Throughout the summer, many statewide mask mandates have expired, causing some cities to create their own. But with schools reopening and the Delta variant becoming an increasing concern, some states are now opting to reinstate or strengthen their mask requirements. Vaccinated people who had enjoyed a brief taste of freedom are now finding themselves having to comply due to the “pandemic of the unvaccinated”.
Seven states, along with Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, have mask mandates for the vaccinated and the unvaccinated in place. Another six states have mask mandates for the unvaccinated. In all, that’s six more states with full mask mandates than there were at the end of July.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its mask guidance on July 27th. According to the CDC, indoor mask use is recommended in areas with high transmission rates, regardless of vaccination status. Still, a majority of states do not have mask mandates in place. Some, such as Florida, have even sought to ban local jurisdictions from enforcing the mandates. The U.S. Department of Education is investigating whether some of the states banning mask mandates are violating students’ rights.
Recently on Fox News, Tucker Carlson has defended counterfeit vaccine cards, compared mask and vaccine mandates to “my body, my choice”, and suggested those working to stop Covid should be “punished severely.”
Oh also, Peter Griffin can’t say “goddamn.”
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) September 5, 2021
Three states — California, New York, and Connecticut — have mandates that don’t apply to fully vaccinated individuals. Nevada’s statewide mandate applies to counties with high rates of Covid transmission. Illinois’ reinstated mandate went into effect Monday, requiring masks in all indoor settings for residents over the age of 2. Washington also restored its statewide indoor use requirements last week, with wording that includes a strong recommendation for masks in crowded outdoor settings.
It's kind of weird Texas says mask mandates are an invasion of people's personal choices & freedoms BUT mandates women give birth to kids even if they're a teen, raped or at risk of death themselves.
— The Jewish Ginger Resister (@JewishResister) September 5, 2021
NBC News has added an interactive data map here where you can check your state’s most recent mask mandates.