“Businesses, indoors and outdoors, still have to wear masks,” said Barbara Ferrer, director of public health in Los Angeles, Thursday afternoon. Just minutes earlier, President Joe Biden conveyed a different message.
“I want to make it clear what the CDC says and what the CDC doesn’t,” said Biden during a speech at the announcement. “The CDC says they have concluded that fully vaccinated people have a very, very little risk of developing Covid-19. Therefore, once you have been fully vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask. Let me repeat: if you are completely vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask. “
Biden emphasized: “This recommendation applies regardless of whether you are inside or outside.”
But the CDC only backed up its announcement a few hours earlier.
The CDC tweeted, “If you are fully vaccinated against # COVID19 you can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, unless by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws required. local business and workplace advice. “
In the event of further examination, the mask recommendations in the new CDC guidelines will not be completely deleted, even for completely vaccinated people. Face covering is still recommended in some settings – for example, on board planes and buses, or in crowded areas such as hospitals.
Media representatives pointed out the contradiction.
National Religious Intelligence Service reporter Jack Jenkins retweeted the video of Biden’s speech with the following analysis: “According to the CDC, Biden’s statement here is not 100% accurate – there are still cases where the agency recommends wearing masks even then if they are vaccinated (e.g. on public transport, at airports, in nursing homes, etc.). “
Note: According to the CDC, Biden’s statement here is not 100% correct. There are still cases where the agency recommends wearing masks even if they are vaccinated (e.g. on public transport, at airports, in nursing homes, etc.). https://t.co/ZfPsWssuGE
– Jack Jenkins (@jackmjenkins) May 13, 2021
Jenkins was right, and the discrepancy rippled the whole nation.
Earlier this week, California Governor Gavin Newsom assured that the masks would be removed for fully vaccinated residents.
On Tuesday, Newsom was asked by a reporter if there would be a mask mandate after June 15. The normally talkative Newsom was quick to say, “No.” He then listed a few rare circumstances in which masks would still be needed.
“Only with those who are massive [indoor] Environments where people from all over the world come together and mix in very dense spaces. Otherwise… no mandates, ”he said.
On Wednesday, the governor appeared to be removing the “massive size” from his indoor ban and telling reporters: “We will probably still have a few more mask mandates for indoor activities. But the hope is that these will be lifted sooner rather than later. “
In Los Angeles on Thursday, Ferrer was repeatedly asked on a call with reporters whether the CDC guidelines had ended all mask requirements for fully vaccinated individuals.
“I think a lot more was said in the documents issued today,” she said. “We will discuss it with advice. This has not been communicated to the local health authorities in advance.”
Ferrer noted that local health officials can be stricter than state and federal guidelines. She also said the state’s Department of Safety and Health at Work, CalOSHA, would not meet until next week to consider changes.
“Once that [unintelligible] We’ll hear more at board meetings next week. We will align with CalOSHA, ”said Ferrer. One suggestion, she said, was not to have everyone wear masks, only those who have not been vaccinated.
“It may be easier to ask that person to mask and keep their distance than ask everyone to mask and keep their distance,” Ferrer said.
Until the new rules were published, the LA Public Health Director recalled, “Businesses, indoors or outdoors, still need to wear masks. Until that changes, it’s really important that we don’t jump with guns and create an unintended episode. Until this change, all workplaces would not be compliant and would be fined. “