NYS will follow new CDC guidance on masks, social distancing beginning Wednesday

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Beginning Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York will follow the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance for fully vaccinated people when it comes to mask-wearing and social distancing. 

Last week, the CDC said if you’re fully vaccinated you can do most activities outdoors and indoors without social distancing or wearing a mask. Now, New York is following suit. 

“If you are vaccinated, you are safe, no masks, no social distancing,” the Governor said. 

But there are some places you’ll still need to wear a mask despite being fully vaccinated. Those include: public transportation, nursing homes, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, schools and health care facilities.

The Governor and the CDC say unvaccinated and immunocompromised people should still mask up and social distance. 

Several county executives, including Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, had urged the Governor to adopt the CDC guidance, which was issued Thursday. 

“County leaders across the state of New York, Republican and Democrat, we evaluated the CDC guidance, we knew it made sense, and therefore proceeding now is logical,” Molinaro said. 

While private businesses can still decide to impose certain precautions, they’re not required to. 
They’re also not required to ask customers if they’re vaccinated. 

“They can check, they can ask at the door, they can ask when you’re seated at the table, or not,” the Governor said.

The Governor also says if you’re fully vaccinated and still want to wear a mask, it’s perfectly fine to continue to do so. 

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