• Matt Esnayra

Long Beach keeping mask-wearing policy for now, despite new CDC guideline

Even though the CDC announced a new mask-wearing policy that allows anyone fully vaccinated to participate in indoor and outdoor activities without wearing a mask, the Long Beach Health Department announced Friday that its mask-wearing health order would remain in place until the state changes its own face mask policy.

What they're saying:

the Long Beach Health Department stated in a press release: "The City is aware of the new CDC recommendations regarding face coverings for vaccinated individuals. Long Beach will work with the California Department of Public Health, which advices on such matters at the state level, before moving forward."

  • "Until the State Health Order changes, the City cannot amend its Health Order, and Long Beach's mask mandate remains in place, including for vaccinated individuals. More details will be available in the coming days."

But But But:

California's Department of Public Health said late Thursday that the state is reviewing the new CDC masking requirements. During an interview on Fox 11, Governor Newsom kind of hinted this week that when the color-coded tiered reopening system is phased out on June 15, the mask requirement for fully vaccinated citizens could be phased out as well.

😷 Before you ditch your mask:

Regardless of vaccination status, you'll always need to wear a mask on buses and trains, and definitely at the airport.

  • According to the CDC, to comply with federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial guidance, including local businesses and workplaces, face masks should still be worn.

  • Traveling from another country to the United States needs a negative COVID test or evidence of previous COVID infection in the last three months.

  • According to Insider, Target, Starbucks, Macy's, Kroger, Publix, and Home Depot are among the companies that still require workers and guests to wear masks.

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