The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention argues if you’re vaccinated, it’s time to take your mask off. But the North Carolina mask mandate remains in place, at least for now.
In a sweeping guidance announced on Thursday, the CDC eased the mask enforcement for fully vaccinated individuals under most situations. It still calls for wearing masks in crowded indoor settings like public transportation and hospitals, but also clears the way for more businesses and schools to open back up.
Gov. Cooper will announce changes to the state’s COVID-19 orders later today, but it’s unclear if he’ll relax the mask mandate or not.
North Carolinians who are fully vaccinated will say it’s time to follow the CDC’s lead, but Cooper doesn’t seem sold on that idea. He intends to keep the state’s current mask mandate in place until two-thirds of adults receive at least one COVID-19 shot.
Although, Cooper doesn’t expect that to happen until “sometime in July.”
“I want to make sure that our doctors and professionals have time to examine what it is, and then we react accordingly,” Cooper said on Thursday about the CDC’s guidance.
This might force Cooper to amend the state’s mask mandate sooner than anticipated. He announced in April that “under the right conditions” all COVID-19 restrictions should end by June 1.
As of May 13, 45% of North Carolinians were considered fully vaccinated, according to NCDHH. At least 51% received at least one dose.