitter.com/T8fsfkbIKq
— County Exec Marc Elrich (@MontCoExec) May 17, 2021
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