By Steve Cowan
At the local level, the authorities have already begun to introduce restrictive measures based on the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention instructions.
More than 66% of the US territory falls under the authorities’ recommendations on the resumption of the mask regime indoors. This was reported on the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website of the United States.
The updated recommendations of the CDC on wearing masks indoors, even those vaccinated against coronavirus, apply to those districts where 50 or more new cases of infection occur per 100 thousand people every week. As of Tuesday, 66.6% of U.S. counties met this criterion. At the same time, in 49.9% of cases, there is a high rate of infection spread (over 100 cases per week), in 16.7% – significant (from 50 to 100 cases).
At the local level, the authorities have already begun to introduce restrictive measures based on the instructions of the Central Committee. Thus, the Department of Health of California, where 62.3% of the adult population has been vaccinated, made its own recommendations, ordering local enterprises to introduce a requirement for wearing masks in the premises by everyone without exception. According to the head of the department, Thomas Aragon, this is necessary against the background of the spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus in the state, “which led to a sharp jump in morbidity and hospitalizations.”
The authorities of the neighboring state of Nevada, California, did the same. “Businesses and residents of counties with a high and significant level of infection should follow these changes as soon as possible,” said state Governor Steve Sisolak. The recommendations of the CDC were also followed by the states of Illinois, South Carolina, Maine, and the authorities of some districts. At the same time, Republican governors of some states, including Texas, Arizona, Georgia, Nebraska, declared their unwillingness to follow the new recommendations of the federal authorities.