CDC new mask guidelines for vaccinated: Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana

With your vaccinated, it’s time to drop your mask.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced that fully vaccinated Americans can take off masks and the need for social distancing outdoors and in most indoor spaces.

The new guidelines introduced by Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, are an important step towards a return to normal for a nation that has been ravaged and at times divided by a pandemic that has lasted more than a year.

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Here’s what you need to know:

When can I lose the mask?

“Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large and small, without wearing a mask or physically distancing themselves,” Walensky told the pandemic. ”

In addition, the agency will no longer recommend that fully vaccinated individuals wear masks outdoors in crowds, potentially allowing for greater capacity at sporting events.

Who is considered vaccinated?

A person is considered fully vaccinated against the coronavirus two weeks after receiving the second Pfizer or Moderna shot, or as long after receiving the one-time Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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When should i wear a mask?

According to CDC guidelines, fully vaccinated people must continue to wear a mask in healthcare, in transport hubs such as airports and train stations, and on public transport.

This includes planes, buses, and trains traveling in, within, or outside of the United States as part of a federal mask mandate extended until September 13th.

The agency also said that fully vaccinated people must wear a mask or social distance in places required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidelines.

Do some places still need masks?

Yes, local businesses could choose to have customers wear masks.

Masks are still required for Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport, as are Kroger stores.

In a statement at the time, the company said the Kroger corporate family continues to require everyone to wear masks.

“We appreciate Governor DeWine’s thoughtful approach to distancing and masking constraints that recognize organizations’ need for continued flexibility in implementing security protocols,” the statement said.

The company is currently reviewing current security practices, the latest CDC guidelines, and seeking feedback from employees to guide the next phase of its guidelines.

Kings Island does not require masks outside in the park.

If the statewide mandate is lifted, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said schools and businesses will be able to set their own requirements, including for masking and distancing.

What does that mean in Ohio?

Earlier this week, Governor DeWine announced that on June 2, Ohio would lift the state mask mandate and all remaining coronavirus health care contracts except those for nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

“The vaccine is here. It’s stronger and better than medical experts ever imagined, ”DeWine said during a speech on Wednesday. “Everyone can now control their own health. Everyone can now control their own destiny. “

Officials have yet to say whether the mandate will end sooner due to the CDC announcement.

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What does that mean in Kentucky?

Kentucky’s mask mandate ends June 11th.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said Friday that June 11th events and venues can return to 100% occupancy.

The one-month delay in waiver restrictions is so great that children between the ages of 12 and 15 have ample time to get vaccinated, Beshear said.

“After a long, dark pandemic, more of our people got a glimmer of hope, and we have made steadfast efforts to lift the last remaining restrictions put in place to slow the spread of this dangerous virus and save lives,” Beshear said. “Team Kentucky: Your patience, hard work, and sacrifice have paid off. For those who haven’t been vaccinated, you still have time.”

Beshear encouraged Kentuckians who had not yet had a “glimmer of hope” to create a vaccination schedule atimpf.ky.gov.

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What does that mean in Indiana?

Not much will change for Hoosiers as the nationwide mask mandate and business capacity restrictions ended on April 6th.

However, Marion County’s health officials reiterated that the mask mandate would continue to apply to the county, which includes Indianapolis, at this point.

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Vaccination rates according to federal states

In Ohio, 42.05% of the population received at least one dose of the vaccine.

In Kentucky 43% of the population received at least one dose of the vaccine.

In Indiana 38.3% of the population received at least one dose of the vaccine.

USA TODAY and the Courier-Journal contributed to this article.

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